Robert A. Mariano, chairman, president and CEO of Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Roundy’s Inc., will address produce retail industry executives at the United Fresh 2015 opening general session on June 9 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Mariano started out in the retail grocery business at the age of 17, working as a part-time deli clerk at Dominick’s Finer Foods. In 1995, he became president and CEO of Dominick’s.
In June 2002, Mariano assumed his current roles at Roundy’s Inc. The grocery retailer operates stores in Wisconsin and Illinois and employs more than 22,000 people.
In 2010, Roundy’s introduced the Mariano’s Fresh Market banner, a concept born of Robert Mariano’s four decades of experience.
The unique banner now is known as Mariano’s, and there are 30 locations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
“From appreciating the unique roles that customers, employees and suppliers all play in business cycles, to understanding the direction in which public policy, technology and next-generation strategic thinking could shape the industry’s future, Bob, perhaps better than anyone, grasps the complex nature of today’s produce retail environment,” said United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel. “We are excited to have him share his insight, experience and perspective on how he sees our industry evolving.”
The opening breakfast general session will take place from 8-9:45 a.m. June 9 in the Vista Ballroom at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Participation in the keynote session is available only to those attendees who have purchased United Fresh’s educational packages. Sunkist Growers is the sponsor of the breakfast general session.
Co-located with FMI Connect 2015 and the International Floriculture Expo, United Fresh 2015 will bring together retail, fresh produce and floral leaders who are searching for unique products and looking to enhance relationships with business partners. Registration is available at unitedfreshshow.org.