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Illuminators Torch Awards Dinner Honoring: Karl Schroeder


Illuminators at the 2014 CGA!!

Mary & I just want to take a moment for making this year’s CGA Convention the most exciting ever!  The feedback from the CGA and our Retail partners regarding our Organizations performance was extremely positive all the way down to the memorable Special Events on Tuesday.  Every one of our committees over-delivered on this Convention and the participation at both Illuminator functions in the San Jacinto room this year was “over-the-top”.

I’m very proud of our Chair & Vice Chairs, my Liaisons, and my fellow Officers for their unbending support and ensuring we delivered on bringing fun and relaxation back to the annual gathering of Grocers.

Before I sign-off please don’t forget about our Torch Award honoring Karl Schroeder.  I hope to see most of you there.  Mary & I are feeling pretty good about the upcoming WAFC and we don’t anticipate any issues with delivering another flawless convention.

I hope everybody had a good time and was able to accomplish a lot in regards to meetings with our Retail partners.  Enjoy the break and we’ll see you at the next event!


Illuminators Networking Dinner with Eric Stille

I just have one word that best describes this evening with Nugget Markets… “Wow”

What an incredible story told by Eric Stille, President & CEO of Nugget Markets, taking us all on an incredible journey through Nugget’s 89 year history all the way to their new format called “Fork Lift”.  After listening to Eric’ story its plain to me why Nugget is rated #10 in Fortune Magazine’ 100 Best Companies to work for.

The future is definitely looking brighter for Nugget Markets; those of you who were fortunate enough to attend this terrific Networking dinner know exactly what I mean.

If you see Eric Stille in the near future please remind him that we are indebted to him and his leadership team for supporting our Networking Dinner with beverages and cheeses and for just making it a very classy evening for all 120 attendees.


Illuminators Networking Dinner Honoring Superior Grocers


Thank you to all who attended the Southern California Illuminators Networking Dinner with Superior Grocers.  With your help we had another sell-out crowd.  We also must acknowledge our gratitude to Mimi Song, Chairman & CEO of Superior Grocers and her Leadership Team, for the VERY generous donation to our Illuminator Education Fund.  Our organization would not be able to continue to offer all of the Scholarships that we do without your support.  Thank you for contributing to the success of our future leaders.