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The Ohio Grocers Association named government relations veteran Nate Filler as its new president and CEO, succeeding Tom Jackson, who served as president and CEO of the association for the past 25 years and is retiring in November.
“Nate has an extensive background in government relations and was with the Kroger Company for nine years,” said Leo Braido, chairman of OGA. “His industry experience and broad knowledge of the political arena will serve our Ohio Grocers Association members well.”
Filler comes to OGA after managing state government relations for Cardinal Health, one of Ohio’s largest companies. Previously, he held various positions in the Ohio House of Representatives, including serving as policy advisor to former House Speaker and current Secretary of State, Jon Husted. He also worked as legislative aide to former State Representative and Lt. Governor-candidate, Tom Raga. In addition, Filler is a veteran of many political campaigns at both the state and federal levels.
Prior to his political career, Filler spent nearly a decade working for the Kroger Company. “One of the things that impressed the search committee was his real-world grocery experience,” stated Bill Price, chairman of the search committee.
Filler earned an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Ohio University. He and his wife reside in Galena, Ohio, with their three children.
Columbus, Ohio-based OGA is a statewide trade association representing nearly 600 member companies, including retail grocers, wholesalers, manufacturers and related suppliers to the food industry.