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NGA Foundation Congratulates 2018 Executive Leadership Development Program Graduates

Jun 21, 2018
Arlington, VA – The NGA Foundation is pleased to congratulate 38 grocery executives on their completion of the 2018 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). The event was held June 3 – 7 at Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York.

“The next generation of leaders and executives will continue to face the shifts and ubiquitous change within the supermarket industry, and it is critically important that we invest in these rising executives through development and leadership training for the long-term success of the industry. The NGA Foundation’s ELDP is a best in class program that has helped to grow the careers of many of its graduates,” said Matt Ott, executive director of the NGA Foundation. “Thanks to the generous support from PepsiCo, we are proud to say that since the program’s inception over 500 leaders in the independent sector have graduated from ELDP.”

ELDP helps independent supermarket operators and wholesalers develop leaders from within their organizations who can respond to business challenges in the 21st century marketplace. It is a high-impact learning opportunity for rising grocery executives that provides interactive instruction presented by a mix of respected academic and industry leaders.

For the past 15 years, ELDP has been generously supported by PepsiCo.

2018 ELDP graduates:
Brahm Ahmadi, President & CEO, People’s Community Market
Alan Atwood, Retail Counselor, Merchants Distributors, LLC (MDI)
Jim Baldwin, Store Director, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
Patrick Brennan, Buyer, Certco
Megan Breunig, Buyer, Certco
Jeff Brown, Retail Manager, Piggly Wiggly Alabama Dist. Co.
Colleen Casey, Store Director, Ravitz Family Markets
Chad Crow, Director of Facility Services, Brookshire Grocery Company
Cary Cunningham, District Manager, Harps Food Stores, Inc.
Kristof Duna, Director of Private Brands, Merchants Distributors, LLC (MDI)
Wilbur Fabre, Jr., Director of Outbound, Associated Grocers, Inc.
Courtney Fagan, Senior Legislative Representative, Wakefern Food Corp.
Neil Fandel, Director of Supply Chain & Logistics, Coborn's Inc.
Michael Gay, Store Manager, Foodfresh
Curtis Hathenbruck, Store Director, Harmons
Mike Hoch, Category Manager, Associated Wholesale Grocers
Mark Hubbard, District Manager, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. (dba Food City)
Margo Johnson, Store Director, Hugo's Family Marketplace
Chris Jones, Vice President, Government Relations & Counsel, National Grocers Association
Melissa, Kenny, Director of Sales and Marketing, Kenny Family ShopRites of Delaware
Shannon Kincade, Director of General Merchandise, Harps Food Stores, Inc.
Kyle Kurr, Category Manager – Frozen, Coborn's Inc.
Jana Luzzi, General Manager, Harvest Market/Cypress Holdings Inc.
Tucker Lynn, Category Manager, Wakefern Food Corp.
Ryan Maloney, Corporate Merchandising Manager, Wakefern Food Corp.
Michelle Mendoza, Director of Marketing, Associated Supermarket Group
Mackinley Moise, Assistant Store Manager, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
Kevin Morgan, Director of Perishables, Ravitz Family Markets
Brandon Mowell, District Manager, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. (dba Food City)
Grace Richards, Assistant Store Manager, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
Jack Rohrbaugh, Wooster Milltown Store Manager, Buehler's Fresh Foods
Michael Sharpe, Key Account Representative Canada, FMS Solutions Holdings, LLC
Heather Standifer, Category Manager, Associated Wholesale Grocers
Kevin Thompson, Food Operations Executive, S. L. Horsfords & Co LTD
Chris Wagner, Director of Meat & Seafood Merchandising, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
David Walpuck, Quality Assurance Specialist, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
Bobby Williams, Director of Benefits & Compensation, Associated Grocers, Inc.
Lynn Young, Pharmacy District Manager, Coborn's Inc.

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ELDP 2018 Graduates
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