Jerry Garland is at the top of his game, as one independent retailer-AWG member put it. Since he was named president and chief executive officer of Associated Wholesale Grocers in 2009, AWG’s sales have kept hitting new records. “AWG achieved record sales in 2009 of over $7 billion, up 3% over prior year,” Garland told SN. “Operating income was $170 million, up 14%. Total dividends and allowances returned to members was $447 million, up 6.5%.” That ...

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