The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers announced that Frank and Mike Coleman of Newfoundland’s Colemans, Ed Holik of Weston Foods, and Bruce Logan of Village Food Markets in Sooke, B.C., will receive the Life Member Designation this year.
Frank Coleman is president and CEO of the Coleman Group of Companies, a retail food, home furnishings and clothing company based in Newfoundland & Labrador.
Prior to joining Colemans in 1986, he was president of Atlantic Consulting Economists, a private consultancy based in St. John’s.
He currently serves as director on the board for North West Company and is chair of the board for Rocky Mountain Liquor. He served on food industry boards including the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors and United Grocers Inc.
In November 2011, Frank received the Canadian’s grocery industry’s highest honour, the Golden Pencil award for lifetime achievement.
READ: Golden Pencil winners 2011
Mike Coleman, VP of procurement, wholesale and distribution operations at the Coleman Group, joined Colemans in 1976.
Under Mike’s leadership, Colemans has successfully adapted to a constantly evolving marketplace. Mike is a past chair of CFIG, sits on the board of CFIG’s distribution council and is a board member of United Grocers Inc. one of Canada’s largest grocery buying groups.
“Both Frank and Mike have been very active supporters and staunch advocates for independent grocers across Canada for a long, long time” said Tom Barlow, president and CEO of CFIG in a release.
Ed Holik is past chair of the CFIG associate members’ council (AMC) and is currently the executive VP of operations at Weston Foods North America.
Barlow said that Holik’s “entrepreneurial spirit and focus on customer service has served as inspiration and empowered the growth of independents across Canada.”
After seven years with Procter & Gamble in various operational roles with increasing responsibilities, in Grande Prairie, Alta., and Belleville, Ont., Holik has been with Weston for 25 years in various positions. Over the years, he has been on several advisory boards and a strong supporter of the ALS Society of Canada and Cancer Care Manitoba.
Bruce Logan of Village Food Markets in Sooke, B.C., opened his store in 1979 with Jerry Liedtke and Chris Craig. Since then, the Village Food Market has continually given back to the community of Sooke. The store supports more than a dozen programs on a regular basis.
“Bruce’s Village Market has become a landmark in the area and his involvement in the Sooke community is that of legend and continues to be a strong retail presence on Vancouver Island,” said Barlow in a release.
The Colemans and Holik will be officially recognized on Sept. 30 at Grocery Innovations Canada 2013 during CFIG’s Luncheon of Honour at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Logan will receive his award at Grocery Showcase West 2014, at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
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