Board of Directors

2019 Executive Committee Officers

Chair of the Board

Cheryl Sommer
Kaune’s Neighborhood Market
Santa Fe, NM

Immediate Past Chairman

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

Vice Chairman

Mike Stigers
UNFI/SuperValu
Eden Prairie, MN

Treasurer

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

Secretary

Ted Balistreri
Sendik’s Food Markets
Milwaukee, WI

President and CEO

Greg Ferrara
National Grocers Association
Arlington, VA

2019 Executive Committee Members

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

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

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

Jeff Reagan
Wakefern Food Corp.
Edison, NJ

Zulema Wiscovitch
Associated Supermarket Group
Port Washington, NY

 

2019 Board Members

John Akins
Akins Market
Quincy, WA

Randy Arceneaux
Affiliated Foods, Inc.
Amarillo, TX

Jay Ard
The Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, GA

Terrie Baker
Baker’s IGA
Newcomerstown, OH

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

Jennifer Bosma
Harvest Market
Fort Bragg, CA

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

Trent Brookshire
Brookshire Grocery Company
Tyler, TX

Amy Kirtland
KeHE Distributors
Naperville, IL

Joe Cavaliere
C&S Wholesaler
Keene, NH

Dave Conroy
Fiserv
Jersey City, NJ

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

Rudy Dory
Newport Avenue Market
Bend, OR

Jesse R. Garcia
Post Consumer Brands
Lakeville, MN

Jan Gee
Washington Food Industry Association
Olympia, WA

Ron Graff Jr.
Columbiana Foods Inc.
Youngstown, OH

Neil Greenstein
Brookdale/Newark ShopRite
Newark, NJ

Winston Griffin
Laurel Grocery Co.
London, KY

Steve Heggelke
Bozzuto’s Inc.
Cheshire, CT

Michelle Hurd
Iowa Grocery Industry Association
Urbandale, IA

Paula Janssen
Janssens Fine Foods
Greenville, DE

Reed Kessler
Kessler’s Inc.
Aberdeen, SD

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

Bob McTeir
Merchants Distributors, LLC
Hickory, NC

Brian Moyer
Freshop
Rochester, NY

Pete Najjar
Cardiff Seaside Market
Cardiff, CA

Michael Needler Jr.,
Fresh Encounter, Inc.
Findlay, OH

Tony Patrignelli
Unilever
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Eligio Pena
Compare Foods
Raleigh-Durham, NC

Lori Raya
SpartanNash Company
Grand Rapids, MI

Kevin Proctor
Save-A-Lot
Earth City, MO

Gary Redner
Redner’s Markets
Reading, PA

Art Rosenberg
PepsiCo, Inc.
White Plains, NY

Daniel Shanahan
Buehler’s Fresh Foods
Wooster, OH

Ray Sprinkle
URM Stores, Inc.
Spokane, WA

Jeff Strack
Strack & Van Til
Highland, IN

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

Joe Wolf
Alliance Retail Group
Nashville, TN

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

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

Joe Sheridan
Wakefern Food Corp.
Keasbey, NJ