The New Year marks a new path for many, and Raley’s Chief Operations Officer, Kevin Konkel, is no different. Following nearly 45 years of indelible retail service, the industry leader has announced plans to retire, effective January 7, 2022.
Kevin Konkel started his career with the Bel Air organization in 1978 as a bagger working with his father, Richard “Rich” Konkel, according to a press release. Progressing through the ranks, the industry leader joined the Raley’s team upon the acquisition of Bel Air Markets in 1993.
His talent and leadership were quickly noticed, allowing him to advance through the larger Raley’s organization from roles in-store to becoming a district leader to leading the remote market in New Mexico, and finally the Support Center.
Kevin Konkel held critical senior roles in sales and merchandising, store operations, and marketing before advancing to his current role as Chief Operations Officer.
“I’ve watched Kevin grow from a fine young man to an outstanding person and leader,” said Mike Teel, Owner and Chairman. “His contribution and impact on Raley’s are indelible. Kevin is a man of integrity, kindness, and fortitude. I am forever grateful for his dedication to Raley’s and the people he has helped over these many years.”
Keith Knopf, President and Chief Executive Officer, also commented on the leader’s upcoming retirement.
“Kevin is the epitome of a ‘service leader.’ His knowledge, professionalism, and leadership have been a source of stability and inspiration. Kevin is far more than just a business leader; he is a kind and thoughtful person who treats all people with respect and grace. He has been a source of trust and hope for the people of Raley’s,” said Knopf. “After 44 years, he is leaving our organization an even stronger and better place than it would have been otherwise. On behalf of our Owner, Board of Directors, executive leadership team, and myself, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for Kevin’s leadership and contribution. We wish him, Lynette, and their family the very best in this next chapter.”
Congratulations to the distinguished retail ace on his retirement!