During its fall board meeting in Hershey, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association Board of Directors welcomed Christopher Reed, general counsel for The Rutter’s Companies, as its newest board member. Reed accepted the open seat after Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Holdings Inc., ended his long-time involvement on the board.
Reed leads Rutter’s legal team, with 11 years of experience in real estate development, environmental remediation, fuel, gambling, alcohol, mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions.
“We are excited to welcome Chris to the PFMA board and continue a strong, engaged relationship with Rutter’s, a long-time sponsor and member of PFMA,” said Alex Baloga, president and CEO of PFMA. “Chris brings a wealth of experience to the board that will benefit our members and impact our agenda moving forward.”
During the meeting, Baloga also recognized Hartman’s years of service on the board. Hartman joined the board in 1999. He served as treasurer and secretary, each for two years, and ascended to the role of chair from 2007 to 2008. His father, Stewart Hartman, also served as board chair from 1995 to 1997.
“It’s hard to measure the impact that Scott and Rutter’s have had on PFMA,” Baloga said. “We appreciate his service, dedication and engagement on the board, and his continued involvement as a PFMA sponsor and member. Our success at PFMA depends on the commitment of members like Scott.”
Reed moved into his present role as general counsel at Rutter’s in 2018. Previously, he worked as associate general counsel at Rite Aid, where he advised on and negotiated all facets of commercial real estate development and pharmacy acquisition transactions. He began his career at a mid-sized Pennsylvania law firm in 2011.
He attended Monmouth University and earned degrees in finance and management in 2008. He continued his education at Villanova University School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2011.
Reed serves as a board member for Rutter’s Children’s Charities. Among other service, he also is the president of the board for York Day Early Learning.
He and his wife Amy live in York, Pa., and have two children and a Great Dane, Nena.
PFMA is led by a 36-member Board of Directors that includes retail and associate members. This volunteer group shapes the association's agenda. Members are elected to unlimited three-year terms.
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