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NGA Foundation’s ELDP Celebrates 45 Graduates


The NGA Foundation’s Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), which was held during the first week of June at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, is celebrating the graduation of 45 grocery industry executives.

“The ELDP program prepares the next generation of leaders in the supermarket industry to take on an array of challenges and opportunities. The industry is constantly evolving, and leadership and development programs are critical for independents to thrive,” said Matt Ott, executive director of the NGA Foundation. “Thanks to PepsiCo, NGA is able to provide the ELDP program, enabling independent supermarket operators to invest in their future leaders.”

The ELDP program is geared toward mid or upper-level executives. Participants have been identified as rising executives and nominated by supervisors within their company.

The program includes five days of instruction on the campus of Cornell University, lessons from academic and grocery industry leaders, networking opportunities, and an assessment of the participant’s leadership style.

The 2019 ELDP graduates are:

Adam Campbell, Woodman’s Food Market Inc.
Brian Usinger, Woodman’s Food Market Inc.
Bridget Grabowski, C&S Wholesale Grocers
Chris Green, ShopRite Supermarkets Inc.
Chris McMahon, ShopRite Supermarkets Inc.
Cristy Hess, Busch’s Fresh Food Market
Darlene Xhudo, Nicholas Markets
Darryl Miller, Associated Wholesale Grocers
David Pack, Coborn’s Inc.
David “Nick” Lenzi, Busch’s Fresh Food Market
Devyn Blais-Webb, Big Y Foods
Diana Barr, Coborn’s Inc.
Doug Pickerill, Associated Wholesale Grocers
Ed Territo, Allegiance Retail Services/Foodtown
Elaine Mitchell, Affiliated Foods Inc.
Erik Da Rocha, Wakefern Food Corp.
Jaime Kissinger, Delaware Supermarkets/ShopRite
Jessica Valentino, Ravitz Family Markets
Joe Anzaldo, Newport Avenue Market
John Kozarski, Ravitz Family Markets
John Fraro, Big Y Foods
Josh Croson, Coborn’s Inc.
Julie Bolick, Merchants Distributors LLC
Keith Fanguy, Associated Grocers Inc.
Keith Williams, Merchants Distributors LLC
Kirk LaBoyteaux, Brookshire Grocery Co.
Krystyna Testa, Wakefern Food Corp.
Laura Fisher, National Grocers Association
Lisa Swanson, Hugo’s Family Marketplace
Marc Hamilton, ShopRite Supermarkets Inc.
Mark Wyckoff, Brookdale ShopRite
Matt Brown, Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Co. Inc.
Meg Mitchell, C&S Wholesale Grocers
Michael Arbuckle, Harmons
Mike Soehlman, Harps Food Stores Inc.
Mike Piziak, Big Y Foods
Nallely De Jesus, Met Fresh Supermarket
Nick Maniaci, Nicholas Markets
Pat Elliott, Delaware Supermarkets/ShopRite
Rebecca Weber, ShopRite Supermarkets Inc.
Richard “Rick” Goodman, Associated Grocers Inc.
Robin Hayes, Mitchell Grocery Corp.
Shane Estep, K-VA-T Food Stores/Food City
Tim Schaefer, Merchants Distributors LLC
Tom Domino, Wakefern Food Corp.

NGA represents independent retailers of the food distribution industry. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.

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