The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, has added two new staff members to its member services and government relations departments.
Corinne Routhier has been named VP of business development and member services. In her new role at NGA, Routhier will be responsible for the member services department and will lead all member recruitment and retention efforts. Routhier has an extensive career in the hospitality industry, where she previously held the position of director of sales for Associated Luxury Hotels International. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Loyola University Maryland.
Michael Gleeson will join NGA as director of government relations, focusing primarily on tax policy. Gleeson most recently served as director of legislative affairs for the Association of Advanced Life Underwriting, where he played a role in developing and implementing the organization’s lobbying strategy. In addition to his lobbying background, Gleeson served as tax counsel for Congressman Jim McDermott (Washington-7) for nearly three years, where he worked on a broad range of tax policy issues. He has also held positions as a tax reporter for Tax Notes and The Hill. Gleeson holds a master’s degree in taxation from American University and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Washington.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome both Michael and Corinne to NGA. Corinne brings a strong skill set for building relationships and a keen understanding of the importance for superior customer service,” said Peter J. Larkin, NGA president and CEO. “Michael’s broad tax experience will be a great asset to NGA, especially as Congress begins to consider tax reform. I look forward to working with them as NGA continues enhance our programs and member benefits to better serve the independent supermarket industry.”
Routhier and Gleeson will begin with NGA on Jan. 3.