Welcome to the Food Industry Hall of Fame
The Food Industry Hall of Fame was established to recognize those select individuals who have provided leadership, fostered innovation, and dedicated themselves to excellence in the food industry. The Hall of Fame honors contributions to the entire food industry across all segments and selects individuals who clearly have the recognition and respect of industry peers for their contributions and commitment.
Inductee affiliations and biographical data are chronicled along with achievements and contributions to the industry.
Safeway’s Karl Schroeder hasn’t always been a West Coaster, but he has always been involved in the grocery business.
Schroeder, president of the Pleasanton-based company’s Northern California Division, grew up in New York—the son of an Air Force veteran who, upon emerging from World War II, opened a corner store.
“We, for part of my life, lived above the corner store in upstate New York,” Schroeder says. “It can’t get much more typical than that. It was, literally, a corner store.”
Schroeder helped out at his family’s store during his younger years and, at age 16, got a job at a local IGA. After high school, Schroeder headed west with friends and came on board with Safeway in Arizona in October 1976. He was just 18 years old.
You might say the rest—with a lot of hard work—is history. Schroeder has been with Safeway for nearly 40 years and has led its Northern California Division since 2004. Following the company’s merger with Albertsons, which is expected to be finalized in January 2015, Schroeder will serve as SVP of corporate merchandising, running the merchandising half of the marketing and merchandising organization.
The Shelby Report recently sat down with Schroeder in his office at Safeway’s headquarters to chat about his long career in the business, what has helped him find success, his family and his pastimes. More can be found in the December print issue of The Shelby Report of the West or online here.
Roger Schroeder began working as a box boy at Vons in 1960. Fifty-three years later, he’s still in the grocery business. Today, Schroeder is the VP of produce and floral at Stater Bros. Markets, the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California with nearly 170 stores and more than 18,000 employees. Schroeder has been the San Bernardino-based company’s top produce executive for 15 years.
Although he hails from Minnesota, Schroeder might just as well be considered a Golden State native. He moved with his family to California when he was 8 years old and has, as he reports, “been here ever since.”
Schroeder, 67, began working at Vons while in high school. He liked the grocery business so much he eventually gave up his studies to be an engineer. At Vons, Schroeder worked as a produce clerk, produce manager and completed the company’s store management training class to become a store manager before going into the company’s labor scheduling department. He later managed the company’s produce warehouse, became a produce merchandiser and eventually a perishables supervisor. All told, Schroeder spent nearly 30 years at Vons before leaving in the late ’80s to work at Hughes Family Markets as its VP of produce. He came to Stater Bros. in 1998.
Schroeder’s grocery career also has given him opportunities to give back to the community. He regularly offers his time and talents to numerous boards and committees and helps raise money for worthy causes.
He has been a member of the board of directors for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council (FPFC) since 1990, serving as chairman three times and, since 1992, Schroeder has been on a committee for the City of Hope, serving for the past several years as committee chairman and EVP. Schroeder also served on the board of directors for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and was twice the chairman of the 5 A Day for Better Health Program when it went national.
More about Roger Schroeder and his successful career can be found in the October print edition of The Shelby Report of the West.
Dale Venturini has been the voice of hospitality in Rhode Island for almost 25 years. The Rhode Island Hospitality Assn. (RIHA) represents not only just restaurants and hotels and everything else in the food service trade in Rhode Island.
She has been instrumental in improving the industry’s educational and training programs in the state, as well as enhancing the bottom line of the business she represents.
At the helm of the largest hospitality trade organization, Ms. Venturini splits her time between the office and the State House, a constant presence for her membership.
Currently, she is serving as a commissioner of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, is on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation based in Chicago, Ill.; on the Board of the Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau.
She is a board member of the Council of State Restaurant Associations based in Baltimore, Md; and on the Board of Governors for Miriam Hospital. Ms. Venturini is also a commodore for the State of Rhode Island.
A past president of the International Society of Restaurant Association Executives, Ms. Venturini has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association; the Rhode Island Community Food Bank; the Johnson & Wales University Feinstein Graduate School Advisory Board; the Wm. M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School; and a board member of the 100 Club of Rhode Island.
In addition, she also served on Board of the Cranston Redevelopment Agency as well as the Dean’s Board of Distinguished Counselors to the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School at Johnson & Wales University.