FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dave Heylen, V.P. Communications California Grocers Association
E-mail: [email protected]
California Grocers Association
1415 L Street, Suite 450
Sacramento, CA 95814
CALIFORNIA GROCERS ASSOCIATION EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION NAMES NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SACRAMENTO, CA – (June 3, 2009) – Ray Fager, Regional VP, West for CROSSMARK Sales Agency, has been named Chairman of the CGA Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.
“Ray is an excellent selection for this very important position,” saod CGA Educational Foundation President Ronald Fong. “His knowledge and passion for our industry is a great benefit for the Foundation.”
Also elected Foundation officers were Pam Poggi, Safeway Inc., elected Vice-Chair; and Chris Clark, Raley’s, elected Secretary/Treasurer.
Fager replaces Bob Ling, Unified Grocers, Inc., who currently serves as CGA Chairman of the Board. Ling served as Foundation Chair for four years. “The Foundation expresses its sincere gratitude to Bob for his many years as Board Chair,” Fong said. Ling will remain on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
The California Grocers Association Educational Foundation was created in the early 1990s to provide measurable benefits to employees, potential employees, customers and businesses in the retail food industry. Its key areas of emphasis include providing college scholarships, career development and educational programming for Association members.
In 2008, the Foundation awarded 260 college scholarships totaling $314,000 to deserving CGA member employees or their dependents. This year the Foundation will award a record $326,000 to a yet to be determined number of students.
In addition, the Foundation paid more than $90,000 in tuition reimbursement to member company employees wanting to improve their job-related skills.
For more information, contact Dave Heylen, CGA, at (916) 448-3545.
Formed in 1992 as a 501(c)3 corporation, the CGA Educational Foundation is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and research programs that benefit all segments of California’s food industry