Kertis named St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance president

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance has announced that former US Foodservice Phoenix Area President Tom Kertis will become president and CEO of the organization effective yesterday, Monday Aug. 22, 2016.

Tom Kertis

Tom Kertis

Mr. Kertis has a long and distinguished career in the food service industry, most recently serving as the Phoenix area and division president for US Foods since 2003, according to a press release.

St. Mary’s Board of Directors Chairman John Demetra said Mr. Kertis’ 36 years of food sales and management experience and his familiarity with the Arizona market and St. Mary’s mission makes him uniquely qualified to lead one of the world’s largest food banks into its next chapter.

“We had some extraordinary candidates show interest in this position. But it was clear that Tom’s knowledge, experience and commitment to steering and growing the food bank separated him from the field,” Mr. Demetra said in a prepared statement.

“After an in-depth, nationwide search, there was no doubt that Tom has the combination of skills, talent and vision to lead St. Mary’s into its 50th anniversary in 2017 and beyond.”

Mr. Kertis holds a masters of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Food Bank’s Board of Directors in 2013.

“I’m honored to accept the position,” Mr. Kertis said in the release. “As the need for emergency food has grown in our state, St. Mary’s has grown to meet that need and it is my goal to accelerate that growth to feed Arizona’s hungry.”

One in five Arizonans, more than one in three children, and one in seven seniors live in poverty. St. Mary’s continues to meet that need, distributing enough food for 250,000 meals a day, while striving unearth new and consistent sources of healthy food to keep pace with the demand.

“More than 400,000 Arizona children face food insecurity each day. Our goal at St. Mary’s is to reach as many of those kids and their families as possible,” Mr. Kertis said.

“We will strive to work closely with our more than 470 agency partners across the state to strengthen relationships and work together to provide what is needed to fight hunger on the front lines.”

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