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Chatham People Where Are They Now?
This is where we will post your Flash-Forward of what you are doing now
Tell us what you have been doing since you left Chatham,
send it to us and we will post it here for others to read
Jerry Wayne Howard...?     Return to list
Hi Everyone ~
 'Such a coincidence that I found your site on the weekend you're having a reunion. My name is Jerry Wayne Howard. I was the manager of Chatham's short-lived Central Commissary, aka Central Deli Kitchen. I worked in the main office for many months while the project was being constructed on a mezzanine above the produce section of the distribution center on Frazho Road. Once it opened, I managed the operation on-site for the two years or so of its existence. Attached is a page from my scrapbook. The article appeared in the Chatham employee newsletter. (see Below)

After Chatham, I worked in the Elias Brothers Warren, MI headquarters for about two years. In 1980 I returned to my home state of California. I became an attorney in 1983 and have lived and practiced law in Palm Springs, CA for the past 21 years.

Best wishes to all!

Jerry Wayne Howard

Chatham's short-lived Central Commissary

Dennis Eidson...?     Return to list
Hi Everyone ~
Dennis and I were unable to attend the 2008 Chatham Annual Picnic/Reunion.
However, as I am so proud of Dennis and his accomplishments,
I am sending you a copy.
Thanks for your continued efforts to keep the Chatham Family alive.
Michele Eidson

Dennis Eidson
Dennis Eidson

Spartan president to become chief executive

Posted by The Grand Rapids Press August 08, 2008 06:54AM

Categories: Breaking News, Business
BYRON TOWNSHIP -- Spartan Stores Inc. announced Thursday its board of directors has appointed company President Dennis Eidson as chief executive officer effective Oct. 15.
CEO Craig Sturken will continue in his role as executive chairman. Eidson will remain a board member, president and chief operating officer until the transition.
Spartan Stores' Board of Directors Approves CEO Succession Plan
Dennis Eidson To Become Chief Executive Officer;
Craig Sturken to Continue as Executive Board Chairman

Spartan Stores, Inc., (Nasdaq:SPTN) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Dennis Eidson as Chief Executive Officer effective October 15, 2008. Mr. Craig Sturken will continue in his role as Executive Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Eidson will continue in his current role as a board member, President and Chief Operating Officer until his transition to President and Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, he will focus on developing and executing the board approved, consumer-centric business strategies and leveraging the company's distinct hybrid business model, while identifying sustainable market growth opportunities and upholding the company's highly motivated and performance driven corporate culture. Mr. Sturken will work closely with Dennis to ensure a seamless transition of responsibilities during the next three months. As Executive Chairman, Mr. Sturken will continue to manage board functions and facilitate interaction between the board and executive management. In addition, Mr. Sturken will coordinate with the CEO to develop and execute the Company's business strategy, cultivate a performance-driven corporate culture, mentor executive leadership, and assist in maintaining critical business relationships,

"For the past 24 months, our board has been engaged in CEO succession planning," stated Craig C. Sturken, Spartan's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "I have worked with our board to assess our critical leadership needs and to ensure that we selected the right individual to lead us through our future growth stages. During the past six years, we have built Spartan Stores into a leading and well respected regional grocery distributor and retailer. During those years Dennis has consistently demonstrated his exceptional leadership talent, strategic insight and business plan execution capabilities. He has been instrumental in guiding our business strategies, which produced record fiscal 2008 earnings and our tenth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. He has been the chief architect behind our critical marketing, merchandising and category management strategies that have led to our successful business performance. Dennis has my full and enthusiastic support, along with the support of our board, the executive management team, and our associates," said Mr. Sturken.

"It is both a privilege and an honor to be appointed to this critical leadership role," said Mr. Eidson. "Spartan Stores is an outstanding and cohesive organization comprised of exceptionally talented, hard working executives and other associates who are firmly committed to the Company's long-term success. I look forward to working closely with all of our constituents, including Spartan's board of directors, shareholders, distribution customers, suppliers, and the communities that we serve. Our Company has enjoyed tremendous success under Craig's leadership. I look forward to working with Craig to continue increasing shareholder value by relentlessly focusing on our consumer-centric business strategy. I expect to further strengthen our market position by leveraging our organization's core competencies and competitive advantages to ensure that we extend our success well into the future."

Mr. Eidson joined Spartan Stores in March 2003 as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising. In October 2007 he was appointed to the Board of Directors and as Company President, following his appointment in February 2007 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has accumulated more than 32 years of grocery industry knowledge and experience. Prior to joining Spartan Stores, Eidson was Divisional President and Chief Executive Officer of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company's Midwest region, and Assistant General Manager for Nash Finch, Inc.'s Michigan operations. He is a graduate of Michigan State University's Food Management program and has spent his entire career working in the Midwest region's grocery industry.

About Spartan Stores Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Spartan Stores, Inc., (Nasdaq:SPTN) is the nation's tenth largest grocery distributor with warehouse facilities in Grand Rapids and Plymouth, Michigan. The Company distributes more than 40,000 private-label and national brand products to nearly 400 independent grocery stores in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Spartan Stores also owns and operates 84 retail supermarkets in Michigan, including Family Fare Supermarkets, Glen's Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and Felpausch Food Centers.
Spartan Stores, Inc.
Investor Contact: Dave Staples, 616-878-8319
Executive Vice President & CFO
Media Contact: Jeanne Norcross, 616-878-2830
Vice President Corporate Affairs

Aug 07, 2008

Information provided by: Michele Eidson 9/9/08

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