Jeffrey R. Smith, former president and chief operating officer of Smith's Management Corp. and Smith's Food King Properties Inc., has been elected chairman and chief executive officer in a recent top management change of both companies.
Smith replaces Allen P. Martindale, 57, who announced his retirement after serving four years as chief executive following the death of Smith's corporation founder D. Glen Smith. Martindale will continue as a board member.Richie Smith was elected president and chief operating officer and Robert Bolinder was elected chief financial officer.
Both Jeff and Richie are sons of the late D. Glen Smith, who founded the supermarket chain which now has 97 stores in eight western states.
Jeff, 38, has been president and chief operations officer since 1985. He started in the grocery business as a box boy in high school and continued part-time in various departments while attending Utah State University. He became a store manager in Logan at the age of 21 and served in various district and regional management positions before moving into the corporate offices in 1982 as an executive vice president.
Richie, 34, was named executive vice president in 1985 and has more than 20 years experience in the food industry, serving from box boy to assistant and district manager.
Bolinder is also president of his own management consulting firm in Boise and was vice chairman and chief financial officer of Albertson's Inc. for 20 years. He has been a director for Smith's since 1985.
Before joining Smith's in 1970, Martindale was president and chief operating officer of Arden-Mayfair Inc., and was formerly associated with the national accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand.