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Retail Execs Begin New Terms as WAFC Directors

Four retail executives have been elected to the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) board, including: Gary Bickmore, SVP/GM West Coast Sales for C&S Wholesale Grocers; Nancy Lebold, SVP/operations South, WinCo Foods; Dan Sanders, EVP of operations for Sprouts Markets; and Adam Wampler, SVP of retail operations for Albertsons/Safeway's Seattle division.

“We welcome Gary, Nancy, Dan and Adam to the WAFC Board of Directors and look forward to their participation in our mission of 'advancing the food industry through education and leadership'" said Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Food4Less/Foods Co. and WAFC president/chairman.

Due to the recent retirement of Rick Rayford from Brookshire Grocery Co., who served as WAFC VP, the trade organization's officer lineup has changed.

“We are so appreciative of Rick’s leadership while serving on the WAFC board," said Kaltenbach. "He truly made a difference in the industry and in the lives of his associates in partnering with Tyler Junior College to expand the Retail Management Certificate program into Texas. We wish Rick and Bonnie much happiness in their retirement."

WAFC's officers now include President/Chairman Bryan Kaltenbach, president, Food4Less/Foods Co.; VP Donna Giordano, president, Ralphs Grocery Co.; Treasurer Kevin Curry, SVP sales, merchandising and distribution, Raley’s; and Seretary Mike Stigers, EVP Independent Business & Supply Chain Services, Supervalu Inc.


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