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The National Grocers Association appointed David Ochs of KeHE Distributors and Jeff Strack of Strack & Van Til to its board of directors, while Mike Stigers of Supervalu was named to the trade association's executive committee.
“Each these individuals have a great deal of expertise and are recognized as leaders in the food retailing industry,” said Peter Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “We are pleased to welcome them to the Board and I look forward to working with them as we develop future strategies to advance NGA and the independent supermarket industry."
David Ochs, with more than 20 years of experience in the food industry, currently serves as SVP of sales East for KeHE North America, a natural, specialty and organic food distributor in North America.
Jeff Strack is the president and CEO of Strack & Van Til, which operates supermarkets in northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area. Strack began working in the family business as a bagger more than 25 years ago and has worked in almost every department in the stores. He served in key leadership positions as the company grew from 10 to 37 stores.
Mike Stigers is the president of wholesale and supply chain services for Supervalu. With more than 40 years in the food industry, Stigers has worked in both the retail and wholesale sides of business starting as a clerk at Safeway. He joined Supervalu in 2011.