F.M.I. elects chairmen, board members

by Eric Schroeder
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ARLINGTON, VA. — Two new vice-chairmen and five new members of the board of directors were selected for The Food Marketing Institute on May 10.

David Ball was elected vice-chairman of independent retailers and wholesalers. Mr. Ball is president and chief executive officer of Ball’s Price Chopper/Hen House Markets, Kansas City, Kas. In addition, Mr. Ball is chairman of F.M.I.’s Independent Operator Advisory Board.

Steven A. Burd, chairman, president and c.e.o. of Safeway Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., was elected vice-chairman of finance. Mr. Burd is an active public policy advocate, focusing on organized retail crime, health care costs, health and wellness, sustainability, and cancer research and prevention.

The five new members of F.M.I.’s board of directors are:
• Jim Donald, president and c.e.o. of Haggen, Inc., Bellingham, Wash. Mr. Donald earlier was president and c.e.o. of Starbucks Corp. from 2005 to 2008.
• Dennis Eidson, president and c.e.o., Spartan Stores, Grand Rapids, Mich. Mr. Eidson has more than 30 years of industry experience, including as c.e.o. of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company’s Midwest region.
• Joey Hays, owner and president of five supermarkets under the Food Rite banner, based in Dyer, Tenn. He founded the company in 1981.
• Tom Heinen, president and chief operating officer, Heinen’s Fine Foods, Inc., Cleveland. Mr. Heinen joined the family business in 1978 and pioneered company efforts to develop an in-store bakery and service deli. In 1994, he became president, sharing this position with his twin brother, John.
• Steve Junqueiro,, president, Save Mart Supermarkets, Modesto, Calif. Mr. Junqueiro has been active in the industry for more than three decades, focusing extensively on produce. He was chairman of the Produce Marketing Association in 2005.

“These new leaders bring to F.M.I. great vision, talent, creativity and utmost dedication to the industry,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer. “They exemplify the many ways we serve our customers, communities and, ultimately, America. They make F.M.I.’s leadership more diverse, running companies large, mid-sized and small, including retailers and wholesalers, and many of their businesses are family-owned.”

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