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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Oliver’s Market CEO Tom Scott Retiring

Oliver’s Market CEO Tom Scott Retiring

Company Founder Steve Maass announces new leadership team

August 4, 2016 Santa Rosa, CA – Sonoma County grocer Oliver’s Market CEO Tom Scott will retire September 1, ending a 26 year career with the company.

Scott joined Oliver’s Market in 1990, just two years after the first store opened in Cotati with 13 employees. He played a key role in guiding and building the company to four stores and 1,000 employees, culminating in the recent opening of Oliver’s Market in Windsor. His passion for local products and the importance of shopping locally has earned kudos for Oliver’s as one of the most successful retailers of locally made products. During his tenure, the company has earned local and national recognition as a favorite locally owned and operated progressive cross-over retailer and supporter of local business. He has also served on many local non-profit boards in the community, including Community First Credit Union, Santa Rosa Community Health Center and the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

Scott is leaving Oliver’s to pursue other interests, but will continue to be involved in the company. “I have worked in the grocery business in one way or another for over 40 years,” Tom explains. “My wife and I want to travel and have flexibility at this point in our lives. I am ready for the next chapter.”

“We have worked side by side for 26 years,” Oliver’s Market Owner and President Steve Maass said. “I have relied on Tom’s guidance and leadership through all of our challenges and triumphs. He has also been an excellent ambassador for Oliver’s in the community. He will be greatly missed.”

New Oliver’s Leadership Team

Oliver’s Market owner Steve Maass will be returning to day-to-day operations as CEO in September, with plans to reduce layers of management going forward. Stony Point Store Director Eric Meuse and Windsor Store Director Scott Gross have been tapped to oversee day-to-day management of respective areas of the company at a new level, with more details to come in coming months.

“I will be counting on our internal leadership to help me with the day-to-day operations and increase their role in management and decision making,” Maass said. “Tom and I have built a great team of people over the years, and as we enter this new phase for Oliver’s, many of them will be stepping up to embrace new responsibilities in the company.”

About Oliver’s Market

Established in 1988, Oliver’s Market is a locally owned and operated grocer serving Sonoma County, California from four locations in Santa Rosa (2), Cotati and Windsor. Oliver's Markets strive to offer customers the finest selection of natural, conventional, and specialty products. This mission begins with a commitment to support the community through hundreds of local partners including farmers and producers of food, beverage, and wellness products. Oliver’s carries over 6,000 locally produced products, which account for 26% of sales annually. A member of the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative, Oliver’s received “Green Business Certification” from the Sonoma County Green Business Program (2011) and a “Best Practice Award” from the Business Environment Alliance (2007). It was named “Best Grocery Store” by the North Bay Bohemian (2000-2015) and won the “Outstanding Retailers Award” in 2005 and 2013 by the Specialty Food Association. In 2015 and 2016 Oliver’s was chosen for “Best Local Produce” in the Press Democrat’s “Best of Sonoma County” awards program. Learn more at www.oliversmarket.com.

Contact:

Sara Cummings
Director of Communications, Oliver’s Market
707/284-2017 x1 or 707/888-6150
Sara@oliversmarket.com

 


Where "Local" Means Sonoma County

To us Local means Sonoma County -- period. Not Marin, not Napa, and definitely not the state of California, as some of our competitors define it.

From the day we opened our doors in 1988, we’ve built our business on the simple premise that the best food and wine in the world are produced here, in Sonoma County. We didn’t feel like we were pioneers at the time, but as people have come to understand and embrace the value of locally grown and made food and the value of shopping locally, we realize we were part of the early days of the movement.

As a Sonoma County business, we’ve built enduring relationships with local growers, makers, and manufacturers, because they make the foods and wines we love. Many of them were getting started when we were. Now they are nationally known, but for us, they are still old friends who often delivered products to our Cotati store in their cars back in the late 1980s.

Along with local products being excellent choices for taste and quality reasons, buying locally also improves our local economy. The dollars you spend at local retailers buying local products support other local businesses and our tax base, too!

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