AWMA Names New Chairman

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) named Dick Dunham, vice president of operations for Stephenson Wholesale Co. in Durant, Okla., as its 2008 Chairman.

"Dick Dunham brings invaluable experience from over thirty years in the convenience and supermarket distribution industry to our board of directors," said AWMA President and CEO Scott Ramminger. "AWMA members know they can look to Dick for leadership on the complex issues which lay ahead."

Dunham joined Stephenson Wholesale in 1995 and, prior to that, was employed by Safeway (Texas and California), Von’s (California) and Hale-Halsell (Oklahoma). An enthusiastic supporter of industry and employee associations, he currently serves on the executive board of the Oklahoma Wholesale Marketers Association and the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors in addition to his AWMA Chairmanship.

Dunham will deliver the opening address at AWMA’s Real Deal Expo, the association’s annual convention, being held Feb. 20-22 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The Expo is one of the country’s oldest and largest shows for warehouse distributed snacks, candy, tobacco, grocery, foodservice, general merchandise, health and beauty care items, technology products and more.

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