ACME Division – Dan Croce, President
Dan Croce has been with ACME Markets for nine years, joining the company as a district manager in 2005 and being promoted to director of operations in 2008. In 2011, Croce was named vice president of operations, and retained that role through the NAI acquisition in 2013. In 2014, Croce was promoted to vice president of marketing & merchandising. Croce’s grocery career began in 1985, when he started at SuperFresh/A&P Food Markets. He was named ACME Markets division president in January 2015.
Denver Division – Todd Broderick, President
Todd Broderick joined Safeway in 1981 as a Courtesy Clerk in the Seattle Division. He progressed through the ranks and working in both the Northwest and Denver Divisions before being promoted in 2011 to Retail Marketing & Execution Vice President at Corporate; in 2013, Todd accepted the position of VP of Retail Operations, NorCal Division; and in 2014, he was promoted to NorCal’s Senior Vice President Operations. In January 2016, Broderick moved to the company’s Portland division to serve the company in the same role, and in April 2016, he was appointed Denver Division President.
Eastern Division – Dan Valenzuela, President
Dan Valenzuela started his career with Safeway in 1978 as a Courtesy Clerk. Through his tenure, he has held positions of increasing responsibility and progressed through the store ranks to become a Store Manager in 1981 and a District Manager in 1991. In 2000 he became Vice President of Operations and then Division President for Safeway’s Phoenix Division. Valenzuela was named Seattle division president in January 2015.
Houston Division – Sidney Hopper, President
Sidney Hopper has almost 30 years of experience as a member of the United team, joining the company originally as a “sacker” while in high school. After a brief time away, he rejoined the company full-time in 1986 and served as a store director in Amarillo, Lubbock and Vernon. He was Regional Vice President for the company’s Amarillo area for three years before becoming chief operating officer. A native of Lubbock, Hopper studied business administration at Texas Tech University while working part-time for United. He earned his MBA degree from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2007. He was named President of the company’s Houston division in January 2015.
Intermountain Division – Brad Street, President
Brad Street is an accomplished retail leader who began his career with Albertsons in Salt Lake City in 1983. He worked through store positions of increasing responsibility until he was promoted to Store Director, a position he held for several years. Following that, Street was promoted to District Manager and served in two divisions, Houston and Northern California. In 2004, Street was asked to lead Albertsons Six Sigma efforts for the Intermountain West Division. After the sale of Albertsons to SUPERVALU, he served as Director of Operations in Eugene, Oregon, until being promoted to Vice President of Operations for the 188-store Intermountain West Division in Boise. Street was serving as the lead District Manager for the Intermountain Division when he was promoted to Vice President of Operations for the Jewel-Osco Division in 2014. In March of 2015, Street returned to Boise as the Intermountain Division President.
Jewel-Osco Division – Mike Withers, President
Mike Withers began his career with Albertsons in 1976 at the company’s home base of Boise, Idaho while attending school. Like many executives, he started as a courtesy clerk and gradually worked his way up until he was running his own store and eventually was promoted to district manager – a role he held in both Washington and Florida. As the company grew, Withers accepted roles of increasing responsibility and was eventually promoted to Vice President of the Big Sky Division with responsibilities for store operations in Montana and North Dakota, and later held the same role in the Oregon and Florida divisions. Withers joined Albertson’s LLC in 2006 as the Florida Division’s Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising. In October 2010, he moved to the Fort Worth office to assume to assume responsibility for the Southern Division’s Marketing & Merchandising efforts. He was named as President of the Southern Division in March 2013, and moved to the Jewel-Osco Division in the same capacity in November 2014.
Northern California Division – Tom Schwilke, President
Tom Schwilke began his career in at Safeway in 1982 as a clerk in the company’s Seattle Division where he advanced through the retail ranks to store manager and district manager. He was promoted to Director, Corporate Retail Operations in 2000, and later to vice president. He was named Vice President, Retail Operations at Vons, and six years later returned to Safeway’s corporate office as Group Vice President, produce and floral. Schwilke was promoted to President of the Texas Division in 2008, and in 2010 became President & General Manager of Perishables for all of Safeway.
