AWG Cares Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

The AWG Cares Advisory Committee is a dedicated group of AWG employees across the organization, each representing an AWG location. The committee meets regularly to discuss ideas, issues and plan local and companywide events to support the company’s philanthropy, including the AWG Cares Annual Day of Service and the Annual Giving Campaign. They are responsible for the review and approval of grant requests submitted by AWG employees. Each committee member leads their local CARE committee that assists with goals, fundraising, and planning events.


Lori Turner

Committee Chair

Melanie Isenmann

Committee Vice Chair

Amanda Miller


Kim Cates

Kansas City

Angela Young


Cynthia Puntney


Bhavna Patel

Great Lakes


Jennifer Rabalais

Gulf Coast

Annissa Hays


Michelle Mason

Oklahoma City

Karen Parson

Mid-South/New Age Logistics
Joe Harris

Joe Harris

Upper Midwest

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    James Neumann

    Senior Vice President, Special Projects
    As the SVP of Special Projects, James works closely with the CEO and Executive Leadership Team on member-facing initiatives to help our members remain relevant and competitive in the markets they serve and specific development projects that ensure sustainable growth, improvement, and optimization for the benefit of our members and our cooperative model.

    Derek Jones

    Executive Vice President, Divisions Operations
    Derek leads all operations functions including divisions, corporate distribution, sales, support, and services. Derek’s direct reports include two executive leadership team members and four Senior Vice Presidents of regional operations.
    Shelly Moore 2023

    Shelly Moore

    Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

    Shelly is responsible for the Information Technology and Security functions supporting AWG and its members. This includes alignment of technology roadmap and strategy to business priorities and ensuring the contracts and services used are reliably integrated, secure and cost controlled. Her direct reports are responsible for Application Service Development & Delivery, Enterprise Data & Analytics and Infrastructure & Security.

    Emile Breaux 2023

    Emile Breaux

    Senior Vice President, Chief Sales & Support Officer

    Emile is responsible for leading Sales & Member Services departments. His direct reports include marketing, advertising, retail business solutions, store engineering, real estate, Design Source Group (DSG), Valu Merchandisers (VMC), Learning & Development, and the Price Cutter Stores program.

    Richard Kearns 2023

    Richard Kearns

    Executive Vice President, Distribution & Logistics

    Richard is responsible for Corporate Distribution which incorporates the research and implementation of new warehousing and transportation concepts, systems and technology in addition to overseeing industrial engineering. Additional responsibilities include Food Safety and Sustainability, Corporate Services (not for resale products, consumables and equipment), and Traffic, Backhaul, Routing and 3rd Party Transportation.

    The new All-in-One Distribution Hub also reports to Richard.

    Gary Koch 2023

    Gary Koch

    Chief Financial Officer

    Gary is responsible for the technology, business development, financial, risk management, payroll, and audit functions within the company, as well as facilitating financial support for members. His direct reports include the SVP, Finance & Treasurer; SVP, Chief Admin Officer; VP, Corporate Controller;  and VP, Tax & Internal Audit.

    Dan Funk 2023

    Dan Funk

    President Elect
    Dan is responsible for leading the company operations, including divisional operations, several corporate support functions including member sales and support, merchandising and procurement, distribution and logistics functions across the company. Dan and his team also lead the operational development of multiple strategic company projects. Dan’s direct reports include two executive leadership team members.
    David Smith 2023

    David Smith

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    David is responsible for leading and managing AWG and its affairs, as well as developing, communicating, and executing the organization’s vision, mission, and purpose. This includes strategies and goals that protect and build the image and culture and ensure AWG’s success. David reports to AWG’s board of directors.