George Frahm, Stater Bros. Markets Inducted into CGA Educational Foundation Hall of Achievement
Executive recognized for life-long commitment to industry, community.
Foundation celebrates 25th Anniversary.
More than $530,000 raised for education.
SACRAMENTO, CA (April 6, 2017) – More than 600 friends, family and industry peers celebrated the induction of George Frahm, Stater Bros. Markets, into the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation Hall of Achievement on April 6, 2017 in Pomona, Calif.
Frahm, Executive Vice President, Administration & Distribution for Stater Bros. Markets, joins a prestigious group of Hall of Achievement recipients to be recognized for their many contributions to the grocery industry and the communities they serve.
The Hall of Achievement Dinner also celebrated the Foundation’s Silver Anniversary – 25 years of serving California’s grocery industry.
As a special part of the program, the Foundation paid tribute to previous Hall of Achievement honorees – the “Legends of the Industry” – who left a lasting impact on the grocery industry.
“We are very excited to welcome George Frahm into our prestigious Hall of Achievement during the Foundation’s 25th anniversary,” said CGAEF President Ronald Fong. “George has served the grocery industry his entire professional career and like his Hall of Achievement peers has generously given back to the communities and industry he’s served.”
Led by this year’s event co-chairs Dennis McIntyre, Stater Bros. Markets, Dan Meyer, Stater Bros. Markets, Sylvia Shermer, Stater Bros. Markets, and Bruce Wyatt, Flowers Baking of California, the event raised more than $530,000 – funds that support the Foundation’s college scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs.
“It is no coincidence that we are recognizing someone with such deep roots in our industry in the same year we celebrate the Foundation’s 25th anniversary,” said Brad Askeland, North State Grocery Co., and chair of the CGAEF Board of Trustees. “The Foundation is honored to add his name to its prestigious list of industry icons.”
The evening featured an inspiring speech by Albertsons Companies, Inc. employee Manuel Rosas, a CGAEF scholarship recipient.
The CGA Educational Foundation was created 25 years ago under the direction of the California Grocers Association Board of Directors. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships and tuition reimbursement to CGA-member company employees and their dependents. For more information regarding CGAEF programs and for a complete listing of past Hall of Achievement honorees, visit www.cgaef.org.
About George Frahm, Stater Bros. Markets
George Frahm is the Executive Vice President Administration/Distribution for Stater Bros. Markets. Stater Bros. is the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in California and the largest private employer in Southern California’s Inland Empire. Stater Bros. operates 169 supermarkets from its Corporate Office and Distribution Complex in San Bernardino, Calif.
George began his supermarket industry career in 1973 at the Stater Bros. Markets in Glendora, Calif., as a Clerks Helper and Janitor and continued to work at Stater Bros. while furthering his education. In 1973, he received an Associate of Arts Degree from Citrus Community College, and in 1975 he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. George is also a graduate of the University of Southern California Food Industry Executive Program.
George continued to rise through the ranks at Stater Bros. working as a Store Manager, Grocery Supervisor, District Manager, Director Labor Relations, Vice President Labor Relations, Senior Vice President Administration, Group Senior Vice President Retail Operations and Administration, and in 2008 he was promoted to Executive Vice President.
As Executive Vice President Administration/Distribution, George oversees both the company’s Administration Division, including Human Resources, Labor Relations, Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Corporate Security Department and Support Services, as well as the distribution division.
George is a strong proponent of education. He has worked closely with local universities to create the very best educational opportunities for Stater Bros. employees seeking to pursue and/or advance their educational goals. These opportunities include tuition discounts for Stater Bros. employees, disseminating information regarding grocery-industry related scholarships and communicating tuition reimbursement opportunities through the CGA Educational Foundation.
George is a past Chairman of the California Grocers Association Board of Directors, and has served as a CGA Educational Foundation trustee.
In true Stater Bros. fashion, George believes in doing the right thing for the right reason. He is an avid supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and regularly volunteers for the KFroggers For Kids Radiothon benefitting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and the Stater Bros. Charities Annual Believe Walk in the fight against all cancers in the communities served by Stater Bros. Markets.
In his time away from work and volunteer efforts, George enjoys gardening, playing golf and traveling. George has been married to his wife Debbi of 41 years and together they have one son and one grandson.