Top Shot @ Topgolf

Tee it Up for Scholarships

On Thursday, October 19, more than 150 grocery retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers from across the state joined the third annual CGAEF Top Shot @ Topgolf tournament for a day of networking and fundraising for the CGAEF College Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement Programs.

“This new twist on a golf tournament is a fantastic opportunity to help fund our two main giving programs. It allows players of all skills levels to participate in a day of fun and to network with their industry peers while raising money to support the next generation of leaders in the grocery industry,” said CGAEF President Ron Fong. “The Foundation is extremely appreciative of the companies that joined this unique tournament. Your support helps deserving college students of all ages fulfill their educational goals.”

Tournament Winners

First Place
Jordan Long, Avail Services
Brian Niles, Crown Poly
Mike Philipps, Mesa Verde Trading Company

Second Place – Crystal Creamery

Brian Carden
Joe DiMaggio
Richard Hunter

Third Place – Classic Wines of California

Damon Franzia
Brian Hudgins
Chris Oswald
Marc Ventre

Best Effort Player
Virginia Stephens, CA Fortune

Top Shot @ Topgolf Photos

Retailer Participation

Registered supplier foursomes anchored their bay and received dedicated play time with four (4) retail customers during two rounds of Topgolf play. Retailer participants travelled from bay to bay visiting with CGAEF tournament supporters.

Cardenas Markets
Adam Salgado, Chief Marketing Officer

Foods Etc.
Darin Austin, Meat Department Manager
Lamont Kucer, Store Manager
Andrew Pierson, Owner

Gelson’s Markets
Jacquie Slobom, Sr. Director, Store Operations

Grocery Outlet, Inc.
Greg Kobayashi, Director, Purchasing – Beer/Wine/Spirits
Paul Miller, Vice President, Purchasing – Grocery
Lori Kunkle, Deli Buyer

Mar-Val Food Stores
Jeremy Dodson, Supervisor
Tyler Kidd, Supervisor/Buyer

North State Grocery
Brad Askeland, President/CEO
Doug Duggins, Vice President – North Division
Laurence Kincaid, Sav-Mor Foods Director (Grocery)
Patty Zimmerman, Holiday Market Director (DSD/GM/Liquor)

Nutricion Fundamental, Inc.
Jon Giannini, General Manager

Jon Haduca, Merchant – Center Store Edibles
Mike Johnson, Merchant – Center Store Edibles
Joe Lima, Senior Merchant – Center Store Edibles

Phil Fernandez, Assistant Liquor Manager
Hector Fuentes, Store Director
Matt Kurtz, Assistant Sales Manager (Beverages)
Blake Mendenhall, Marketing Promo Manager
Any Nunes, Assistant Sales Manager (Meals)
Joe Ortiz, National Category Director, Corporate Merchandising
Erica Tabler, Assistant Sales Manager (Hispanic/Ethnic)
Steve Torgerson, Acting Center of Store Operations

Smart & Final Stores
Mike Barter, Director of Operations
Rich Tovatt, Group Vice President, Perishables & Merchandising

Susanville Supermarkets IGA
Todd Eid, Chief Operations Officer
Jessica Miller, Owner

The Save Mart Companies
Frank Chandler, Sales Director (Beer, Wine & Liquor)
Greg Compagnone, Sr. Sales Director (GM/HBC)
Scott Jardine, Vice President, Distribution
John Norman, Vice President, Save Mart Operations

United Markets
Andrea Franks, Store Director
Jeffrey French, Store Director