FMI Elects Officers, Board Members

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has elected two new vice chairmen and five new members to its board of directors.

According to the Arlington, Va.-based trade organization’s president and CEO, Leslie G. Sarasin: “These new leaders bring to FMI great vision, talent, creativity and utmost dedication to the industry. They exemplify the many ways we serve our customers, communities and, ultimately, America. They make FMI’s leadership more diverse, running companies large, midsized and small, including retailers and wholesalers, and many of their businesses are family-owned.”

The new vice chairman of independent retailers and wholesalers is David Ball, president and CEO of Kansas City, Kan.-based Ball’s Price Chopper/Hen House Markets. Ball also remains as the chairman of FMI’s Independent Operator Advisory Board.

Steven A. Burd, chairman, president and CEO of Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway, Inc., is now the vice chairman of finance. For his work as a public policy advocate focusing on organized retail crime, health care costs, health and wellness, sustainability, and cancer research and prevention, Burd received FMI’s Glen P. Woodard Jr. Public Affairs Award in 2007.

The new board members are Jim Donald, president and CEO of Bellingham, Wash.-based Haggen, Inc.; Dennis Eidson, president and CEO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocery wholesaler and retailer Spartan Stores; Joey Hays, owner and president of five supermarkets under the Food Rite banner, based in Dyer, Tenn.; Tom Heinen, president and COO of Cleveland-based Heinen’s Fine Foods, Inc.; and Steve Junqueiro, president of Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart Supermarkets.

In other FMI news, the organization will co-locate its Exhibit and Education Event with the American Meat Institute’s International Meat Poultry and Seafood Convention and Exposition, and the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual convention starting in 2012 at the Dallas Convention Center. The AMI Expo will take place April 30 through May 3, 2012, while the FMI Exhibit and Education Event and United Fresh will be held May 1 though May 3, 2012.

Although the three shows will each offer their own exhibit halls, as well as unique education programming for their own attendees, the organizations will consider potential joint programming and networking events.

The scheduling will reunite the FMI Show and United Fresh, but marks the first co-location of either group with the AMI Expo. “This co-location provides the opportunity to foster leadership education opportunities that span across the industry and bring more depth and increased value to retailers from the front-lines to company headquarters,” noted FMI’s Sarasin.
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