Five former PFMA Chairman read the association’s 65 years of accomplishments and saluted McCorkle’s work over the past 35 years during a dinner celebration. Former chairmen Christy Spoa, Ellwood City Save-A-Lot; Scott Hartman, Rutter’s; Louie Sheetz, Sheetz, Inc.; Dan McNabb, Baldwin-Whitehall Food Stores; and Paul Rankin, Country Fair, Inc.; and current chairman, Jeff Brown, Brown’s Super Stores; shared accomplishments such as starting business services Pennsylvania Coupon Redemption Services and MEMO Financial Services; the Scanning Certification Program, Responsible Tobacco Sales Certification Program and the Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholarship Program. They also recognized important legislation PFMA and its members helped get implemented, such as adult beverage sales, a uniform food code, tougher organized retail crime penalties and efforts to prevent waste and promote recycling.
Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge provided a video message recognizing the association’s work and David McCorkle’s contribution to the industry. Scott Hartman announced that starting next year one of the Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholarships will be designated the David and Kathryn McCorkle Scholarship for David and his wife Kathy’s contributions to Pennsylvania’s food industry.
McCorkle, who currently serves as president emeritus, praised the association and its members.
“What you have in this room is really very special in the country and we’re going to have to work doubly hard in the next decade to make sure the successes we’ve enjoyed to date continue in the future,” he said. “It’s a changing industry. It’s a changing consumer and your jobs are changing.”