AFS Former CEO Receives Service Award Posthumously

The Food Industry Association honored its 2023 Executive Leadership Awards recipients last month. Among the seven honorees was former Associated Food Stores CEO Bob Obray, who died in August of a rare neurological disease. Those awarded, “have exemplified food industry excellence through first-rate company leadership, community impact and customer service,” according to Arlington, Virginia-based FMI.

“The recipients of the 2023 Executive Leadership Awards constitute a masterclass in food industry leadership,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, President and CEO of FMI. “Their time-tested skills and cultivated expertise promoted food industry growth and gracefully elevated the industry’s profile, even when faced with the toughest economic environment in 40 years.” 

Obray was posthumously recognized by FMI with the Herbert Hoover Award for Humanitarian Service. Other award recipients were Rick Brindle, Elizabeth Chace-Marino, Ron Edenfield, Art Potash Gordon Reid and Joe Sheridan.