Grocers' association picks new prez from secretary of state’s office

Coming off this year’s legislative victory of the wine-in-grocery stores bill becoming law, the state’s grocers have hired their next president — an assistant director from the Secretary of State’s office.

The Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association has appointed Rob Ikard president and CEO of the organization. Up until this month, Ikard was assistant director of the Secretary of State’s business services division handling corporate records.

Going forward, the association wants to see voters support putting a referendum on the November ballot to approve wine sales in grocery and convenience stores, although the TGCSA's coalition known as "Red, White and Food" is setting up an independent nonprofit to organize that effort.

Ikard replaces Jarron Springer who left the TGCSA in January 2014. Springer was active on the Hill in 2013 pushing for the long sought after bill to allow grocers and convenience stores to sell wine, but left the organization shortly before this year’s legislative session.