Portland Division – Greg McNiff, President
Greg McNiff began his career at Albertsons in 1981, and held positions of increasing responsibility at the store until being named Store Director in 1990. In 1995, he was named District Manager, and was promoted to Area Vice President of Operations in 1999. In 2004, he was selected as Vice President of Integration, and at the conclusion of that assignment in 2006, he joined the Southern California division team, serving in various leadership roles in Marketing, Merchandising and Operations. In March 2013, following the acquisition of Southern California’s Albertsons stores by Albertson’s LLC, McNiff was named Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising for the division, and at the close of the merger in 2015, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising. He was promoted to President of the Portland division in January 2016.
Seattle Division – Karl Schroeder, President
Karl has been with the company since 1977 and previously ran the Northern California Division. He began his career as a part-time clerk in Arizona, and held positions of increasing responsibility in several functions and areas of the country including Arizona, Southern and Northern California, Hawaii, and the Eastern Division. Karl holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from the University of San Francisco.
Shaw’s Division – Paul Gossett, President
Paul Gossett has an extensive grocery retailing career that spans more than thirty-five years in the industry. Gossett started with Albertsons Inc. in 1977 and has held positions of successive responsibility including Vice President of Marketing. In 2001, he served as Vice President of Marketing at ACME before moving on to Winn Dixie in 2002 where he held various operations roles. Gossett also worked at Nash Finch where he was Senior Director of Merchandising. Gossett joined the Shaw’s & Star team in March of 2013 following Supervalu’s sale of the stores to New Albertson’s Inc. He most recently served as the Vice President, Marketing and Merchandising of the Southern Division of Albertsons Companies. Gossett was named the President of Shaw’s Supermarkets in April of 2016.
Southern Division – Dennis Bassler, President
Dennis Bassler has been in the grocery business since 1976 when he started working at Fazios in California. Following that company’s acquisition by Albertson’s Inc., Bassler took on roles of increasing responsibility, and served as a Store Director for nine years. He was promoted to Director of Operations and Marketing in both the Colorado and Texas divisions for the company’s former Grocery Warehouse & Max Store banners before returning to Southern California as a district manager. During his 16 years in the Southern California Division, he held numerous leadership positions, and left the company in 2010 when he was Area Vice President of the Central Coast district. Soon after, Bassler accepted a position with Albertsons LLC’s Southern Division as a District Manager for the Company’s North Dallas district before being tapped to be the President of Albertsons LLC’s new Northwest Division office in March 2013. Bassler was appointed Southern Division President in January 2016.
Southern California Division – Lori Raya, President
Lori Raya was named President of Vons Division at Safeway Inc. in 2012. She built her reputation as a seasoned retail executive running store operations in several of Safeway’s key operating divisions, and also has a unique set of skills having cross-trained at a senior level, successfully managing large marketing units that together represent nearly half of the Safeway’s business volume. She served as Senior Vice President of Main Meal, responsible for its largest portfolio of center-store business units including Ingredients, Beverages and Snacks. Raya joined Safeway nearly 25 years ago as a clerk in its Denver Division. She progressed through the retail ranks including assignments at the corporate office, and then as District Manager at Vons and Vice President of Retail Operations in Safeway’s Northern California Division. In 2009, Raya joined the perishable marketing team as a GVP of Deli/Food Service and Bakery and served as Senior Vice President, with added responsibility for Dairy/Refrigerated and Frozen Food, before assuming her previous role in mid-2011. Raya was named Southern California Division President in January 2015.
Southwest Division – Shane Dorcheus, President
Shane Dorcheus’ career with Albertsons began in 1980, when he joined the company as a courtesy clerk. His work with the company took him from the Idaho market to New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona until he was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2004 for the Rocky Mountain Division and moved to Denver, CO. He served in various management positions throughout the organization during that time, including store director, district manager, director of operations, and vice president of operations. Following the formation of Albertsons LLC in June 2006, Dorcheus stayed in the Denver area as Division Vice President, focused on making the Rocky Mountain Division’s stores the food and drug stores of choice for customers. Following the consolidation of the Rocky Mountain and Southwest divisions of Albertsons LLC in February 2008, he was promoted to President for the company’s Southwest Division and retained that position following the merger with Safeway in January 2015.
United Supermarkets – Robert Taylor, Division President
Robert Taylor, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of United. He has been a member of United Supermarket’s leadership team since July 2007 and took his current position in 2009. He has been engaged in the wholesale distribution business in Lubbock, Texas since 1971 and served as the President of R.C. Taylor Distributing, Inc., from 2002 to 2007. He has been a Member of Board of Directors for PlainsCapital Corporation and an Independent Director of Hilltop Holdings Inc. since 2012. Robert is a graduate of Texas Tech University.