National Grocers Association Opens Record-Breaking NGA Show

National Grocers Association Opens Record-Breaking NGA Show

Feb 29, 2016

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

With over 60 specialized educational workshops led by retailers for retailers and more than 400 companies on our EXPO floor showcasing innovative and game-changing products and solutions, The NGA Show provides countless opportunities to learn from your peers and other industry thought leaders. Bring your whole team to The NGA Show and bring home ideas that will drive profitable growth for your company.