The retail and wholesale executives featured on the following pages have all been identified as people who have risen through the ranks at their respective companies, and are projected to continue to do so. They were selected through Web- and telephone-based inquiries of industry leaders around the country.
All have achieved significant accomplishments, and have developed an arsenal of management skills by working in various departments within their respective organizations.
The roster of rising stars includes people from vastly different backgrounds and from different areas of the companies in which they work - one is in operations, another is in information technology, a third works in consumer affairs, one works in a warehouse, one oversees wholesale merchandising and one heads up a new concept. Some are from large multinational corporations, others are with smaller, regional operators.
While some have worked virtually their whole lives at the companies that employ them, others have trained for other careers only to find that they derived more enjoyment from food retailing and wholesaling.