Changes to the Associated Grocers Board of Directors

Changes to the Associated Grocers Board of Directors

Michael Comeau of Jericho, Vermont has been elected to the Board of Directors of Associated Grocers of New England. Thomas Rath has been named Director Emeritus. And after serving ten years, Robert George of Newport, Vermont has retired from the Board. Current Chairman of the Board, Thomas Bradbury said “while we are sorry to see Bob leave the Board, we are extremely pleased to have Mike’s added enthusiasm and expertise and Tom’s renewed involvement on our Board.”

Michael ComeauMichael Comeau of Jericho, Vermont began his career in 1988 as a clerk bagging groceries for Grand Union in Burlington, Vermont. By 2004 Mike was ready to take both his working knowledge of the grocery retail business and the personal success he had garnered through the purchasing, rental, management and sale of residential lease holdings to the next level by purchasing a grocery store of his own. In October of 2004, Mike purchased a small market in Richmond, VT that he named Richmond Corner Market.

In November 2011 Mike purchased his second store, formerly known as RJ’s Friendly Market in Waterbury, VT, naming it the Village Market of Waterbury. His dedication and commitment has led him to successfully build this location into a trademark member of the Waterbury community supplying close to 50 jobs. In August of this year Mike will open his third store in Johnson, VT. The location, formerly a Grand Union supermarket, will follow the same hybrid, community oriented grocery retail model that Mike is known for.

He has served on the Vermont Grocers’ Association Board of Directors since 2011 and currently serves as the Chair of Membership Services and Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. During his limited free time, Mike spends time on his boat and fishing. He has fished on the professional bass tour for many years.

Thomas D. RathThomas D. Rath, a founding partner of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.A. in Concord, New Hampshire, is a former Attorney General of New Hampshire and has been actively involved in government relations since entering private practice in 1980. He was appointed by President Bush to be a director of the Legal Services Corporation. Tom served as the Chairman of the election campaigns of New Hampshire’s former senior U.S. Senator, Warren Rudman, and its current senior U.S. Senator, Judd Gregg. Tom has served as a senior national advisor to the presidential campaigns of Howard Baker, Robert Dole, Lamar Alexander, President George W. Bush and Governor Mitt Romney.

Tom is currently on the Board of Directors of the New England Council and its immediate past Chairman. He serves on the boards of Associated Grocers of New England and the Lincoln Variable Investment Trust. Tom received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University.

Robert GeorgeRobert George has been involved in the food industry since becoming the manager of Fedele’s Market of Newport, VT, in 1988. Bob assumed ownership of Fedele’s Market in 1994 and re-named it RJ’s Friendly Market. In 2007, Bob sold RJ’s Friendly Market in Newport, VT and purchased a store in Waterbury, VT. Bob has since sold his Waterbury store to Michael Comeau and retired from the retail food business.

The Vermont Grocers Association named Bob Grocer of the Year in 2001. He was selected in recognition of his successful store operations, his customer service orientation, and his contributions to both the food industry and his community.

Bob has served as a Director of Vermont Grocers Association and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Lyndonville Savings Bank. He was also a Director of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group. Bob has served as an EMT with the Newport Ambulance Service. For a period of 27 years, he has been a volunteer firefighter and in 1999 was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Newport, a position he held until May 2006. In 2003 he became a member of AG New England’s Board of Directors.

Associated Grocers of New England, Inc., is the largest retailer-owned, wholesale grocery Distribution Center in New England. Serving the needs of Independent Retail Grocers of every store size and format… multi-store independent supermarket groups, community supermarkets, country stores, and convenience retailers.

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