Division Presidents

ACME Division – Jim Perkins

Jim Perkins has spent the last 30 years as a pacesetting leader in the grocery industry. Jim’s passion for the grocery business began in 1982 at Albertson’s as a courtesy clerk, and he developed into a key leader for them in several areas of the country. He served as Vice President of Operations for Albertsons Inc., and Director of Operations for Albertsons LLC’s Southern Division. Jim left Albertsons and joined Giant Foods, LLC as a Regional Vice President, but returned to Albertsons as the president of Acme Markets in 2012. He was named EVP of Operations, East Region in April 2015, and returned to lead Acme Markets in June 2017. 

Jim received his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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.

 

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 – Doug Cygan, President

Doug Cygan’s retail career began at Jewel Osco in April 1980 as a part-time clerk, and he has spent his entire career working at Jewel-Osco. As he completed his education at Western Michigan University, he stayed with the grocery store chain and moved into roles of greater responsibility including Store Director, Marketing Director, Vice President of Fresh Merchandising and Vice President of Grocery Merchandising. He was named Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising in 2011.

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.