Supplier Executive Council

Supplier members have the opportunity to further participate in the Association by joining CGA’s Supplier leadership committee called the Supplier Executive Council (SEC).  This elevated designation of CGA membership provides supplier members with increased access to California retailers through networking events including CGA’s annual December board meeting, executive led store tours, and other exclusive SEC only events.

2018 SEC Events

Store Tour Series

SEC members can participate in quarterly, executive-led tours of selected California grocery retail operations.  These tours offer an opportunity to learn how these California retailers approach their operational strategies, obtain insights on their customers and experience their business where it actually happens.

To more information or to register for future store tours, contact Sunny Porter.

Stater Bros. Market – David Higginbotham, Regional Vice President, Retail

Over the years Stater Bros. Has become an iconic Southern California mainstay and trusted household name by consistently providing generations of customers with exceptional quality, everyday low prices, friendly service, fresh product offerings and full-service meat departments.

The new Rancho Cucamonga location was formally dedicated to Stater Bros. late Executive Chairman Jack H. Brown and his parents during the store’s grand opening on March 21, 2018. “Jack’s mother Rose Brown was a native daughter of Cucamonga, and his father Jack Brown, Sr. served as Commander of the Sheriff’s Sub-station in Cucamonga in the 1930’s. Honoring the memory of his parents and preserving their ties to the local community was at the front of Jack’s mind when the time came to build this store. We will honor Jack’s memory and his wishes by dedicating this store to the Brown Family,” stated Pete Van Helden, CEO of Stater Bros. Market.

Costco Wholesale – Tim Murphy, GMM/VP Foods

Originally serving only small businesses, the company found it could achieve far greater buying clout by also serving a selected audience of non-business members. With that change, the growth of the warehouse industry was off and running.

Costco’s operating philosophy has been simple. Keep costs down and pass the savings on to their members. Their large membership base and tremendous buying power, combined with their never-ending quest for efficiency, result in the best possible prices for their members.

Costco is a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing their members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make the shopping experience a pleasurable one.

Raley’s – Kevin Konkel, Chief Operating Officer


Vintage Grocers – To be determined


December CGA Board of Directors Meeting

SEC members receive a special invitation to attend the CGA Board of Directors annual December meeting, reception and banquet. It is a great opportunity to get to know the industry executives that make up CGA’s Board of Directors. Additionally, during this event, CGA offers a separate educational program for SEC members. In 2017, Adobe’s Head of Industry Strategy for Retail, Travel & CPG Michael Klein discussed how leading retailers should see the future of retail, not only for grocery but all segments of the industry.