Event Leadership

We are grateful for the 2019 conference co-chairs, David Smith of AWG and Jim Frusciante of Kraft Heinz. Their leadership in this event exemplifies the support of C-suite executives towards the development of people in the food retail industry. 

David Smith
David Smith
President and CEO
Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc

David Smith is President and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. He started his career with AWG in 2003, where he served in Division and Corporate positions as the Director of Real Estate, Director of Member Services and Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. David was selected as Senior Vice President and Division Manager to lead the site selection, development, and start-up of AWG’s newest division, Gulf Coast, in 2012. In 2014, David assumed the role of EVP of Operations / Chief Operating Officer and was elected by the AWG board to his current role in August 2015. Prior to AWG, David grew up in the retail side of the grocery business in a family-owned independent multi-store operation working in every conceivable job from bottle boy and bag boy as a teenager, up to President, CEO and principal owner of the business at age 26.

Jim Frusciante
Jim Frusciante
Head of U.S. Sales
The Kraft Heinz Company

Jim Frusciante is Head of U.S. Sales for Kraft Heinz. Throughout his 20+ year career with the company, Jim has attained extensive industry knowledge and business acumen through his rich experience in leadership roles that span multiple markets and areas of expertise. Among his many positions across Kraft Heinz, he most recently served as Head of West Area Sales, VP of Sales for the Oscar Mayer business unit, and Regional VP of Retail Sales across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Jim is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration and Management. 

Future Leaders eXperience Planning Committee

Mr. Michael Ackermann
Regional Sales Trainer, Kellogg Snacks 
Kellogg Company 
Ms. Denise Broderick 
Vice President, Customer Care 
Hy-Vee, Inc.
Ms. April Carchietta
Manager of Leadership, Training and Organizational Development
Big Y Foods, Inc.
Ms. Linda Cosgrove 
Executive Director, Learning and Development 
Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
Ms. Jessica Dawson 
Director, Industry Communications 
The Coca-Cola Company
Ms. Laura Edwards
Director, Employee Development
Hy-Vee, Inc.
Mr. Randy Elders
Director, Talent Development
SpartanNash Company
Ms. Jennifer Fetterhoff 
Training Manager 
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
 Ms. Dawn Gilmore 
Director, Talent Development 
The Kroger Co.
Mr. Brandon Greene 
Vice President, Host Experience 
Lowes Foods, LLC
Mr. Don Ilg 
Director, Sales Operations
The J.M. Smucker Company
 Ms. Beth Jolly 
Vice President, Sales Communications and Industry Affairs
Campbell Soup Company
Ms. Jutta Klassen 
Senior International Human Resources Manager 
SPAR International
Ms. Leeann Manganaro
Employee Services Field Manager
Big Y Foods
Mr. Michael Miller 
Vice President, Human Resources Operations 
Price Chopper Supermarkets
Mr. Omar Moneim 
Director of Sales 
PepsiCo, Inc.
Mr. Matt Montan
Associate Human Resources Partner
Price Chopper Supermarkets
Ms. Stephanie Naito 
Vice President Talent Management
Meijer, Inc.
Mr. Richard Rabuck
Human Resources Manager
Weis Markets, Inc.
Mr. Bob Richardson 
Director, Sales, Customer and Industry Development 
The Clorox Company
Ms. Kathryn Shields 
Retail Training Supervisor 
Wakefern Food Corp.
Mr. Mark Stock 
Director, Field Human Resources 
Weis Markets, Inc.
Ms. Barbara Van Dine 
Vice President, Talent Development
Smart & Final Stores LLC 
Ms. Amanda Bond-Thorley 
(Staff Coordinator) 
Director, Education