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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: 63
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 2014.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Key Developments

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.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Announces Promotions

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. has promoted Steve Arnold from senior vice president of grocery products to executive vice president of marketing. Arnold has worked for AWG for nearly 20 years and started as a Price Chopper sales manager. Arnold worked in his most recent role since 2007. COO will retire from Associated Wholesale Grocers. Dan Funk, who most recently was president of AWG subsidiary Valu Merchandisers Co. will now be senior vice president of grocery products. Taking Funk's place as president will be Dave Sutton, who joined AWG last year as vice president of sales for Valu Merchandisers.

Associated Wholesale Grocers Announces Executive Appointments

Associated Wholesale Grocers has promoted Jeff Pedersen to the newly created position of senior vice president of member services. Pederson will have responsibility for strategic and managerial oversight of corporate sales and development, education and training, and communications. Jeff has worked at AWG since 1997 in a variety of leadership roles, most recently senior vice president and division manager in Oklahoma City. Danny Lane, currently vice president of merchandising and marketing, will succeed Pedersen as senior vice president and division manager. Lane has experience in a variety of senior-level positions in the retail and wholesale grocery industry, dating back to 1982. Hudiburg Nissan and Hudiburg Subaru recently announced the promotions of six longterm employees. Lisa Krag was promoted to assistant office manager. Marci Puckett was promoted to office manager. Greg Ryan was promoted to general sales manager of Nissan and Subaru. Jimmy Ghavami was promoted to assistant sales manager at Nissan. Ryan Warren was promoted to sales manager of Nissan. Tony Jones was promoted to assistant used car manager.

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