2017 NGA Board of Directors

Executive Committee Officers

Chairman of the Board

Bob Ling
Unified Grocers, Inc.
Commerce, CA

Immediate Past Chairman

Rich Niemann, Jr.
Niemann Foods, Inc.
Quincy, IL

Vice Chairman

Cheryl Pick Sommer
Kaune's Neighborhood Market
Santa Fe, NM

Treasurer

Rich McMenamin
McMenamin Family ShopRite
Philadelphia, PA

Secretary

Ted Balistreri
Sendik's Food Markets
Milwaukee, WI

President and CEO

Peter J. Larkin
National Grocers Association
Arlington, VA

Executive Committee Members

Kim B. Eskew
Harps Food Stores, Inc.
Springdale, AR

Roger Lowe, Jr.
Pay and Save, Inc. dba Lowe’s
Littlefield, TX

David E. Smith
Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
Kansas City, KS

Jeff Reagan
Wakefern Food Corp.
Edison, NJ

Mike Stigers
SUPERVALU, INC.
Eden Prairie, MN

 

Board Members

Jim Badalati 
CROSSMARK
Plano, TX

Terrie Baker
Baker’s IGA
Newcomerstown, OH

Denny Belcastro
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Rosemont, IL

Julie Bitter
Unilever
Charlotte, NC

Trent Brookshire
Brookshire Grocery Company
Tyler, TX

RF Buche
GF Buche Company
Wagner, SD

Guy Chiarello
First Data
New York, NY

John T. Derderian
Allegiance Retail Services, LLC
Iselin, NJ

Rick Geyer
Geyer's Markets Inc.
Mt. Gilead, OH

Steve Heggelke
Bozzuto's Inc.
Cheshire, CT

Nolan Lockwood
Walla Walla’s Harvest Foods
Walla Walla, WA

Larry Pierce
SpartanNash Company
Grand Rapids, MI

Michael Ridenour
The Kraft Heinz Company
Chicago, IL

Ray Sprinkle
URM Stores, Inc.
Spokane, WA

Jeff Strack
Strack & Van Til
Highland, IN

Ellie Taylor
Alabama Grocers Association
Birmingham, AL

Michael J. Violette
Associated Grocers of New England, Inc.
Pembroke, NH 

Zulema Wiscovitch
Associated Supermarket Group
Port Washington, NY

Jimmy Wright 
Wright's Market
Opelika, AL

Neal Berube
Associated Food Stores, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT

Kimberly M. Brackett 
Brackett's Market IGA
Bath, ME

Emile R. Breaux
Associated Grocers, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA

Christopher Brown
C&S Wholesale Grocers
Keene, NH

Rudy Dory
Newport Avenue Market
Bend, OR

Jesse R. Garcia
Post Consumer Brands
Lakeville, MN

Jan Gee
Washington Food Industry Association
Olympia, WA

Tim Henderson
Henderson’s IGA, Inc. Prairie Village
Valentine, NE

Maria R. Kamberos
Treasure Island Foods, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Reed Kessler 
Kessler's Inc.
Aberdeen, SD

Bob McTeir
Merchants Distributors, LLC
Hickory, NC

Christopher Miller
Associated Grocers of Florida, Inc.
Pompano Beach, FL

David Mitchell
Mitchell Grocery Corporation
Albertville, AL

Richard E. Morgan, Jr.
North State Grocery Inc. dba Holiday Market/Sav Mor Foods
Cottonwood, CA

Kristi Magnuson Nelson
Hugo's Family Marketplace
South Grands Forks, ND

David Ochs
KeHE Distributors, LLC
Naperville, IL

Daniel Shanahan
Buehler Fresh Foods
Wooster, OH

Eric Stille
Nugget Market, Inc.
Woodland, CA

Erick Taylor
Pyramid Foods
Springfield, MO 

 

Ex-Officio Members


Carole F. Bitter, Ph.D
Friedman's Freshmarkets
Butler, PA

J.H. Campbell, Jr.
Associated Grocers, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA

Chris Coborn
Coborn's, Inc.
St. Cloud, MN

Michael S. Needler, Sr.
Fresh Encounter
Findlay, OH

John Ross
IGA Inc.
Chicago, IL

Steven Smith
K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
Abingdon, VA

Joe Sheridan
Wakefern Food Corp.
Keasbey, NJ