For immediate release: January 3, 2020
For more information: Eric B. White, Director of Marketing
Redner’s Announces Leadership Promotions & Retirements
Reading, Pa. – Redner’s Markets, Inc. has announced the recent promotion of 15 members, along with the retirement of three, within the company’s leadership team. Along with the promotions, they have also announced the retirement of vice president of grocery operations, Frank Fiore (25 years), director of construction Mark Hallacher (30 years) and Director of Maintenance Barry Greenland (18 years).
William C. Wallace, has been named Vice President of Grocery Operations. Wallace will be responsible will be responsible for implementing inventory controls, establishing and meeting budgeted goals within each of the listed departments. He will also be responsible for monitoring the quality control of all grocery products distributed through Redner’s distribution center and secondary suppliers. Wallace joined the company in 1991 and has served in previous roles as store director, produce operations supervisor and district manager. He is a resident of Amity Township (Berks Co.), a graduate CHI Institute.
Richard Rabenold, CPA, MBA has been named Vice President of Finance. Rabenold will leading a team directing the financial operations to ensure timely and accurate reporting, investigate any significant deviation from plans and recommend appropriate remedial action. He will provide tax planning for federal and state income taxes with the assistance of external auditors and be responsible for the FP&A, forecasting, re-forecasting and long-range financial business strategy. Rabenold joined the company in 1994 and has served in previous roles as store director & corporate controller. He is a resident of Andres township (Schuylkill Co.) and received undergrad & graduate degrees from DeSales University.
Alexis Foreman has been named Director of Employee Relations & Assistant VP of HR. Foreman will serve as a primary liaison to the HR team working to maintain positive & constructive employee relations for Redner’s 5,000+ associates. She also has responsibility for the corporate health/wellness. Foreman joined the company in 1997 and has served in previous roles as assistant director of training/education, regional recruiting manager and health & wellness coordinator. She is a resident of Wernersville Borough (Berks Co.) and a graduate of the University of Delaware.
Charles Link IV has been named Director of Produce Operations. Link will manage oversight of all produce merchandising, departmental management and work with the procurement team to set pricing for the chain’s produce department. He will be responsible for overall store merchandising plans and execution of the department through a team of regional supervisors. Link joined the company in 1999 and has served in previous roles as 3rd shift in-charge, both assistant & store director roles and transitioned to a regional produce supervisor. He is a resident of New Providence Twp. (Lancaster Co.) and a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School.
David Morta has been named Director of Transportation. Morta will oversee all of Redner’s transportation fleet operations, scheduling and driver scheduling for Redner’s grocery & convenience store divisions. Morta will work with the director of warehouse operations to ensure that store scheduling is accurately planned to coordinate efficient delivery routing and driver management. Morta joined the company in 2002 and has served in previous roles as a warehouse product selector and perishable logistics manager while working within the industry for many previous years with other regional grocery warehouse operations. He is a resident of Douglass Twp. (Berks Co.) and a graduate of North East Catholic High School.
John Gallagher has been named District Manager for Delaware & Maryland. Gallagher will have direct operational oversight in ensuring stores meet sales projections, their inventory controls and establishing & meeting of budgeted goals for the grocery department for ten stores. Gallagher joined the company in 2007 and has served in previous roles as assistant director & store director with Redner’s while having many years of industry experience with other grocers. He is a resident of Joppatowne borough (Harford Co. Md.) and a graduate of Perry Hall High School.
Katelyn Kehoe has been named Director of Deli Operations. Kehoe’s duties will include setting retail pricing on all deli department products, as well as, oversight for deli sales, labor, inventory controls and execution at store level. Kehoe will manager a team of regional deli supervisors responsible for specific districts. Kehoe joined the company in 2006 and has served in previous roles as deli department manager & regional deli supervisor. She is a resident of Exeter Township (Berks Co.) and a graduate of Kutztown University.
