Rudy Dory, the visionary patriarch of the two-store, Bend, Ore.-based Newport Avenue Market, was honored at the 2019 NGA Show with the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award for his participation in public affairs and advocacy.
Established in 1982, the Adamy Great American Award is NGA’s most distinguished government relations award, presented to an individual or company whose leadership in the food industry best exemplifies active and effective participation in government relations as a citizen and industry representative. The award’s namesake, Clarence Adamy, was a past president of the National Association of Food Chains and was very active in public and government affairs.
“Rudy is a tireless advocate of the independent supermarket industry by supporting a public policy agenda that benefits Main Street grocers throughout the country,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA’s EVP of advocacy, public relations and member services. “NGA commends Rudy on his achievements and looks forward to working together in the future as we continue come up with innovative ways to advance the interests of our industry.”
Since its opening in 1976, Dory’s Newport Avenue Market has been a primary choice for foodies in central Oregon. The 100% employee-owned grocer offers shoppers both mainstream and hard-to-find food items as well as kitchenware and unique gifts. An 18-time “Best Grocery Store” winner in Central Oregon by The Source Weekly’s annual community poll, Dory’s two stores support local producers and specializes in high-quality, in-demand food and beverage items, including 500 varieties of craft beer.
In other NGA Show news, the association announced the creation of the Peter J. Larkin Award for Community Service in honor of Larkin’s retirement at the end of 2019. The award will be presented annually to an independent retailer or wholesaler who demonstrates exceptional dedication and commitment to the communities he or she serves.
“Peter’s passion for our industry and the independent grocer is unwavering, but it’s the independent grocer’s commitment and service to their community that he is most proud of,” said Cheryl Sommer, chairwoman of NGA’s board and owner of Santa Fe, N.M.-based Kaune’s Neighborhood Market.
Larkin’s retirement from NGA at this end of this year will cap a 40-year career in the grocery industry. During his tenure at NGA, which began in 2010, the association experienced retail and wholesale membership growth as well as stronger member engagement in share groups, committees and attendance at The NGA show. Additionally, NGA’s government relations and advocacy efforts have expanded and produced numerous wins for independent supermarkets under Larkin’s leadership.
Also at the NGA Show, the association presented its new board of directors, which includes:
Appointed Board of Directors Officers and Executive Committee
Chairwoman: Cheryl Sommer, Kaune’s Neighborhood Market
Immediate Past Chairman: Rich Niemann Jr., Niemann Foods Inc.
Vice-Chair: Mike Stigers, UNFI/Supervalu
Secretary: Ted Balistreri, Sendik’s Food Markets
Treasurer: David Smith, Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc.
President & CEO: Peter Larkin, National Grocers Association
At-Large: Kim Eskew, Harps Food Stores Inc.
At-Large: Roger Lowe Jr., Lowe’s Market
At-Large: Richard Morgan Jr., North State Grocery Inc.
At-Large: Jeff Reagan, Wakefern Food Corp.
At-Large: Zulema Wiscovitch, Associated Supermarket Group
Incoming Board Members
John Akins, Akins Market
Randy Arceneaux, Affiliated Foods Inc.
Joe Cavaliere, C&S Wholesale Grocers
Dave Conroy, First Data
Paula Janssen, Janssen’s Fine Foods
Pete Najjar, Cardiff Seaside Market
Michael Needler Jr., Fresh Encounter Inc.
Tony Patrignelli, Unilever
Gary Redner, Redner’s Markets
Returning Board Members
Jay Ard, The Coca-Cola Co.
Terrie Baker, Baker's IGA
Neal Berube, Associated Food Stores Inc.
Jennifer Bosma, Harvest Market
Kimberly Brackett, Brackett's Market IGA
Trent Brookshire, Brookshire Grocery Co.
David Bullard, Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Co.
John Derderian, Allegiance Retail Services LLC
Rudy Dory, Newport Avenue Market
Jesse Garcia, Post Consumer Brands
Jan Gee, Washington Food Industry Association
Ron Graff Jr., Columbiana Foods Inc.
Neil Greenstein, Brookdale/Newark ShopRite
Winston Griffin, Laurel Grocery Co.
Steve Heggelke, Bozzuto’s Inc.
Tim Henderson, Henderson’s IGA
Michelle Hurd, Iowa Grocery Industry Association
Reed Kessler, Kessler’s Inc
Kristi Magnuson-Nelson, Hugo’s Family Marketplace
Bob McTeir, Merchants Distributors Inc.
Brian Moyer, Freshop
David Ochs, KeHE Distributors
Eligio Pena, Compare Foods
Larry Pierce, SpartanNash Co.
Kevin Proctor, Save-A-Lot
Art Rosenberg, PepsiCo Inc.
Daniel Shanahan, Buehler’s Fresh Foods
Ray Sprinkle, URM Stores Inc
Jeff Strack, Indiana Grocery Corp.
Michael Violette, Associated Grocers of New England
Joe Wolf, Alliance Retail Group