SOURCE: California Grocers Association

September 09, 2005 14:55 ET

John M. Kennedy Named Project Manager for CGA Government Relations

SACRAMENTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 9, 2005 -- John M. Kennedy has been named Government Relations Project Manager for the California Grocers Association.

"For more than 107 years, it has been CGA's mission to advocate at the state and local level for California's grocery industry," said Peter Larkin, President of the California Grocers Association. "CGA has a long history of effective state and local government relations. The addition of John continues that strong tradition."

Prior to joining CGA, Kennedy served as an Assembly Fellow and was assigned to the Republican Caucus, Office of Policy. In addition, Kennedy is a recent graduate of California State University Bakersfield.

"Because of his experience in the State Capitol, John will hit the ground running for the Association," said Larkin. "His skills involving research, analysis and advocacy -- not to mention his dedication -- will add to CGA's already strong presence in the legislative and regulatory arena."

As Project Manager, Kennedy will be responsible for a number of specific issues such as WIC and environmental issues that impact grocers. He will also provide much-needed research and analysis for a variety of issue-specific projects.

Kennedy joins CGA Local Government Relations team of Gilbert Canizales and Timothy James, and he will work from CGA's Sacramento office. Each team member reports to CGA Vice President of Government Relations, Paul A. Smith.

The California Grocers Association is a non-profit, statewide trade association representing the food industry since 1898. CGA represents approximately 500 retail members operating over 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada, and approximately 200 grocery supplier companies. Retail membership includes chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores and mass merchandisers. The association is recognized as the industry leader in the areas of government and industry relations, public relations, education and communications. CGA maintains its headquarters in Sacramento with a satellite office in Long Beach.

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