Lawrence Kehoe has been named Director of Non-Food/HBA Operations. Kehoe will have oversight of all purchasing & pricing structures for the chain’s non-food/health & beauty aid departments. He will be responsible for setting retail products, overall store merchandising plans and direct management of HBA regional supervisors. Kehoe joined the company in 2000 and has served in previous roles as store director, produce, regional produce supervisor while working within the industry for many previous years in store operations. He is a resident of Alsace Township (Berks Co.) and attended University of Maryland.
Randal Kostelac has been named Director of Corporate Training & Education. Kostelac will serve as a primary lead for the HR team working to recruit new associates and provide continuing education and support for existing team members. He also has responsibility for the management and staffing of all new store projects. Foreman joined the company in 1999 and has served in previous roles as a regional recruiting manager. He is a resident of Lower Heidelberg township (Berks Co.) and a graduate of Lebanon Valley College.
Rick Merkel has been named Director of Meat Operations. Merkel will manage oversight of all merchandising, departmental management and work with the meat/seafood procurement team to set pricing within the meat/seafood department. He will be responsible for overall store merchandising plans and execution of the department through a team of regional supervisors. Merkel joined the company in 1976 and has served as meat cutter, meat manager & transitioned to a regional meat/deli supervisor and senior meat merchandiser. He is a resident of North Heidelberg Twp. (Berks Co.) and a graduate of Daniel Boone HS.
Rick Strunk has been named Director of Warehouse Operations. In this role, Strunk will oversee all of Redner’s warehouse & distribution operations. This includes oversight and scheduling of the product selectors, warehouse safety programs and implementations. Strunk will work with the director of transportation to ensure that store scheduling is accurately planned to coordinate efficient product picking, staging and fulfillment to meet the needs of the transportation team. Strunk joined the company in 1892 and has served as a store produce management roles, warehouse manager & supervisor. He is a resident of Shillington Borough (Berks Co.) and a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School.
Robert Vitabile has been named Maintenance Supervisor. Vitabile will provide direction pertaining to all warehouse market, quick shoppe and corporate warehouse maintenance matters. Such management will include meeting budgeted goals and working to efficient strategies for all facilities. Vitabile will manager a team of regional maintenance technicians, as well as, working with the director of store planning on large scale products. Vitabile joined Redner’s in 1993 and has served in a number of positions as grocery, assistance and store director. He is a resident of Douglass Township and a graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School.
Scott Rigdon has been named Staff Counsel – Workers’ Compensation. Rigdon, in this role, will manager all worker’s compensation litigation, claims including, but not limited, to settlements analysis, claim processing, coordination of worker rehab services, light duty programs. Rigdon will work with the director of risk management in working to reduce claim loss through accident investigation and workplace safety program implementation. Prior to joining Redner’s, Rigdon has served in a variety of positions ranging from assistance district attorney, criminal defense, personal defense and as special deputy prosecutor. Rigdon is a resident of Sinking Spring Borough (Berks Co.) and graduated from the University of Indiana and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Stephanie Speirs, MBA has been named staff accountant. Speirs will have oversight of maintaining financial records and reports, performing account reconciliations, assisting with budget processes, conducting internal audits, and maintaining accounts payable documentation. Speirs will work with the vice president of finance in the oversight and operational flow of the accounts receivable and payables department. Speirs joined Redner’s in 2002 and worked in a variety of positions from cashier & bookkeeper moving to the corporate office to work within accounts receivable. She resides in Womelsdorf Borough (Berks Co.) and received undergrad & graduate degrees from Alvernia University.
Steve Moatz has been named Director of Store Planning. Moatz will provide direction pertaining to all warehouse market, quick shoppe and corporate construction projects. He will have oversight of the bidding, contractor negotiations in order to assure the delivery of all projects within their scoped timeline. Moatz will manage the Redner construction team and work with the maintenance team on all large-scale products. Moatz joined the Redner team in 2008 as regional maintenance technician overseeing Redner’s southern district of stores. He is a resident of Maidencreek township and a graduate of Penn State University.
Redner’s Markets, Inc., an employee owned company, currently operates 44 Grocery Stores and 21 Quick Shoppes throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Our mission is to create rewarding experiences by being a great place to shop and work!