New Jersey Food Council’s Linda Doherty Honored by NJBIZ as One of State’s “Best 50 Women in Business”

Linda Doherty, President & CEO of the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC), is one of the state’s “Best 50 Women in Business” according to NJBIZ magazine.

Every year, NJBIZ selects professional women from around New Jersey, representing a wide variety of industries and career paths, who all share one characteristic: leadership in the Garden State’s business community. This highly competitive list includes C-suite executives, educators, entrepreneurs and many others who are making a strong positive impact on the state’s economy.

The New Jersey Food Council, is a Trenton-based business trade association that represents more than 1,500 members in the food retail, wholesale, and manufacturing segments of the $136 billion New Jersey food distribution industry, including some of the largest employers in a state with almost nine million residents to feed every day.  Not only does she represent some of the finest companies in New Jersey, but some of the finest corporations in the world.

Larisa F. Perry, Wells Fargo; Kimberlee S. Phelan, WithumSmith+Brown; Linda Doherty, NJFC President; PC, Jerry Brown, Comcast Business during presentation ceremony.

As the fifth and longest serving NJFC president in its 48-year history, Ms. Doherty develops and launches programs and policies designed to continuously strengthen this industry that is so critical to the state’s economy, consumers, and workforce. Her professional focus is on association management, public policy, leadership development, corporate communications, public affairs, and government relations.

This year, she celebrated her 24th anniversary with the NJFC and 13th anniversary as president.

“To stand alongside such an accomplished group of women who are making a significant impact on business in New Jersey is a humbling honor and a special moment I will cherish,” Doherty said.

Doherty has been credited with developing NJFC’s Leadership Development program, growing it’s Student Scholarship and Educational Foundation, bringing more diversity onto the Board of Directors and in leadership positions andsharing her experiences, career insights and advice as a leading female food industry executive.

“Linda could not be more deserving of this recognition,” said Patrick C. Dunican, Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C. in Newark, who submitted Doherty’s nomination to NJBIZ. “She has made incredible strides as a leader in the food industry and the New Jersey business community at large.”

Doherty also has a strong passion for community outreach focusing on food assistance programs for women, children, families, and other individuals in need. As an advocate for women’s issues and financial stability, she founded the Girl’s Investment Network (GIN), a group of women in various stages of economic health to learn about financial stability, investing opportunities, and balancing personal finances.

Doherty is married and has three adult children.

Frank Mastrangelo of SuperValu to be Recognized at the Night of Distinction

March 23 is quickly approaching!  The NJ Food Council is hosting an eventful night to honor three of our leading members with Industry Achievement Awards. We are pleased to spotlight Frank Mastrangelo of SuperValu as a prestigious honoree.

Frank Mastrangelo, Area Marketing Director of Supervalu is a 34 year industry professional. He began his career as a manufacturing representative at Mrs. Paul’s, moving onto retail and foodservice supply chain services with Rotelle, Richfood, Fleming, AWI, and currently SuperValu.

Frank has held a variety of leadership positions in sales management including Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Development, and multiple directorships. Frank has been serving on the Board of Directors for the NJFC for 12 years and has been an active member of the Council’s Finance Committee for eight years.

“Frank has been an integral member of the NJFC Board since he joined. He has made significant contributions as a voice on our finance committee that has enabled NJFC enjoy a strong and viable financial position. We are grateful for his savvy advice and counsel. Frank is being honored for his leadership on our board, promoting our economic stability, and increasing the visibility of the New Jersey Food Council.” said NJFC President Linda Doherty.

This year’s annual event will take place at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey on Thursday, March 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Joining Frank with this Industry Achievement recognition are Nico Sumas, Chief Marketing Officer of Village ShopRite and John Derderian, President of Allegiance Retail Services.

Tickets can be reserved online at www.njfoodcouncil.com/events or by calling NJFC at 609.392.8899.

Nico Sumas of Village Supermarkets to be Recognized at the Night of Distinction

March 23 is quickly approaching!  The NJ Food Council is hosting an eventful night to honor three of our leading members with Industry Achievement Awards. We are pleased to spotlight Nico Sumas II of Village Super Market as a prestigious honoree.

