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Topco Associates Announces 2016 Board of Directors
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Topco Associates Announces 2016 Board of Directors

Topco Associates, LLC recently held its Annual Membership Conference February 24–26. During the two-day meeting, Topco announced the election of its 2016 Board of Directors, effective immediately. Members of Topco’s Board of Directors serve a two-year term.

In a unanimous election by the Topco membership, John Lucot, President and Chief Operating Officer of Giant Eagle, Inc., was named Chairman of the Topco Associates LLC Board of Directors. Lucot has served as Topco’s Vice Chairman since June, 2015 and has been a Topco Board Member since 2012. In his role as chairman, Lucot will help to represent over 50 Topco members to aggregate volume, innovate industry best practices and share their collective knowledge to compete more effectively in the marketplace.

"Giant Eagle has been a Topco member for many years, and I look forward to working with each member to align to Topco’s structure and processes that will facilitate an environment for all of us to truly partner together," said Lucot. Giant Eagle Inc., which ranked number 35 on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list, has been a Topco member-owner since 1962. Giant Eagle takes part in many of Topco’s programs, including frozen, grocery, HBC/GM, dairy/bakery, fresh meat, branded meat, produce, national brands and indirect spend.

Lucot replaces Randy Edeker, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hy-Vee, who previously served a three-year term as Topco’s Chairman of the Board. Following his term as chairman, Edeker will continue to serve Topco as a member of its board of directors in 2016. "We have a strong board that supports this organization, and a great chairman coming in. John is a very insightful leader, a smart leader and someone who is committed to doing an outstanding job on behalf of Topco," said Edeker.

Chris Coborn, President and CEO of Coborn’s, Inc., was elected Vice Chairman of the Topco Associates, LLC Board of Directors. Coborn, who has been a Topco board member since 2014 will serve a two-year term as Vice Chairman.

The 2016 Topco Associates, LLC Board of Directors includes:

  • Brad Brookshire, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brookshire Holdings, Inc.
  • Jay Campbell, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer Associated Grocers,Inc.
  • Chris Coborn, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coborn’s Incorporated
  • Charlie D’Amour, President and Chief Operating Officer, Big Y Foods, Inc.
  • Randy Edeker, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • Dennis Eidson, President and Chief Executive Officer, SpartanNash Company
  • Scott Grimmett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Golub Corporation/Price Chopper
  • John Lucot, President and Chief Operating Officer, Giant Eagle, Inc.
  • Randy Skoda, President and Chief Executive Officer, Topco Associates, LLC
  • Steve Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
  • Pete Van Helden, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stater Bros. Markets
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