WGA Board of Directors

2016 WGA Board of Directors

The Wisconsin Grocers Association Board of Directors holds their quarterly meetings at different locations throughout the state. We are fortunate and thankful for all of our members that have served as gracious hosts for our meetings over the years!
Marlin Greenfield
Marlin Greenfield, Chairman, Festival Foods

Marlin serves as the Senior Operations Leader of Festival Foods, joining the Skogen family business in 1990 when they opened their first Festival Foods store in Onalaska, WI. He later moved his family to the east side of Wisconsin as the company continued to expand and now assists owner Mark Skogen with the operation of their 22 stores. Prior to joining Festival Foods, Marlin worked for both Copps and Cub Foods. He lives near Appleton with his wife, Judi; the couple have three grown children and two grandchildren. (Since 2010)
Jeff Maurer
Jeff Maurer, Vice-Chairman, Fresh Madison Market

Jeff has worked int he grocery business since 1973, starting with Byerly's, Inc. in Minnesota. Since then, he has worked with Roger & Marv's Supervalu in Kenosha, Fairway Foods, Inc. and Holiday Station Stores, Inc. in Bloomington and Pierce's Supermarkets, Inc. in Baraboo. He is currently the owner of Fresh Madison Market on the UW campus in Madison, WI and Fresh City Market on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, IN. Jeff and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 33 and have three grown daughters; Kristie is currently the manager at Fresh Madison Market. (Since 2008, 2010)
Bill Dowling
Bill Dowling, Secretary/Treasurer, Roundy's Supermarkets

Bill is Vice President, Corporate Counsel for Roundy's, Inc. headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to joining Roundy's, Bill was an attorney with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C. and represented Roundy's on several matters. He resides in New Berlin with his wife and three children. (Since 2006)
Dave Ryman, Immediate Past Chairman, Certco, Inc.

Dave is the Vice President of Sales and Merchandising for Certco, Inc. in Madison. Certco is a full service distribution and retail support center for independent supermarkets in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa. Prior to joining Certco in 1991, Dave managed several independent supermarkets in northern Illinois for 25 years. He and his wife Debby, live in Janesville, WI, have two grown children and two grandchildren. (Since 2005)
Dave Althoff
David Althoff, Great Lakes Coca Cola

David began his professional career as an accountant with CitiGlobal Cash Management Services in Chicago, IL. He started his career at Coca-Cola in 1999, where he has held several positions and currently serves as Commercial Marketing Director for the Minnesota/Wisconsin Marketing Unit of Great Lakes Coca Cola. David and his wife, Kathy, and their two children reside in Menomonee Falls. (Since 2013)
Greg Cross
Greg Cross, SpartanNash

Greg is the Senior Sales Manager for SpartanNash, located in the St. Cloud, MN division. Prior to joining SpartanNash, Greg spent five years in Bermuda working for the island's largest food retailer, MarketPlace, in store operations. Through the years, Greg owned several Save A Lot stores, was Vice President of Marketing at Supervalu and served a variety of store management positions with Kroger. Greg lives in the St. Cloud area with his wife Jeannine. (Since 2012)
Bob Fleming
Bob Fleming, Meadowbrook/Fox Run Sentry

Bob is the owner/operator of Meadowbrook and Fox Run Sentry stores in the Waukesha area. He has been in the grocery industry since 1974 starting as a bagger at Sentry in Pewaukee, WI. He has held many positions through the years working for Godfrey/Fleming Companies. He left Fleming in 2001 and he and his partners purchased three Sentry stores. He has since purchased the business from his partners and currently operates two stores. He previously served on the WGA Board in the late 1990's.
Greg Hansen
Greg Hansen, Hansen's IGA

Since, 1992, Greg has been a partner and owner of Hansen's IGA, with nine locations in Wisconsin. He uses his 20+ years of management experience to keep his family-owned business thriving. His wife, Kari, works alongside Greg as the Special Products Coordinator. They live in Bangor with their three children. (Since 2010)
Michelle Harrington
Michelle Harrington, Delafield Sentry

