About the Speaker

Gary Chartrand became Executive Chairman in January 2009. He has been the pivotal force behind quadrupling the company's geographic coverage, transforming Acosta into a leading full-service sales and marketing company in the U.S. and Canada. Chartrand joined Acosta inĀ 1983 as a Business Manager and subsequently was promoted to Vice President, Regional Vice President of Florida, President, and in 1996, President/Chief Executive Officer. He became Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer upon the merger of Acosta and PMI-Eisenhart in 1998. Under his leadership, Acosta-PMI joined forces with Kelley-Clarke, Morris-Alper and Luke Soules in 1999. In 2002 Acosta expanded services into Canada by acquiring four regional sales and marketing firms to form a network across the U.S. andĀ Canada. A winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award, Chartrand was named to the Supermarket News Power 50 list from 2003 to 2009.

He serves as a National Vice President for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Chartrand is Past Chairman of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and is on the Board of Directors for the KIPP schools in Jacksonville. In May 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Chartrand to the State Board of Education. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.