Gary is a Partner in the Partnering Group, working in the Supplier, Supply Chain and Retail Practices, primarily in the area of Fresh Produce and Floral.
Partner Capabilities and Experience:
Gary has extensive experience in all facets of the Fresh Retail Operations, Chill Chain Distribution and Fresh Produce/Floral Production. His areas of expertise cover a wide span of items relevant to the business, including:
- Executive Leadership Experience
- Business Start Ups
- Strategic Business Planning
- Retail/Wholesale Merchandising & Marketing
- Supply Chain Processes and Methods
- Business Data Applications in Technology
Partner Industry Experience:
Gary brings nearly 38 years of executive leadership experience in operational management, strategic planning, and new business development and consumer sales across a variety of retail, wholesale and production businesses. He began his career with Safeway Stores, Inc., where he spent 14 years in various management assignments in California and Washington, D.C, primarily in the area of Fresh Produce. He then moved from retail to wholesale, where he spent nearly 19 years with SUPERVALU, serving in increasing responsible positions in Fresh, CPG Category Management and Executive Leadership. Gary was also the past President/CEO of Driscoll Strawberry Associates, the largest producer of consumer-ready fresh strawberries and raspberries in North America. In his most recent assignment, Gary was responsible for the creation and launch of the W. Newell Fresh Produce Company, a LLC of SUPERVALU, where he served as Chief Operating Officer.
Gary graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in History. He also holds a Master of Arts degree at San Diego State University.
Area(s) of Expertise:
- Manufacturer Consulting
- Manufacturer Training
- Retail Consulting
- Retail Training