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MGA Names Garofalo As Incoming President, Succeeding Pfuhl

Pat Garofalo of the MGA
Pat Garofalo

The Minnesota Grocers Association has selected Patrick Garofalo as its new president. He will join MGA on July 15, transitioning to full responsibilities of the position on Aug. 30.

He succeeds Jamie Pfuhl, who is retiring after 27 years with the organization.

Garofalo served Minnesota as a state representative for the past 20 years. He was a leading voice on policies that affect main street Minnesota and brings a depth of understanding of the leadership needed to advance the objectives of the MGA. Garofalo’s wide-ranging expertise, work ethic and long-term goals align with MGA’s mission to advance industry for the state.

“Minnesota is fortunate to have a vibrant food industry – from farm to fork. Minnesota needs strong leaders and advocates for the food industry,” Garofalo said.

“I am excited to lead an organization that serves as a foundation of all Minnesota communities. As the leading resource for the state’s food industry, I look forward to collectively tackling new and existing challenges facing this essential industry.”

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The MGA Search Committee cited Garofalo’s extensive legislative history, his depth of understanding for the advancement of sound policies and his commitment to representing the food industry of Minnesota.

“Patrick expressed an appreciation of the MGA’s reputation at the Capitol and a commitment to advancing our stature. He has the energy, enthusiasm and excitement to lead the MGA into the future,” said Doug Winsor, MGA search committee chair.

MGA Chair Chris Quisberg added, “Patrick has a vision to achieve the MGA’s strategic objectives, and a willingness to learn the issues plaguing our membership. I’m confident the Minnesota Grocers Association is in good hands.”


About MGA

The Minnesota Grocers Association is the only state trade association that represents the food industry of Minnesota from farm to fork. It is a legacy organization, having served the industry for more than 125 years. It has more than 300 retail, manufacturer and wholesale members supporting nearly 1,300 locations statewide.

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