Michelle, President of Albrecht Foods, began her career in the grocery industry at a very young age. She oversees all operations of her Delafield Sentry store. (Since 2013)
Steve Loehr
Steve Loehr, Kwik Trip

Steve is Vice President, Support Operations, for Kwik Trip, a 490+ convenience store chain headquartered in La Crosse, WI. Prior to Kwik Trip, Steve held a variety of positions at Gateway Foods, including President in Pennsylvania. He has served on many boards and is married to Cheryl, has four children and nine grandchildren. (Since 2006)
Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas, MillerCoors

Paul is Regional Director, State Government Affairs for MillerCoors and responsible for a 12 state region. Prior to this position, he was the Regional Director of State Government Affairs for Philip Morris Management Company and was responsible for all beer, food and tobacco issues in the Midwest. (Since 1998)
Paul Lucas
Jeff McClure, Supervalu

Jeff McClure, Director of Sales & Operations for Supervalu Midwest, began his career at Supervalu in 1972 and has held a variety of positions. Jeff has served on the WGA between 1997-2006 and served as Chairman in 2004 & 2005. (Since 2016)
Robert Rothove
Robert Rothove, Affiliated Foods Midwest

As Chief Procurement Officer, Robert has been at Affiliated Foods Midwest since 2003. He moved his family to Wisconsin in 2009 when Affiliated moved its procurement to Kenosha. He is married to Jennifer and has three children. (Since 2014)
Toby Spangler
Toby Spangler, Diageo

Toby is Senior Director, Diageo State Government Relations. His duties include managing all state and local issues on behalf of Diageo in the Midwest Region. Diageo is the largest producer of premium alcohol beverages in the world. Toby has been working professionally in politics and government affairs for over 30 years. He previously worked as Senior Director for Altria Client Services in Washington, DC and was responsible for 25 states. He also managed seven Midwest states working at the Oscar Mayer headquarters in Madison. (Served on the WGA Board from 2003-2008, and since 2012)
David Spiegelhoff
David Spiegelhoff, Gooseberries Fresh Food Market

David is the owner of Gooseberries Fresh Food Market in Burlington, WI. He is a third generation Spiegelhoff grocer and has worked for over 40 years in the family business. David has also served for many years as the chairman of the WGA's Golf Outing as well as a past Chairman of the WGA Board. He and his wife Kathy, have three children, enjoy six grandchildren and reside in Burlington. (Since 2006)
Don Symonds
Don Symonds, Lipari Foods

As Director of Events and Trade Relations For Lipari Foods, Don has worked his entire life int he supermarket industry in a multitude of positions that have allowed him experience in retail operations, wholesale sales and distribution ans direct store distribution. Don's many positions with Lipari have offered him the opportunity to view the supermarket industry from many perspectives and aid him as he works with national and trade organizations to prepare evens and encourage collaboration to better our industry. Don and his wife of 34 years, Sandi, have three children and reside in Grand Ledge, Michigan, just west of Lansing. (Since 2009)
Jeff Tate
Jeff Tate, Watertown Piggly Wiggly

Jeff has been involved in the family owned grocery business from 1973 until 1996. He has worked with all six of his brothers and his father in all facets of their stores as they grew the business to five stores. After serving as the store manager for Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly from 1997-2007, he and his wife, Cindy, opened a new Piggly Wiggly in Watertown, WI. They are very active in the community and have six children, three of which served in the military with a combined five active tours of duty. They have four grandchildren and reside in Watertown. (SInce 2011)
Dan Williamson
Dan Williamson, Kemps

Dan spent 19 years on the retail side running Independent stores in the valley. Dan started in 1996 with Kemps and is the General Manager. Dan celebrated his 20th year with Kemps in March. Dan is married with two sons. Dan is on the Board of WDPA and was President in 2015.
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