Mike Hayes, CEO and Chairman of the Board. After graduation from Washington and Lee University in 1967 and active service with the U.S. Air Force National Guard, he began full time employment with the company in 1969. He was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in 1981. In 1995 he became CEO and Chairman of the Board.
His primary area of responsibility was the operation and direction of the company’s wholesale grocery business, which was one of the 10 largest in the country and one of the top 10 privately held companies in Middle Tennessee. The wholesale grocery business was sold in 2002 to focus on real estate management and development.
He has served as a Director of Food Distributors International, President of the Tennessee Wholesale Grocers Association, Director of the Tennessee Retail Grocer ’s Association, Director of the National American Wholesale Grocer’s Association, Director of Southern Food Dealers and is currently Secretary of Food Marketing Educational Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Nashville Opera Association.