October 20, 2023
During the Certco, Inc. Board of Directors meeting earlier this month, David Ryman, Executive Vice President advised the Board of his planned retirement in September of 2024. Ryman has been in the grocery industry for the past 47 years, and with Certco since 2001.
President Niemetscheck said, “Dave has been an amazing leader and championed Certco adapting as our retailers’ challenges evolved during his tenure with Certco. In addition, Dave has been a great co-worker and friend to many. Several transitions will happen over the next several months to ensure Dave’s knowledge is passed to others and allow Certco to continue the superior customer service he has been part of.” Ryman oversees the alignment of Certco’s sales, marketing, category management and procurement departments, along with other duties.
The first transition was effective on October 15, 2023. Certco is pleased to announce the promotion of Paul Frey to Vice President of Sales & Business Development. Paul Frey has been with Certco since 2017 in the role of Business Development and Store Planning Manager. Prior to joining Certco, Paul Frey has over 35 years of grocery experience at retail and wholesale. President Niemetscheck said, “Not only has Paul recruited many new stores to join the Certco family, but he has also been sought after by existing stores for his expertise in store operations, financials, and other topics. He has built strong relationships with our retailer community and has demonstrated his willingness to work with internal departments of category management and marketing to deliver best in class programs that work for the retailers we are servicing.” Certco will be backfilling the Business Development Manager role soon.
Further staff alignment changes are anticipated over the next several months as Certco continues the succession planning process, along with a Fall 2024 announcement of the succeeding Executive Vice President. In closing comments regarding Ryman’s retirement announcement, Niemetscheck said, “He’s not gone yet, however, knowing how fast time goes, we know his final eleven months will go by in a hurry. Congratulations to you, Dave!”