CGA Elects 2018 Board Chair

Independent Operator to Serve One Year Term as Chair

SACRAMENTO, CA (Dec. 4, 2017) – Bob Parriott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Twain Harte Market in Twain Harte, Calif., was elected the 2017-2018 California Grocers Association Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Association’s Annual Meeting on Dec. 1, 2017.

Jim Wallace (right) passes the chairman’s gavel to Bob Parriott.

As Chair, Parriott will lead the Board’s strategy regarding CGA’s numerous legislative, educational, communications and industry-related programs. The Association is comprised of more than 300 retail companies operating more than 6,000 stores in California and Nevada. The chair serves for one year. He succeeds Immediate Past Chair Jim Wallace, Albertsons Companies.

“Bob continues CGA’s long history of both large and small grocery operators serving as board chair,” says CGA President Ron Fong. “As an independent grocery operator, Bob will be a very strong voice for this extremely important member segment of CGA. We look forward to Bob’s leadership in the coming year.”

Parriott was instrumental in the California Grocers Association’s merger with the California Independent Grocers Association in 2014 and was appointed to the CGA Executive Board that same year.

In addition to Parriott, the following individuals were elected to the 2017-2018 CGA Board of Directors Executive Committee: First Vice Chair, Kendra Doyel, Ralphs Grocery Company; Second Vice Chair, Phil Miller, C&S Wholesale; Treasurer, Hee-Sook Nelson, Gelson’s Markets; Secretary, Renee Amen, Super A Foods; and Immediate Past Chair, Jim Wallace, Albertsons Companies.

Chairman’s appointments to the Executive Committee include: Dave Jones, Kellogg Company; Kevin Arceneaux, Mondelez International Inc.; and Lynn Melillo, Bristol Farms. Independent Operator Committee Chair Dennis Darling, Foods Etc., will continue as a non-voting Executive Committee member,

Directors elected to their first full three-year term include: Mark Arrington, Post Consumer Brands; Jake Fermanian, Super King Markets; Mark Foley, Raley’s; David Higginbotham, Stater Bros. Markets; John Mastropaolo, Chobani; Tim Murphy, Costco Wholesale; Jeff Sigmen, Reyes Coca-Cola; Lee Smith, Smart & Final Stores; Rick Stewart, Susanville Supermarket IGA; Rob Twyman, Whole Foods Market; and Karl Wissmann, C & K Market.

Directors elected to their second three-year term include: Brent Cotten, The Hershey Company; Dennis Darling, Foods Etc.; Lynn Melillo, Bristol Farms; Casey McQuaid, E & J Gallo Winery; Nicole Pesco, The Save Mart Companies; Casey Rodacker, Mar-Val Food Stores; and Kevin Young, Young’s Payless Market IGA.

Former CGA Chair Kevin Konkel, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, was elected an honorary board member.