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    Pepperdine to Honor Unified Grocers CEO

    Alfred A. Plamann will receive the 2009 Best Friend Award for his commitment to higher education.

    Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management has named Alfred A. Plamann, president and CEO of Unified Grocers, Inc., the recipient of its 2009 Best Friend Award, which will be presented at the Sixth Annual Sovereign Capital Management Friends of George Graziadio Golf Tournament in April.

    Honoring benefactor and namesake George Louis Graziadio Jr., founder and chairman of Imperial Bank, the annual invitational golf competition helps raise individual and company contributions that support student scholarships and other business school initiatives. The Best Friend Award recognizes accomplished leaders who share the late George Graziadio's commitment to higher education and advance Pepperdine University's mission through example and service.

    Plamann became president and CEO of Unified Grocers in September 1999 when Los Angeles-based Certified Grocers of California, Ltd. merged with United Grocers, Inc. of Portland, Ore. Prior to the merger, he served as president and CEO of Certified Grocers of California for six years and spent four years as SVP of finance and CFO. Before joining Certified in 1989, Plamann had a distinguished 13-year career with Atlantic-Richfield Co. (ARCO) in Los Angeles.

    Currently he serves on the board of the Food Marketing Institute as well as the National Cooperative Grocers Association. He is also a member of the Washington-based National Cooperative Bank board of directors. In February 2004, he was inducted into the California Grocers Association Hall of Achievement.

    The tournament and awards ceremony will be held April 6 at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and was made possible by a $50,000 lead gift from Sovereign Capital Management, a San Diego-based real estate investment company with assets across the United States.

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