Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation

In 1980, the Tennessee Retail Grocers Association (TRGA), now Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association (TGCSA), held a golf tournament in Smyrna as a networking event and raised an $800 profit. The Board of Directors decided to set aside the money to begin a scholarship fund. September 19, 1985, Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation was established for the purpose of providing scholarships and promoting education throughout the food industry in Tennessee.

The association board created the foundation as and continues to be a value-add for TGCSA members. The TGEF Board of Trustees encourage all TGCSA member companies to take advantage of the unique program offered.

TGEF is a 501 (c)(3), a non-profit, tax-exempt organization which supports and provides educational opportunities for the food industry. Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible contributions.

TGEF Board of Trustees

Chairman


Damian Wyatt
MAPCO
Brentwood, TN

Chairman Elect


Emily Blankenship

Chappell's Hometown Foods

Burns, TN

Treasurer


Joe Greene
K-VA-T Food City
Knoxville, TN

Past Chairman


Michael Donkin
Alliance Retail Group
Hendersonville, TN

TGCSA Board Liaison 


Jim Burns
Kroger
Nashville, TN

TGCSA President

Rob Ikard
TGCSA
Nashville, TN

Shane Allison
Pepsi Beverages Company
Cookeville, TN

Melissa Eads
Kroger
Nashville, TN

Cacy Martin
Purity Dairies
Nashville, TN

Shane Means
S&C Foods
Pleasant View, TN

Daryll Martin
Associated Wholesale Grocers
Goodlettsville, TN


Dana Naifeh
Nifeh's Food Markets
Covington, TN










Ryan Reese
Reese Group
Nashville, TN


Dustin Richardson
Frito-Lay
Nashville, TN

J. R. Stepherson
Stepherson's Superlo Foods
Memphis, TN











David Underhill
Acosta Sales & Marketing
Newburgh, IN


Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation (TGEF) was founded in 1985 for the purpose of providing scholarships and promoting education throughout the food industry in Tennessee.

Contact Us:
(615) 889-0136

1838 Elm Hill Pike, Ste 136, Nashville, TN 37210

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