NGA announces best ever 2017 NGA Show in its history

Las Vegas, NV, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2017 NGA Show opened with over 3,400 registered attendees, making it the seventh consecutive year of record breaking attendance levels. Alongside a sold-out EXPO floor, the National Grocers Association’s (NGA) annual convention also witnessed a record attendance level for retailer and wholesaler participants.

“The NGA Show continues to experience growth, showcasing that this event is truly the event where independents gather. We are excited to continue to build off of the momentum from previous NGA Shows,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA.

Over the next two days, The NGA Show will feature more than 40 education workshops and a sold-out EXPO floor with over 325 exhibitors in various categories such as produce, meat, technology, craft beers, and general merchandise and health, wellness and beauty product sectors.

“Year after year, the NGA team seeks to provide Show attendees with an event that has them leaving with the necessary resources, tools and solutions to address shifting demands and marketplace challenges, and ultimately help them grow their bottom line,” Larkin noted.

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner was featured as the keynote speaker for the opening session, sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company.  A former small businessman, Boehner served for nearly five years as the 53rd Speaker of the House, where he led efforts for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government.

In addition to today’s NGA Show events, the NGA Board of Directors, by recommendation of its nominating committee and a subsequent vote by the NGA membership, announced the 2017 Board of Directors, Officers and Executive Committee members, as well as the election of eight new Board members.

The 2017 NGA Board of Directors:

Executive Committee Officers
Chairman: Bob Ling – Unified Grocers, Inc.
Immediate Past Chairman: Rich Niemann, Jr. – Niemann Foods, Inc.
Vice Chairman: Cheryl Sommer – Kaune’s Neighborhood Market
Treasurer: Rich McMenamin – McMenamin Family ShopRite
Secretary: Ted Balistreri, Sendik’s Food Markets
President and CEO: Peter J. Larkin, National Grocers Association

Members appointed to the 2017 Executive Committee:
Kim Eskew – Harps Food Stores, Inc.
Roger Lowe, Jr. – Lowe’s Market
Jeff Reagan – Wakefern Food Corp.
David Smith – Associated Wholesale Grocers
Michael Stigers – SUPERVALU, Inc.

Newly elected & appointed to the 2017 NGA Board of Directors:
Jim Badalati – CROSSMARK
Kimberly Brackett – Brackett’s Market IGA
Nancy Chagares – Save-a-lot Food Stores
Jesse Garcia – Post Consumer Brands
Jan Gee – Washington Food Industry Association
Reed Kessler – Kessler’s Inc.
Christopher Miller – Associated Grocers of Florida, Inc.
Zulema Wiscovitch – Associated Supermarket Group

NGA would like to recognize and thank the following outgoing board members for their service and leadership:
Randy Arceneaux – Affiliated Foods, Inc.
Rick Brindle – Mondelēz International
Spencer Coates – Houchens Industries, Inc.
Ron Fong – California Grocers Association
David Maniaci – Nicholas Market
Todd Mitchell – CROSSMARK

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Source: NGA

NGA recognized Niemann Foods, Inc. CEO and Harps Food Stores Chairman with top awards during the 2017 NGA Show

Las Vegas, NV, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) recognized two industry leaders with top awards during the 2017 NGA Show. The following individuals were honored with the below industry awards:

The Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award was presented to Rich Niemann, Jr., President and CEO of Niemann Foods, Inc. Niemann began his career with Niemann Foods, Inc. in 1977, following his graduation from the University of Illinois. He has been the President and CEO of the company since 2005. Niemann serves on the NGA Board of Directors as the Immediate Past Chairman and has held positions on numerous boards, including the Illinois Food Retailers Association.

“A passionate leader, who has his eye always to the future, Rich is continuously inspiring others in the independent supermarket industry to find new and innovative ways to better serve their communities. NGA is proud to honor such a distinguished individual for his service and dedication to his stores, his community, and our industry,” said NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin.

Since 2009, the Thomas K. Zaucha Award, presented by Mondelēz International and named after NGA’s first President and CEO, has been presented annually to recognize an independent grocer that exemplifies persistence, vision, and creative entrepreneurship. This award is one of the most prestigious honors awarded to independent grocers.

The Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award was presented to Roger Collins, Chairman of Harps Food Stores. Collins started with Harps in 1986 as the Vice President of Finance and CFO. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1995 and CEO in 2000. Collins stepped down as CEO in 2016 but remains as Chairman. He has served on both the board and executive committee of NGA, the National Cooperative Bank, and Associated Wholesale Grocers, as well as the Board of Regents for the NGA Research and Education Foundation. In 2015, Collins was awarded the Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award by NGA.

“As a supporter of the Grocers PAC and NGA’s government relations efforts, Roger understands the importance of cultivating relationships with policymakers who will be champions for the independent supermarket industry. He has been a strong advocate for the independent grocer on all levels of government,” said Greg Ferrara, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs, NGA.

The Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award was established in 2014 to honor Tom Wenning for his 40 years of service to NGA and the independent supermarket industry and is presented to an NGA member who helps advance the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.

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Source: NGA

National Grocers Association announces former speaker of the House John Boehner as the keynote speaker for 2017 NGA Show

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced today that former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner will deliver the opening keynote address, sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, during the 2017 NGA Show held February 12 – 15 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A former small businessman, Boehner served for nearly five years as the 53rd Speaker of the House, where he led efforts for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Boehner grew up mopping floors at his family tavern and playing football at Moeller High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Xavier University while he working to pay his tuition and later started his own small business. Boehner got involved in state and local government after experiencing firsthand the impact high taxes and red tape had on entrepreneurs. In 1990, he was elected to Congress, where he quickly gained the reputation as a reformer and fought to reduce government spending and balance the budget. He left Congress in October of 2015, after nearly 25 years of serving the people of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District and the nation.

“We are excited to have former Speaker Boehner join us as the keynote speaker for our 2017 Show,” said NGA president and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “Given his wealth of knowledge, along with his small business background, and of course his candor, I can’t think of anyone better suited to stimulate dialogue and provide insight about the current political and economic issues and how they will impact independent grocers.”

Along with revealing the 2017 keynote speaker, NGA also announced that online registration has now opened. The 2017 NGA Show will feature a number of new elements including, a revamped, less formal networking Tuesday night event, and seven educational tracks titled “Farm to Store,” “In the Aisles,” “People Development,” “Attracting Shoppers,” “Executing for Excellence,” “Payments and Profitability,” and “Connected Commerce.”

“Whether you own one store or operate a multi-store chain, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to being successful in the supermarket industry. Staying ahead of the curve in a variety of areas is vitally important. We believe these enhanced aspects of the Show, specifically the newly focused workshop tracks, will ensure that attendees will leave Las Vegas with the necessary resources, tools and solutions to address shifting demands and marketplace challenges, and ultimately help them grow their bottom line,” Larkin commented.

For over 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independents gather, connecting grocery retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. Online registration for The NGA Show can be found at www.theNGAshow.com.

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Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: National Grocers Association