O’Brien reveals plans to retire from Schnuck Markets - The Packer

O’Brien reveals plans to retire from Schnuck Markets

08/01/2014 09:57:00 AM
Tom Karst

O'BrienAfter a distinguished 42-year career at Schnuck Markets Inc., Mike O’Brien is soon retiring and appears ready to take on another challenge in the fresh produce industry.

O’Brien, vice president of produce and floral for the Maryland Heights, Mo.-based chain, said July 31 that he will work at his post through the end of October and then consider his options.

O’Brien said he loved his years at Schnuck Markets, which began when he was hired as a bagger during his college years in 1972. He was promoted to store manager in 1983 and division manager in 1990, and accepted his current position in 2001.

“I’ve been at Schnucks for a good long time,” he said. “It is time to spread my wings and do something else.”

The Packer named O’Brien its 2009 Marketer of the Year; O’Brien also was named Produce Merchandising magazine’s Retailer of the Year in 2004.

He served as chairman of the board of directors of the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association in 2010-11, and served as chairman of the Produce for Better Health Foundation in 2007. O’Brien was co-chairman of the joint task force leading PMA’s and United Fresh Produce Association’s merger discussions. Those talks concluded without an agreement in July 2012.

In the fall of 2012, O’Brien was presented with the first-ever Robert L. Carey Leadership Award by PMA.

O’Brien received his bachelor’s in business administration from Lindenwood College and his M.B.A. from St. Louis University

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Joanie Taylor    
St. Louis, MO  |  August, 02, 2014 at 07:41 AM

What a privilege I've had to be able to work with Mike in just about every role he's brilliantly played at Schnucks! He's an award- winning professional but even more importantly, he is a gentleman of tremendous integrity and a friend with a sincere and caring heart. Mike, I salute you, I thank you, and I wish you all the best the world has to offer because YOU give all your best to the world!

Roger Pepperl    
Wenatchee  |  August, 04, 2014 at 01:25 PM

Mike, what a great career at Schnucks! They are going to miss you but thanks to your leadership, Schnucks will have a great foundation that will endure. We wish congratulations from your friends at Stemilt!

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