Michael Donkin, president, ARG: Donkin has been with ARG for 12 years, most recently in the role of COO. He brings to his latest role 25-plus years in the independent grocery industry, much of it at the retail and wholesale levels. Donkin serves on the board of directors at the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association.
Mike Bokarae, president, Alliance Data Management and A2 Advertising: Bokarae has been with Alliance Marketing since 2020, most recently in the role of chief development officer. He has 30-plus years of experience working in the independent grocery industry, including 25 years with Kraft Heinz as a VP focused on serving independent grocers.
Earlier this month, ARG and data platform Skupos joined forces with Swiftly, a retail technology company that delivers omnichannel tools for enterprise retailers, on an easy-to-integrate, low-cost digital platform that will offer advertisers access to the largest network of stores in the country.
Hendersonville, Tenn.-based ARG is a retailer-owned limited-liability company that passes 100% of vendor trade funds to its members with a transparent fee-based business model. As a cooperative, it negotiates with trade partners. Working with retailers, CPG vendors and wholesalers in the independent grocery industry, Hendersonville,-based iPro Systems specializes in the management of scan-based promotions, data analytics and reporting. The mission of A2 Advertising is to help small businesses succeed using marketing and advertising through innovative technology and creative personnel. The ARG service has offices in Hendersonville and Kansas City, Mo.
Bowling Green, Ky.-based Houchens Industries, the parent company of 300-plus retail grocery, convenience and neighborhood market stores in 14 states, is No. 72 on The PG 100 Progressive Grocer’s 2022 list of the top food and consumables retailers in the United States.