2016 NGA Show will be the largest attended Show in NGA history
Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA) opened its annual convention, The NGA Show, with a record-setting attendance level of over 3,200 attendees alongside a sold-out EXPO floor.
“The continued growth and momentum from The NGA Show demonstrates that this is truly the event where independents gather,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “Independent supermarket operators are well positioned to meet the needs of a shifting consumer base, and they are eager to find fresh and innovative concepts that they can take back to implement in their own stores, and exchange ideas with their colleagues.”
General Stanley A. McChrystal (USA-ret) was featured as the keynote speaker for the opening session, sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company. McChrystal, a four-star general and former Green Beret, led the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq during the Persian Gulf Wars and was top commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. Known for his innovative leadership and team building strategies, General McChrystal provided NGA Show attendees with insights and solutions to address the various challenges leaders can face in a business environment.
NGA kicked off its opening session with the release of two videos highlighting the proud tradition and progress of the independent supermarket industry.
Prior to the Show's opening session, NGA hosted a series of pre-convention workshops ranging from topics on marketing and merchandising; finance; center store; technology; and fresh foods. The Show will feature two new workshop tracks involving store leadership and community leadership, as well as offer a two new super sessions on craft beers or e-commerce.
In addition to today's NGA Show events, the NGA Board of Directors, by recommendation of its nominating committee and a subsequent vote by the NGA membership, announced the 2016 Board of Directors, Officers and Executive Committee members, as well as the election of new Board members.
The 2016 NGA Board of Directors:
Executive Committee Officers
Chairman: Bob Ling - Unified Grocers, Inc.
Immediate Past Chairman: Rich Niemann, Jr. - Niemann Foods, Inc.
Vice Chairman: Cheryl Sommer - Kaune's Neighborhood Market
Treasurer: Rich McMenamin - McMenamin Family ShopRite
Secretary: Ted Balistreri, Sendik’s Food Markets
Peter J. Larkin, National Grocers Association President and CEO
Members appointed to the 2016 Executive Committee
Martin Arter – Affiliated Foods Midwest
Rick Geyer – Geyer’s Markets, Inc.
Roger Lowe, Jr. – Lowe’s Market
David Smith – Associated Wholesale Grocers
Jeff Reagan – Wakefern Food Corp.
Newly elected & appointed to the 2016 NGA Board of Directors
Denny Belcastro – Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Guy Chiarello – First Data
Ken Diehl – Strack & Van Til Market
Steve Heggelke – Bozzutos, Inc.
Maria Kamberos – Treasure Island Foods, Inc.
Kristi Magnuson Nelson – Hugo’s Family Market Place
Mike Stigers – SUPERVALU, Inc.
Mike Violette – Associated Grocers for New England
NGA recognized following outgoing board members for their service and leadership:
Michael Bozzuto – Bozzuto’s, Inc.
Tracey Flores – Kennie’s Market, Inc.
Jerry Garland – Associated Wholesale Grocers
Janel Haugarth – SUPERVALU, Inc. – HQ
Calvin Miller – Associated Grocers of Florida
Barry Queen – Queen’s Price Chopper
The NGA Show is the only trade show held annually that is designed exclusively to provide independent grocers with opportunities to learn marketplace trends, industry best practices, and gain a new business prospective to grow and expand their businesses through top-rated educational works shops and hands-on sessions. The 2017 NGA Show will be held February 12 – 15, 2017 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. For more information on The NGA Show, visit www.theNGAshow.com.