During the 2021 Annual Conference board meeting in June, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association welcomed three new members to its board. Mike Mammone, Senior Director of Customer Experience for the Robesonia division of C&S Wholesale Grocers, was appointed board secretary. Bill Lipsky, Vice President of Merchandising with Shop n Save Pittsburgh for UNFI, and Chuck Tullis, Senior Vice President at Utz Quality Foods, joined the board as members at large.
PFMA is a statewide trade association that advocates for the interests of the food and beverage retail industry. It is led by a 37-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.
“We are thankful to have a strong and active PFMA board. The additions of Mike, Bill and Chuck and the experience they bring to the board will benefit the association and its membership,” said Alex Baloga, president and CEO of PFMA. “Thank you to our new and current members for their dedication and guidance.”
Mammone was named board secretary to replace Meg Mitchell, VP of Customer Experience at C&S Wholesale Grocers. He joined C&S in October 2019 as Senior Director of Business Development, overseeing growth for the Grocers Supply Division. Prior to joining C&S, he spent 30 years with SUPERVALU/UNFI where he increased roles of responsibility in the areas of GM/HBC, retail pricing, real estate, finance, credit, business development and sales. Mammone previously worked with UNFI as Director of Sales for the western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio markets.
For the past three years, Lipsky has served as Vice President of Merchandising with Shop n Save Pittsburgh for UNFI. His team is responsible for merchandising and marketing for the 80-plus independently owned and operated Shop n Save Stores in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and western New York. He previously held leadership positions in the Atlantic Region, including vice president of center store (grocery, dairy and frozen), retail formats and vice president of professional services.
Lipsky is a veteran of UNFI, formerly SUPERVALU, with more than 32 years of experience. He began his career in retail with GIANT, then moved on to Laneco Supermarkets in 1989. Beginning as a retail store manager, he held roles in corporate retail from district manager, perishable director and director of merchandising. In 2006, he moved into wholesale with SUPERVALU as director of sales and merchandising out of the New Stanton division of the former East Region, then was promoted to the Mechanicsville, Virginia, regional office in the stated leadership positions.
Tullis is Senior Vice President for Utz Quality Foods, where he oversees emerging channels as well as international and private brand sales for the 100-year-old company’s diverse brand portfolio. Today, the snack food company has more than $1 billion in sales. He began his career with Utz in June of 2009 as Vice President of National Brands. The following year, he was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Brands, in which he oversaw all marketing and branding activities, purchased snacks and integrating brands that were acquired during that time. He also oversaw retail, ecommerce and customer care functions.
Prior to joining Utz, he held executive roles with Zizzle Toys and Houston Harvest gift products. He also spent more than 15 years with Walmart and Sam’s Club, where he worked as a buyer in the snack category and rose to the position of director of regional merchandising.
PFMA is grateful for the service of our new and current board members.