Mike Teel, Raley’s
“When I was CEO the first time earlier in my career, I made a bad mistake that put the company in a bad position. I was being disciplined for it, but the board and my parents wanted me to stay. But I realized that I could never feel good about myself had I stayed because I knew that if I was anybody other than a family member, I’d have been fired. And so I stepped down, and the lesson I learned was: Do the right thing by being true to yourself. I quit, I focused on the character flaw that got me in trouble and I worked on it. And I’m a much better person today because of it.” —Mike Teel, owner and chairman, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Joe Sheridan, Wakefern
“I’ve found that three qualities—respect, honesty and clarity—are the foundation of all great relationships, and that’s how you build mutual trust. And where there is mutual trust, there is a clear path to achieving great things.” —Joe Sheridan, president and COO, Wakefern Food Corp.
Greg Ferrara, National Grocers Association
“We must be eyes open to what is going on in our industry and with consumers, but careful to not abandon who we are. Local is a powerful brand and independent grocers need to own it.” —Greg Ferrara, president and CEO, National Grocers Association