2010 Founder’s Award Recipient

Mark Wetterau

Chairman and CEO, Golden State Foods

A 30-year food industry veteran, Mark Wetterau has effectively served in a variety of leadership positions including: president and COO of Wetterau Inc., chairman and CEO of Shop ‘n Save, co-founder of Wetterau Associates, LLC, and chairman and CEO of Quality Beverage, among others. In each role, Mr. Wetterau led each organization to significant national growth and success, while maintaining the highest standards and ethical values.

In 1998, Wetterau Associates acquired Golden State Foods (GSF), in partnership with Yucaipa Companies, and Mark became chairman and CEO of GSF. In 2004, Wetterau Associates and GSF management purchased Yucaipa Companies’ share of ownership, and Golden State Foods became a 100 percent management-owned and run company. Under his leadership, GSF has grown from $1.4 billion in annual sales to its current $4 billion and has diversified its customer base and company offerings substantially.

Passionate about community involvement and charitable service, Mark has served on the boards of dozens of nonprofit organizations throughout the country and spearheaded the establishment of the GSF Foundation for kids at Golden State Foods in 2002, of which he currently serves as chairman.