The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) has made changes to its board of directors, appointing two new members and announcing new leadership positions.
The announcement was made at the annual meeting during the 2019 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, May 28-29. Alex Baloga, president and CEO at PFMA, and Gene Cleary, senior director of independent sales at C&S Wholesale Grocers, were appointed to the board of directors. The remaining board members were elected to another term.
Cleary was named board secretary, replacing Frank Puleo, also of C&S Wholesale Grocers. Board member Lisa Dell’Alba, president and CEO of Square One Markets, was named board treasurer, replacing Tom Cormier, manager of government affairs at Retail Business Services, a subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize USA. Cormier was promoted to vice chairman, replacing Lou Mola, loss prevention manager at Wawa.
“Lisa and Gene are both proven leaders in the food and beverage industry, and we are very confident they will excel in leadership positions with PFMA,” Baloga said. “We also want to express our deepest gratitude to Frank and Lou for their service to the board and wish them the very best in their retirement.
As president of Square One Market Inc. in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Dell’Alba runs the nine-store convenience and gasoline retail chain. She joined the family-operated business 12 years ago. Through the years, she managed the company’s flagship store, served in all aspects of human resources and ascended to VP of operations, where she worked with her father, Gary Dell’Alba. She took on the president’s responsibilities after his death in 2009. In addition to her work with PFMA, Dell’Alba serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and Team Pennsylvania.
Cleary has more than 40 years of experience in the food industry, having worked at major wholesalers including UNFI and Wetterau prior to joining C&S Wholesale Grocers, where he has served for 16 years. He manages a team responsible for sales for the company’s independent clients in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New York.
PFMA, a statewide trade association, advocates the views of nearly 800 convenience stores, supermarkets, independent grocers, wholesalers and consumer product vendors. PFMA members operate more than 3,500 stores and employ more than 200,000 Pennsylvanians.