NGA Elects New Board Members, Will Co-Locate 2011 Convention With MEATEXPO

The National Grocers Association (NGA) elected five new board members and re-elected nine board members to its board of directors at the trade group’s 2010 Annual Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase, which was held last week in Las Vegas.

Retailer members elected to the board were Barry Queen, CEO of Queen’s Stores/Price Chopper, Paola, Kan., and Donald Weiss, president and CEO of WiseWay SuperCenters, Merrillville, Ind. New wholesalers elected to the board were James Denges, president and CEO of Central Grocers, Inc., Joliet, Ill.; Robert Ling Jr., EVP, general counsel and secretary of Unified Grocers, Commerce, Calif.; and Cal Miller, president and CEO of Associate Grocers of Florida, Pompano Beach, Fla.

The board also re-elected retailers Eric Hench, Chairman of Chief Supermarket, Inc., Defiance, Ohio; Roger Lowe Jr., CEO of Lowe’s Supermarkets, Littlefield, Texas; Mike Provenzano Sr., president and CEO of Pro Ranch Markets, Ontario, Calif.; and Eddie Roche, president Roche Bros Supermarkets, Wellesley, Mass, and wholesalers Neal Berube, COO, Associated Food Stores, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah; Michael Bourgoine, president and CEO, Associated Grocers of New England, Manchester, N.H.; James Buchanan, president and CEO, Laurel Grocery Company, LLC, London, Ky.; and Dean Janeway, CEO of Key Food Stores Cooperative, Staten Island, NY.

Additionally Jim Rogers, president and CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State in Albany was re-elected as state association wxecutive.

Outgoing board members were David Sinnwell, president and CEO of Dahl’s Food Markets, Inc., Des Moines; Gerald Totoritis, president and CEO of Associated Grocers of the South, Birmingham, Ala.; and Ken Fielder, president of Ken’s Supermarkets, Inc., Aberdeen, S.D.

In news concerning the Arlington, Va.-based trade group, the National Meat Association (NMA) has agreed to co-locate the MEATXPO (Suppliers’ Exposition and Annual Convention) with NGA’s next Annual Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase in Las Vegas, which is scheduled for Feb. 13 through Feb. 16, 2011 at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

“N.G.A. continues to collaboratively work with other trade association,” noted NGA EVP Frank DiPasquale. “We look forward to a bigger, better and more value-added convention in 2011. We feel that this move will enhance the networking, educational and professional services provided to our respective membership and trading business partners. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, the ability to adapt and grow to meet our members’ needs is crucial, and the meat department continues to be an important point differentiation for many of our members.”

Added Barry Carpenter, CEO of NMA, which has its headquarters in Oakland, Calif., and Marshall, Va.: “National Meat Association strives to provide its members opportunities to open doors and exercise options to make connections important to the success and continuance of their businesses. In today’s upswing of the economy, we look forward to effective working relationships with affiliate organizations.”

The Annual Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase offers general sessions and workshops, special events and networking opportunities. MEATXPO is an equipment/machinery/technology show focusing specifically on the meat industry. NMA’s annual convention complements the trade show, with roundtable sessions and forums that providing interactive exchange on current issues.
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