Rick Rodgers has been named chief operating officer of B. Green & Co., the Baltimore based retailer and distributor that operates two supermarkets, two cash and carries and a wholesale redistribution business in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Rodgers is leaving his post as senior VP-operations at Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, the Lanham, MD unit of Supervalu which operates 64 stores in the Baltimore-Washington area. He replaces Steve Mitchell who resigned for personal reasons.
In his new role at B. Green, Rodgers will oversee the company's day-to-day operations. He will report to Benjy Green, CEO, whose family's wholesale lineage dates back to 1915. Green began his career working for his father Bernie Green, ultimately heading the Baltimore wholesaler's business before it was acquired by Richfood (civilian business) and Nash Finch (military business) in 1993.
"We're very excited about having Rick come aboard," said Green. "He brings more than 20 years of local market retailing experience and he has an understanding of ethnic marketing which will be a tremendous asset in helping grow our business."
While maintaining the company's original cash and carry business on South Monroe Street in Baltimore, Green has expanded the entire operation to include two Baltimore City Food Depots - on Belair Road and on Frederick Avenue - an additional cash and carry on Belair Road and a wholesale redistribution business with depots in Baltimore and Richmond.
Rodgers, 45, began his industry career as director of produce merchandising for Basics stores in 1986. In 1990, when the company's name was changed to Metro Food Markets, Rodgers became a store director. He continued to advance with the company, becoming VP-HBC/GM in 1992 and later VP-grocery procurement and VP-merchandising.
In 1998, Rodgers was promoted to senior VP-marketing and merchandising and in 1999, when Richfood combined the Metro operation into Shoppers, he became VP-grocery. In 2002, Rodgers was named senior VP-merchandising. In 2005, he was elevated to senior VP-marketing and merchandising and also held the title of senior VP- alternative formats, spearheading Shoppers' El Primero Mercado project. Most recently he served as senior VP-operations.
"This is a great opportunity for me," said Rodgers. "B. Green is growing and Benjy Green has some great ideas on how to build this very unique business model. This move also allows me and my family to remain in our native Baltimore, something we all consider very important. I want to thank all the people who have helped me throughout my career particularly the last three presidents who I've worked under, John Ryder, Bill White and Dick Bergman."
Rodgers currently lives in Elkridge, MD with his wife Darla and their son, Ryan.