Press Releases

May 3, 2018 Former Ralphs CEO Allumbaugh Establishes Gift and Scholarship With USC Marshall Food Industry Management Program
Apr 26, 2018 WAFC’s Retail Management Certificate Program Achieves Milestone of 2,000 Graduates!
Feb 9, 2018 USC Marshall Announces Pete Van Helden of Stater Bros. Markets as the 2018 Executive of the Year
Jan 11, 2018 Valerie Jabbar, President of Ralphs, named 2018 FIEP Executive-in-Residence
Jan 4, 2018 USC Marshall Convenes 60th class of food industry leaders to its
Food Industry Management Program
May 16, 2017 WAFC announces 2017-2018 leadership
February 13, 2017 USC Marshall School of Business Honors Bryan Kaltenbach of Food4Less/Foods Co as 2017
Food Industry Management Program Executive of the Year
November 17, 2016 Mike Stigers, EVP of SUPERVALU, named Food Industry Executive-in-Residence for 2017
November 14, 2016 Stater Bros. Announces Passing of Executive Chairman Jack H. Brown
August 5, 2016 WAFC Announces Emmy award winning comedian, Dana Carvey, as the 2017 Annual
Convention Banquet Entertainment
July 25, 2016 WAFC announces new officer line up
June 21, 2016 Western Association of Food Chains Convention to Feature Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully
May 12, 2016 WAFC announces 2016-2017 leadership
January 22, 2016 WAFC Elects Four New Directors and Announces New Officer Line Up
December 2, 2015 WAFC 95th Annual Convention registration is live
November 19, 2015 WAFC Elects Donna Tyndall, SVP Operations of Gelson’s Markets as Director
July 16, 2015 El Centro offers 'super' Retail Management Certificate
May 7, 2015 WAFC announces 2015-2016 leadership
April 29, 2015 WAFC's Retail Management Certificate Honored at The White House's Upskill Summit
January 21, 2015 WAFC Elects Four New Directors
November 14, 2014 Supermarket Executive Honored by FIEP, Kevin Curry is Named Food Industry Executive In Residence for 2015
November 13, 2014 WAFC Announces NBA Legend, Magic Johnson, as a 2015 Convention Headliner
October 27, 2014 WAFC Announces Laura Bush as 2015 Convention Headliner
April 21, 2014 WAFC Elects Four New Directors
April 15, 2014 WAFC elects first woman to lead in 93 year history - Sue Klug
April 14, 2014 WAFC announces 2014-2015 leadership
November 20, 2013 USC Marshall School of Business FIEP Honors, Vons President, Lori Raya as 2014 Executive in Residence
November 20, 2013 WAFC Elects Two New Board of Directors
November 13, 2013 Brookshire Grocery Company's execution of the WAFC Retail Management Certificate Program garners Tyler Junior College NCWE's 2013 "Credit Workforce Development Award"
July 10, 2013 Former President and COO of Stater Bros. to Join USC Food Industry Management Program
March 13, 2013 WAFC Elects Four New Board of Directors
September 26, 2012 WAFC Program Generates $12M Grant For Community Colleges
September 11, 2012 Rick Rayford named Secretary of WAFC
June 11, 2012 Progressive Grocers names Carole Christianson to 2012's Top Women In Grocery
May 8, 2012 WAFC Announces 2012-2013 Leadership
June 24, 2011 WAFC Announces Award Winning Comedian "Kathleen Madigan" 2012 Annual Convention Banquet Entertainment
June 3, 2011 Colorado Community College System now offering the WAFC Retail Management Certificate Program
April 11, 2011 WAFC Announces 2011-2012 Leadership
May 19, 2010 WAFC Officers and Board of Directors elected at the 89th Annual WAFC Convention on April 20, 2010 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, California
May 18, 2010 Western Association of Food Chains Names 2010-2011 Officers. Karl Schroeder of Safeway Northern California elected President
April 26, 2010 Jim Lee of Stater Bros. to be honored at USC Marshall School of Business Food Industry Management Graduation
December 2, 2009 Former Bashas' President and COO, Mike Proulx, joins FIM as lecturer
November 16, 2009 Mike Stigers elected new secretary of WAFC
October 16, 2009 Robert Hermanns to Join USC Marshall School of Business as Director of Food Industry Programs
June 26, 2009 USC Marshall School of Business seeks director for Food Industry Management Program
May 18, 2009 WAFC Officers and Board of Directors elected at the 88th Annual WAFC Convention
May 5, 2009 WAFC names 2009-2010 Officers; Pete Van Helden of SUPERVALU Inc. Elected President
February 10, 2009 USC Marshall Honors Safeway EVP Larree Renda as "Food Industry Executive of Year"
May 9, 2008 2008-09 WAFC Officers and Board of Directors Elected at the 87th Annual WAFC Convention
April 17, 2008 Western Association of Food Chains Names 2008-09 Officers John Eagan of Costo Wholesale Elected President
January 24, 2008 USC Marshall to honor Kroger CEO David Dillion as "Food Industry Executive of Year"
June 6, 2007 Jim Lee, President & COO of Stater Bros. Elected President of WAFC
April 26, 2007 WAFC Names Carole Christianson, Executive Vice President