The Illuminators

Who We Are

The Illuminators is an organization of vendors and suppliers dedicated to developing and enhancing key relationships within the grocery industry, providing opportunities for education and leadership, and supporting the Illuminators Educational Foundation.

In September 1928, just prior to the annual convention of the California Retail Grocers and Merchants Association, a group of allied tradesmen gathered to consider a plan for improving methods of entertaining at grocery meetings. This plan met with unanimous approval, and during that same month The Illuminators came into being.

From the start, the roster of membership has been a “Who’s Who” of the leaders in the food industry. There were 51 members the first year, who pioneered the infancy of the organization. One of the principal responsibilities has been to provide fun and relaxation at the annual gathering of grocers.


Headlite – Dave Dimond, Milton’s Baking Company

Sidelite – Mark Olejnik, C & H Sugar Company/ASR Group

Spotlite – Paul Kamholz, Baswood Corporation

Tailite – Tracy Lape, NuCal Foods

Advisory Officers

Jim French, Co-Sales Northern California

Willie Crocker, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Ed Hepler, Snack Factory Inc.

Historian – Bruce Wyatt, Flowers Baking

Many thanks to The Illuminators for their continued, generous support of the CGA Strategic Conference and for providing the outstanding meal functions and enhancing the conference social events.

Illuminator Sponsored Events:

Conference Breakfast & Lunch

Monday and Tuesday – September 26 & 27, 2016

Silent Auction

Available during regular exhibit hours on the main exhibit floor

Golf Tournament

Sunday, September 25, 2016 –  8:00 am Shotgun Start

Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage CA

To sign up, click here   

Join us and help “Spread the Lite of Good Fellowship” within the retail food industry.  Visit to learn more about becoming an Illuminator member.