2017 AGA Convention Press Release
Alabama Grocers Association Holds Annual Convention
The Alabama Grocers Association recently held their 27th Annual Convention at the Sandestin Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. The Association brought members from all aspects of the grocery industry together to promote the growth and success of the food industry throughout the state of Alabama.
The convention kicked off with the Larry D. Eddleman, Sr. Golf Classic at the Baytown Golf Club. The evening followed with a silent auction and casino party. First Place golf winners included Graham Minor, Trey Day and Brad Maness with Bevco Beverages and Pete Mahoney with Food Giant.
A silent auction and raffle chaired by Johnny Collins of Barber’s Dairy was held Monday night which raised more than $30,000 for the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation. This year the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation awarded 61 scholarships valued at more than $59,500, and to date has awarded more than 1.2 million dollars in total scholarships.
The business forum was held the following day and included Keynote Speaker, Thom Singer, a sales and marketing veteran, who spoke on connecting with people in a gadget crazed world. Mr. Eric Pulwicz, FBI Special Agent, held an active shooter seminar and informed attendees how to manage real-life situations, address employer responsibilities and develop workplace strategies.
ABC Administrator Mac Gipson addressed the group on the new Off-Premise Tasting Regulations that go into effect August 5, 2017.
Stacey Neumann, Vendor Management Director, Alabama WIC Department addressed attendees on the upcoming e-WIC rollout beginning in March 2018.
Lastly, an e-Commerce Panel was held to teach attendees the newest consumer trends and best practices related to home delivery and click-and-collect services.
Tuesday afternoon also included an exhibit hall with more than 70 booths with vendors from all aspects of the grocery industry.
On Tuesday night, the Chairman’s Banquet was held with football legend Al Del Greco as celebrity entertainment. Several Awards were given including the presentation of a Joint Resolution from Senate Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Chair Tom Whatley commemorating the SNAP Online Pilot Program to Jimmy Wright, Wright’s Market.
Association Legislative Consultant Patrick McWhorter presented Senator Jabo Waggoner with the Spirit of Alabama Award, which recognizes individuals that are involved in the support of pro-business legislation and are advocates for the grocery community in the state of Alabama.
A Joint Resolution was presented to Chairman Peter V. Gregerson commemorating his Glen P. Woodard award from the Food Marketing Institute from Senator Jabo Waggoner.
Mr. Keith Lusk was given a plaque of appreciate for his 12 years serving on the AGA Board and was made honorary lifetime member.
New Officers and Directors were installed. Mr. Peter V. Gregerson, Jr., Gregerson’s Foods, was given the Chairman’s Plaque of Appreciation for his dedicated work during his two-year term as Chairman and the gavel was transferred to Mr. Frank D’Amico, III, BTC Wholesale, who will serve as Chairman until 2019.
About the Alabama Grocers Association: The Alabama Grocers Association is a state trade association representing the grocery retail industry since 1990. With more than 135 retail members operating nearly 1,000 stores nationwide, as well as over 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members, the AGA is the voice of the industry in the state of Alabama. For more information, go to www.alabamagrocers.org.
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