SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Grocers Association last week said it has named George Frahm as its new chairman. Frahm is executive vice president of retail operations and administration for Stater Bros. Markets, San Bernardino, Calif. At CGA he succeeds Bob Ling, executive vice president and general counsel, Unified Grocers, Commerce, Calif., who becomes immediate past chair at CGA. “George is a real grocer's grocer,” said CGA President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald Fong, in a prepared statement. In addition to Frahm, the following individuals were elected to the CGA board of directors executive committee: Jim Amen of Super A Foods was named first vice chair; Mike Silveira of Save Mart Supermarkets was named second vice chair; John Quinn of Food 4 Less (Stockton)/Times Supermarkets was named treasurer; and Mike Stigers of PW Supermarkets was named secretary.
FRITSCH, GRONOWSKI JOIN FI BOARD
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — Douglas J. Fritsch, senior vice president, retail and business development for IGA USA, and Jamie Gronowski, president of operations at Acosta, have joined the board of trustees of The Food Institute, an information provider based here. Fritsch began his career in the retail food industry with Chicago-based Jewel Food Stores, and later worked at White Hen Pantry. Gronowski, a 30-year veteran of the sales and marketing agency industry, began his career in Salt Lake City at Kelley Clarke. In 1982 he moved to Denver to become vice president of grocery for McFerren, Speakes and Gustafson (MSG/A), and in 1990 he became president and chief executive officer. MSG/A was acquired by Acosta, based in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1999. In 2000 he helped create Acosta's Natural/Specialty Sales subsidiary and became its president. Gronowski was promoted to president of strategic channels in 2003 and now oversees Acosta's operations teams for North America.