Cornell University • Ithaca, NY • May 31 - June 4, 2015

The 2015 NGA Executive Leadership Development Program is hosted by Cornell University. This program, generously supported by PepsiCo, provides rising grocery industry executives with the knowledge, tools, resources and inspiration necessary to lead their companies and drive them to long-term success.

Invest in Your Company’s Future
Outstanding leaders create a vision for others and have the ability to translate it into a lasting reality. Initiating and implementing organizational and cultural changes in order to execute new strategies are imperative skills for effective leaders. The NGA Executive Leadership Development Program helps retailers and wholesalers develop leaders from within their organizations who can respond to business challenges in the 21st century marketplace. The conference will provide rising grocery industry executives with the knowledge, tools, resources and inspiration necessary to lead their companies and drive them to long-term success. It is a high-impact learning opportunity encompassing intense, interactive instruction presented by a mix of respected academic and industry leaders. This industry-specific executive development program includes:

  • Five days of interactive, intensive instruction on the campus of Cornell University;

  • A faculty mix of respected academic and grocery industry leaders;

  • Time to network with other rising grocery executives; and

  • An in-depth personalized 360 degree assessment of the participant’s personal leadership style and develop an action plan to improve.

Effective leaders are necessary to provide the vision; passion; and motivation that ensures their companies will meet customer expectations and succeed in the marketplace.

Who Should Attend 
Current mid or upper-level executives with large spans of control and responsibilities that require delegation of tasks to others. These employees must be rising executives who are candidates for increased "people" and general management responsibilities.

Nomination Procedures
To nominate individuals within your company, please click the below link to access the PDF nomination form. Candidates/Applicants will be accepted according to qualifications. Once complete, please send via email attachment to Kristine Bender, Manager, Education and Research, at or fax to: 703-516-0115. You and the candidate(s) will be notified of his or her acceptance in the program by an acceptance letter shortly after the nomination deadline. 

Congratulations ELDP Class of 2015!


Paul Christianson, URM Stores, Inc. 
Matt Mendonsa, Winegars
Bob Brady, KeHe
Kevin McMenamin, McMenamin Family ShopRite
JonPaul Lake, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. 
Jason Knudsen, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. 
Paul Thomas, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. 
Rich Randazzo, Price Rite Supermarkets, Inc. 
Corey Confer, Price Rite Supermarkets, Inc. 
Charlie Dunn, Price Cutter Supermarkets
Anna Mancini, AWG/VMC
Patrick Reeves, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. 
Naomi Sleeper, Imperial Distributors, Inc. 
Wayne Cranford, Cranford's
Jorge Gonzalez, Leevers Supermarkets, Inc. 
Danny Williams, Doc's Food Stores, Inc. 
Steve Oswald, Wakefern Food Corp.
Kathryn Shields, Wakefern Food Corp. 
Erin Stocker, Wakefern Food Corp.    



Click here to download the 2015 ELDP Brochure