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Two Decades of Leadership: AWG CEO David Smith Retires, Successor Dan Funk Takes the Helm

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After two decades at the helm of Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. (AWG), CEO David Smith has retired, leaving a legacy of significant growth. Smith, who assumed the role of CEO in 2015, played a pivotal role in AWG’s expansion, transforming it from a regional player with 1,200 stores to the largest wholesaler serving independently owned supermarkets and grocery stores across the United States.

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AWG’s Remarkable Growth Journey

Smith, with AWG since 2003, has overseen the company’s strategic decisions, guiding it through substantial growth. What began with 1,200 stores and three divisions in the Midwest has evolved into a nationwide presence with over 4,000 locations in 36 states.

AWG boasts retail sales of $24 billion and wholesale sales exceeding $12 million. The success of AWG is attributed to a robust team and a well-functioning supply chain, highlighted by the company’s website.

Smith expresses pride in the accomplishments during his tenure and hands over the reins to his successor, Dan Funk, who is poised to lead AWG into its next chapter.

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Dan Funk, Smith’s successor, has a 12-year tenure with AWG, starting as the president of Valu Merchandisers Company (VMC), a subsidiary of AWG. Funk’s journey within the company positions him as a fitting successor, committed to building on the strong foundation laid by Smith and driving innovation and growth collaboratively.

Barry Queen, AWG’s chairman of the board, expresses confidence in Funk’s ability to lead the company successfully. While extending gratitude to Smith for his outstanding leadership, Queen assures a smooth transition and a bright future for AWG under Funk’s capable direction. Smith’s retirement is celebrated, acknowledging his pivotal role in AWG’s thriving journey.

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