WMU News

AWG chief to be honored by alma mater

March 16, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Doug Carolan, president and chief executive officer of Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., will be honored Monday, March 27, by the Western Michigan University Food Marketing Program.

Carolan will receive the first-ever Food Marketing Outstanding Alumni Award on the opening night of the 35th annual Food Marketing Conference. The two-day event is expected to draw more than 500 food marketing executives from around the nation.

The Outstanding Alumni Award was established to honor graduates of WMU's Food Marketing Program who have distinguished themselves in their field.

"In addition to the phenomenal success he's achieved in the industry, we wanted to recognize Doug for his contributions to the Food Marketing Program here at WMU," says conference coordinator Dr. Frank M. Gambino, associate professor of marketing and adviser to the Food Marketing Program. "Just recently he helped to spearhead a fundraising campaign and he has been generous with his time and talents in many other ways as well."

A 1962 Western Michigan University graduate, Carolan has nearly 40 years experience in the food service industry and has spent two decades in various management positions in the retail food industry.

In his current position as president and CEO of AWG, Carolan directs operations for the sixth largest grocery wholesaler in the nation. With four major distribution centers--in Kansas City, Kan; Oklahoma City; Springfield, Mo.; and Ft. Scott, Kan.--AWG is the second leading retailer-owned wholesaler in the country with sales of more than $3 billion each year. The company has 3,500 employees and services more than 800 member stores in a 10-state Central Midwest region.

Carolan serves on the board of directors for the Food Marketing Institute, Harvesters, the Kansas City area food bank, UMB Bank and the Benchmark Insurance Agency. He also sits on the board of governors of Food Distributors International.

The annual food marketing conference is sponsored by WMU's Food Marketing Program in the Haworth College of Business and by Sigma Phi Omega, a professional business fraternity. All proceeds from the conference support scholarships and program operations. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the conference hotline at (616) 387-2132.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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