The Raley’s Companies has promoted Chief Operating Officer Steve Mayer to President of Chandler, Arizona-based Bashas’. As President, Mayer will lead the organization in Arizona and New Mexico, including all storefront and distribution hub operations. He will also head up sales and merchandising. Mayer will continue to report to Keith Knopf, President and CEO of The Raley’s Companies, and will serve on the enterprise team of directors.
“It is an honor to be bestowed with the responsibility of shepherding the legacy of Bashas’ into the future. It is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. Our team members continue to amaze me with their ingenuity, compassion and commitment to serving our guests, supporting each other and our communities. I am grateful for the opportunity and am enthusiastic about what lies ahead for Bashas’ as well as The Raley’s Companies,” Mayer said.
With more than thirty years in grocery retail, Mayer brings a wealth of experience and understanding of merchandising, pricing, store layouts, and marketing. Mayer came to Bashas’ Family of Stores from Schnucks Markets, where he advanced to the role of chief merchant and was a member of the executive planning team after serving as group VP of Produce, Floral and Deli. He also served in advanced leadership roles at Meijer Corporation, Bi-Lo, Ahold USA and Flavor 1st, where he was named the company’s president.
“Under his leadership and direction, Bashas’ continues to build on a strong financial trend and brand evolution while preserving its proud legacy,” Knopf said. “The Bashas’ operating company, including Bashas’, Bashas’ Diné, Food City and AJ’s stores are thriving. We are fortunate to have such a proven and dedicated leader.”
Mayer advances to this new role supported by the Bashas’ executive leadership team, including Johnny Basha, Michael Basha, Ralph Woodward, Ashley Shick and Sabrina Dominquez, along with The Raley’s Companies shared services leaders. Mayer has taught in the role of business professor in both undergraduate and graduate programs at his alma mater, University of Phoenix, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, and a Master of Science in organizational management. Mayer earned a Doctor of Business Administration degree from California Coast University and finished Harvard Business School’s certificate program in 2011.