FMI celebrates its 2024 Executive Leadership Award Winners. Learn more about our award recipients and the outstanding contributions they made to advance and strengthen the food industry.
Chairman and CEO, Brookshire Grocery Company
Brad Brookshire's dedication to grocery industry, corporate responsibility, community engagement, and education reflects his commitment to the well-being of the communities served by Brookshire Grocery Company.
CEO, Zone NA, Nestlé
Steve Presley is executive vice president and chief executive officer, Zone North America, and market head for the U.S., Nestlé’s largest market in the world with approximately $30 billion in annual sales and Nestlé products in 94% of homes.
CEO, PepsiCo Foods North America, PepsiCo
Steven Williams is a 26-year veteran of PepsiCo with strong leadership experience across the food industry. As CEO of PepsiCo Foods North America, Steven Williams oversees all aspects of PepsiCo’s $26 billion snack and convenient foods businesses in North America, including Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) and Quaker Foods North America (QFNA).
President, Seaside Market
John Najjar's entrance into the grocery industry was shaped by a rich family legacy. His father, Sam Najjar, established a grocery store in Detroit, Michigan, during the 1960s and early 1970s, catering to a vibrant Chaldean community and, in 1976, the family made a bold move to San Diego, where they opened a store in San Diego County.
Executive Chairman, KeHE Distributors
Beyond his corporate achievements, Brandon is known for his deep commitment to social and environmental causes, with a decade-long involvement in the Chicago area Young Life Organization. Forbes recognized KeHE under his leadership, placing it on their list of Best Employers for Women.
President, Hy-Vee, Inc.
Donna Tweeten is a master marketer who has been counseling companies on how to improve and evolve their brand for most of her 30-plus-year career. Under Donna’s leadership, Hy-Vee has evolved into an iconic brand known for its commitment to exceptional service and support of its communities.
President and CEO, Associated Wholesale Grocers (Retired)
David Smith's impact extends beyond the boardroom and into the realm of policy and advocacy. He has been a dedicated advocate for independent grocery operators and has made it a priority to actively engage with lawmakers in Washington, D.C.