Alec Covington knows how to steer a ship. That is true both literally — he's been an avid boater for years — and figuratively, as he seeks to guide Nash Finch Co. back to calmer seas. Despite some recent turbulence, the chief executive officer of the Minneapolis-based retailer and distributor is keeping the company pointed dead ahead at the bearings he set when he took the helm three years ago next month. “We put a plan in place at the end of 2006, and we have not wavered one inch since ...

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