Nicholas J. Sumas II (Nico) is Chief Marketing Officer of Village Super Market Inc. which operates 29 ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Nico, a third-generation grocer, has worked in almost all facets of the family business since he was 14 years old.  Today, he works alongside his extended family to fulfill their mission of helping families live better.  Nico is a member of Wakefern’s Board of Directors and is also active on a number of its committees.

“Nico and the entire Sumas family have been dedicated members of the New Jersey Food Council and we are excited to see the third generation of the Sumas family coming to the forefront of the industry and participating in the Food Council mission. Nico is an innovative supermarket executive who is greatly respected by trade partners and other retailers. We are thrilled to recognize this next generation leader from the Wakefern family of ShopRite Supermarkets,” said NJFC President Linda Doherty.

Nico holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Business.  Prior to joining the family business, he spent three years at Chemical Bank of New Jersey as a credit analyst and loan officer in their middle markets group.  Nico has served as the Board Chair of St. Paul’s Day School for the past six years and is an active supporter of Autism Speaks, raising funds and awareness for this important cause.

This year’s annual event will take place at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey on Thursday, March 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Joining Nico with this Industry Achievement recognition are Frank Mastrangelo, Area Marketing Director of Supervalu and John Derderian, President of Allegiance Retail Services.

Tickets can be reserved online at www.njfoodcouncil.com/events or by calling NJFC at 609.392.8899.

John Derderian of Allegiance Retail Services to be Honored at Night of Distinction

The NJ Food Council’s Annual Night of Distinction is just over one month away and we are excited to highlight one of our honorees each week leading up to the big night!

This year, the Board of Directors will recognize John Derderian, President of Allegiance Retail Services with the prestigious Industry Achievement Award. John leads a supermarket cooperative of about 100 stores headquartered in Central New Jersey.  Allegiance provides merchandising, marketing, technology and various other services to its members including Foodtown, D’Agostino’s, Freshtown, Uncle Giuseppe’s, Brooklyn Harvest, LaBella Markets, Market Fresh, and Big Deal.

“John Derderian is a progressive leader in the NJ food distribution industry. His skillful command of the omni-channel platform is a great benefit to the demands of today’s consumers and the services of the retail food industry in the Northeast. We are pleased the NJFC Board of Directors is recognizing John for his vision and engagement,” said NJFC President Linda Doherty.

Prior to joining Allegiance in 2012 as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Member Development, John spent 33 years at Pathmark Stores holding several senior management positions before leaving in 2008 as Executive Vice President, Business Strategy & Marketing.

Between positions at Pathmark and Allegiance Retail Services, John established, and was Managing Director of Consumer Comprehension, LLC, a retail consulting firm which provided marketing communication and business intelligence solutions to retail clients in various channels of trade. In his consulting role, John also served as an advisor to many financial institutions, private equity firms and venture capitalists, who were seeking expert industry assessments.

This year’s annual event will take place at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey on Thursday, March 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Joining John with Industry Achievement Awards are Frank Mastrangelo, Area Marketing Director of SuperValu and Nico Sumas, Chief Marketing Officer of Village Super Market Inc.

 

Release: NJFC Announces Night of Distinction Honorees

The New Jersey Food Council will host the prestigious Night of Distinction reception Thursday, March 23, 6:00 p.m. at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ. The event, with its powerful slate of honorees, draws over 500 guests including prominent food industry executives. Guests will enjoy delectable cuisine, live music, and a silent auction that supports the NJFC Educational Development Scholarship Program.

New Jersey Food Council is proud to announce its 2017 Night of Distinction Honorees who will be presented with Industry Achievement Awards for their meaningful contributions to advance the mission of the Food Council, for achieving significant food business success, and for their history of civic service within the New Jersey food community.

This year’s honorees are John Derderian, President of Allegiance Retail Services; Frank Mastrangelo, Area Marketing Director of SuperValu; and Nico Sumas, Chief Marketing Officer of Village ShopRite Supermarkets Inc.

“We are excited to honor these three men and their organizations as stellar members of NJFC that work to support our efforts and our association’s mission.” said Linda Doherty, NJFC President. And she added, “This recognition truly makes this night the retail food industry event of the year.”

Tickets can be reserved online at www.njfoodcouncil.com/events or by calling NJFC at 609.392.8899.