Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA) concluded its 2016 NGA Show today with the largest attendance level in NGA history.
Close to 3,300 independent supermarket operators, wholesalers, food industry service suppliers and manufacturers attended this year's conference, while the EXPO floor featured over 300 companies, including representatives from NGA Show Pavilion Partners, the Brewers Association, Center for Advancing Retail Technology (CART), North American Meat Institute, Produce Marketing Association and Retail Solutions Providers Association.
"I think this year's show - our biggest ever – reflects the enthusiasm that is currently taking place in the independent supermarket industry. Whether attendees participated in a workshop track on community leadership or fresh foods, a super session on craft beers or built new trading partner relationships on the Show floor, I am confident that attendees are leaving this year’s Show with new thoughts and ideas they can implement in their business to grow success,” said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “I'd like to thank our Show sponsors for the support they provided in making this year's show such a success, especially IGA for their partnership in the co-location of our events.”
Outgoing Chairman of the NGA Board of Directors, Rich Niemann, Jr., President and CEO, Niemann Foods, Inc. was recognized at the Chairman's Dinner and Gala, held Tuesday night, for the leadership he has provided over the past two years. NGA also welcomed Bob Ling, CEO, Unified Grocers as its new Chairman of the Board.
“Rich has done an exceptional job of shaping this organization for the past two years, and we thank him for his hard work and leadership during his tenure as NGA Chairman of the Board,” Larkin said. “Bob will come in as Chairman with an outstanding foundation and we look forward to working with him to continue to build success for the organization.”
Women Grocers of America (WGA) presented the Women of the Year Award to Sheri Satterwhite, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Brookshire Grocery Company during the Chairman’s Dinner and Gala. Satterwhite joined Brookshire Grocery Company in 1994 as a risk coordinator and was promoted to vice president in 1997, becoming second woman ever to be named a vice president for the company. She serves as both a mentor and a visionary leader, who was an early proponent of wellness as a means of improving health and controlling health benefit costs.
“WGA is proud to present this award to a proven leader, who has positively impacted her organization and the industry. Congratulations to Sheri on this well-deserved award,” said Jodie Felter, vice president of professional development, WGA.
Additionally, winners of the annual Student Case Study Competition were recognized at the gala. Winning first place, and a grand total prize of $8,000 was Saint Joseph's University. Arizona State University finished the competition in second place and will be awarded with $2,000. Prizes were made possible by the generous support of The Asparagus Club, a long-time funder of the contest.
Students participating in the Case Study Competition worked with Davis Food & Drug, a four-store operator located in Utah, to develop recommendations for an expanded e-commerce initiative. The competition strives to further the professional development of students from participating university food and retail programs. Nearly 80 students from 13 universities took part in this year's NGA Show activities.
For the fifth consecutive year, exhibitors are donating leftover product to The Shade Tree, a Las Vegas nonprofit that assists the poor.
The 2017 NGA Show will once again be held in conjunction with IGA WorldWide, February 12 – 15, 2017 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. For more information on The NGA Show, visit www.theNGAshow.com.