The Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) elected its 2020-21 officers and board of directors on May 2, during a WAFC Executive Committee meeting.
The new officers are:
- President and Chairman Greg McNiff, president of Stater Bros. Markets;
- Vice President Scott Drew, EVP of Smart & Final Stores;
- Treasurer Pat Posey, VP of non-perishable procurement and merchandising for Bristol Farms;
- Secretary Paul Gianetto, EVP of sales and merchandising for Raley’s; and
- WAFC Advisory Chairwoman Sarah Wehling, SVP of fresh foods for Costco Wholesale.
Advisory members are: Mike Stigers with Cub Foods/UNFI, Kevin Curry with Albertsons/ Vons/Pavilions, Bryan Kaltenbach with Food4Less/Foods Co.and Donna Tyndall with Gelson’s.
Directors: John Alston, Brookshire Brothers; Edward Basha III, Bashas’ Inc.; Neal Berube, Associated Foods; Robert Branton, Ralphs Grocery Co.; Jack Breeding, Food4Less/Foods Co.; Wendy Coldesina, Costco Wholesale; Barry Craft, Bashas’ Inc.; Joe Falvey, UNFI; Steve Fujimoto, Albertsons/Safeway–Portland; Miguel Garcia, Kroger-Dallas; Dennis Gibson, Fred Meyer; Education Chairman: Mike Hendry, Northgate Gonzalez Market; Trey Johnson, Save Mart; Kevin Lovell, Albertsons/ Safeway–NorCal; Sam Masterson, Good Food Holdings; Rob McDougall, Gelson’s; Dan Murphy, UNFI; Tyler Myers, Myers Group; Tom Nelson, Albertsons/ Safeway–Southwest; Matt Reeve, Smart & Final; Dan Sanders, Sprouts Farmers Market; Megan Snyder, WinCo Foods; Mimi Song, Superior Grocers; Keith Thomas, Stater Bros. Markets; Jim Wallace, Sprouts Farmers Market; Richard Wardwell, Superior Grocers; Rick Williams Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions; and Eric Winn, C&S Wholesale Grocers.
Established in 1921, with grants in excess of $33 million, the Lakewood, California-based WAFC is focused on providing educational opportunities for food industry associates. The Food Industry Management Program at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business has been available to qualified industry participants for 62 years. In 2000, the WAFC expanded its scope by working with community colleges throughout the Western United States to establish the “Retail Management Certificate Program.” The Retail Management Certificate Program curriculum is currently available at 160 college/satellite locations and online nationally.