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October 09, 2015 12:42 PM ET

Food and Staples Retailing

Company Overview of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

Company Overview

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., a retailer-owned cooperative, is engaged in the wholesale distribution of grocery, fresh meat, fresh produce, specialty food, health care, and general merchandise products to retail member stores in the United States. It designs merchandising programs and services; and provides store services, including advertising, DSG, EDI, education and training, member, real estate, marketing, reclamation, retail systems support, store engineering, and in-store marketing services. The company also offers general merchandise, health and beauty products, season merchandise, and specialty food products to stores in the United States; and supports a international retail ba...

5000 Kansas Avenue

Kansas City, KS 66106

United States

Founded in 1924





Key Executives for Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 64
Executive Vice President of Division Operations
Operations Director of AWG Property and Head of Caspian Point, Cardiff Bay Branch
Senior Vice President of Member Services
Senior Vice President and Division Manager of Oklahoma City
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Key Developments

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. Announces Management Changes

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. has announced a successor to Jerry Garland, president and CEO. David Smith, executive vice president of operations, will assume his new role in January. Garland joined AWG 25 years ago and has been president and CEO since 2009. The company's new leader got his start in the food industry as an independent store owner. He also worked in wholesale for 17 years in a number of positions at Malone & Hyde Inc. and Fleming. Smith, who joined AWG in 2003, opened the co-op's new Gulf Coast Division in 2013.

Associated Wholesale Grocers Announces Executive Changes

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced a slate of new executive appointments including naming Bob Pickerill to the role of SVP and manager of the cooperative wholesaler’s Kansas City division. Pickerill, who assumed his new role April 27, 2015, most recently was SVP and manager of company's Fort Worth division. Linda Lawson as been promoted to succeed Pickerill as SVP and manager of the Forth Worth division. Lawson is in her 20th year with the company, having begun in the company’s Oklahoma City division, and has worked her way up through the organization. Prior to joining the company, she held various leadership roles for Supervalu and Kroger in store operations, store management, and deli/bakery operations. Tye Anthony will relocate to VP sales and marketing for the Fort Worth division. Anthony has been with the company in Nashville since August 2013 as VP of sales and merchandising. He has worked in the food industry for over 25 years with leadership roles at retail for Randalls/Tom Thumb, Safeway, Bi-Lo and Ahold USA. Anthony has also worked as an in-house consultant at Family Dollar. Succeeding Anthony as Nashville VP of sales and merchandising is Terry Roberts. Roberts has been with the company since 2003 and has held a number of positions including group sales manager, senior group sales manager, grocery merchandising director, and most recently director of fresh sales. Prior to joining the company, Terry worked with Malone & Hyde and Fleming in various leadership roles.

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. Appoints David Smith as Executive Vice President of Division Operations, Effective January 4, 2015

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. has announced a new executive vice president of division operations. David Smith, who most recently served as senior vice president and division manager of the Gulf Coast division, will begin his new role on January 4, 2015. Smith joined AWG in 2003 and will now oversee AWG operations, corporate distribution, corporate services and IT. Prior to working for AWG, Smith worked in wholesale for 17 years in a number of positions at Malone & Hyde Inc. and Fleming.

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