The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association has announced the addition of Rena Shiles, VP of operations at Albertsons Companies, to its board of directors.
Shiles leads the ACME Markets subsidiary of the MidAtlantic Division of Albertsons, overseeing 86 grocery stores that cover central and southern New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
“ACME Markets always has been a supportive and active association member. We’re excited to welcome Rena to the board as we continue that relationship,” said Alex Baloga, PFMA president and CEO. “Rena’s impressive personal and professional experience will be a great asset to the association.”
In January 2016, Shiles joined the company’s Safeway division as an assistant store director, moving up the ranks to store director. She eventually became a district manager, controlling more than 21 stores in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in 2019.
During this tenure, she was recognized for being a focal point of her division’s high growth in sales. She increased creative marketing strategy initiatives and built cohesive, diverse teams that improved her company’s economic stature.
Prior to Albertsons, she served with distinction in the U.S. Army for more than 25 years, rising to the rank of colonel. She attributes this life experience to developing a strong sense of commitment, high motivational presence and lead from-the-front mentality.
Shiles earned a master’s degree in business administration from American University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Texas. Her husband, Timothy, is currently serving overseas in the U.S. Army.
PFMA is led by a 35-member board of directors that includes retail and associate members. This volunteer group shapes the association’s agenda.
The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, 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 4,000 stores and employ more than 250,000 Pennsylvanians.
For more information, visit pfma.org.