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American Wholesale Marketers Association Names Chairman

FAIRFAX, Va. -- The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) has named Dick Dunham, v.p. of operations at Durant, Okla.-based Stephenson Wholesale Co., Inc., its 2008 chairman.

"Dick Dunham brings invaluable experience from over 30 years in the convenience and supermarket distribution industry to our board of directors," said AWMA president and c.e.o. Scott Ramminger in a statement. "AWMA members know they can look to Dick for leadership on the complex issues which lay ahead."

Dunham joined Stephenson Wholesale Co. in 1995 and, before that, worked for Safeway (Texas and California), Vons (California), and Hale-Halsell (Oklahoma). He currently serves on the executive board of the Oklahoma Wholesale Marketers Association and the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors, in addition to his AWMA chairmanship.

Dunham will deliver the opening address at AWMA's Real Deal Expo, the association's annual convention, which is being held Feb. 20 to Feb. 22 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The event is one of the United States' oldest and largest shows for such warehouse-distributed items as snacks, candy, tobacco, grocery, foodservice, general merchandise, health and beauty care items, and technology products.

AWMA is the only international trade organization working on behalf of convenience distributors in the United States. Associate members include manufacturers, brokers, and retailers. As well as convenience stores, their largest customer segment, convenience distributors service grocery stores, drug stores, tobacco shops, mass merchants, newsstands, concession stands, gift shops, fundraising groups, restaurants, and institutions.
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