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CGA Names Independent Grocery Operator Chairman Of The Board

Bob Parriott and Jim Wallace.
Bob Parriott and Jim Wallace.

Bob Parriott, president and CEO of Twain Harte Market in Twain Harte, California, was elected the 2017-2018 California Grocers Association (CGA) chairman of the board of directors at the association’s annual meeting on Dec. 1.

As chair, Parriott will lead the board’s strategy regarding CGA’s legislative, educational, communications and industry-related programs. The association is comprised of more than 300 retail companies operating more than 6,000 stores in California and Nevada. The chair serves for one year. He succeeds Immediate Past Chair Jim Wallace of Albertsons Cos.

“Bob continues CGA’s long history of both large and small grocery operators serving as board chair,” says CGA President Ron Fong. “As an independent grocery operator, Bob will be a very strong voice for this extremely important member segment of CGA. We look forward to Bob’s leadership in the coming year.”

CGA says Parriott was instrumental in the association’s merger with the California Independent Grocers Association in 2014, and he was appointed to the CGA executive board that same year.

In addition to Parriott, the following individuals were elected to the 2017-2018 CGA Board of Directors Executive Committee: First Vice Chair Kendra Doyel, Ralphs Grocery Co.; Second Vice Chair Phil Miller, C&S Wholesale; Treasurer Hee-Sook Nelson, Gelson’s Markets; Secretary Renee Amen, Super A Foods; and Immediate Past Chair Jim Wallace, Albertsons Cos.

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Chairman’s appointments to the executive committee include: Dave Jones, Kellogg Co.; Kevin Arceneaux, Mondelez International Inc.; and Lynn Melillo, Bristol Farms.

Independent Operator Committee Chair Dennis Darling, Foods Etc., will continue as a non-voting executive committee member,

Directors elected to their first full three-year term include: Mark Arrington, Post Consumer Brands; Jake Fermanian, Super King Markets; Mark Foley, Raley’s; David Higginbotham, Stater Bros. Markets; John Mastropaolo, Chobani; Tim Murphy, Costco Wholesale; Jeff Sigmen, Reyes Coca-Cola; Lee Smith, Smart & Final Stores; Rick Stewart, Susanville Supermarket IGA; Rob Twyman, Whole Foods Market; and Karl Wissmann, C & K Market.

Directors elected to their second three-year term include: Brent Cotten, The Hershey Co.; Dennis Darling, Foods Etc.; Lynn Melillo, Bristol Farms; Casey McQuaid, E & J Gallo Winery; Nicole Pesco, The Save Mart Cos.; Casey Rodacker, Mar-Val Food Stores; and Kevin Young, Young’s Payless Market IGA.

Former CGA Chair Kevin Konkel, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, was elected as an honorary board member.

CGA is a nonprofit, statewide trade association representing the food industry since 1898. The association represents approximately 300 retail members operating more than 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada, and approximately 200 grocery supplier companies.


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