David Hepfinger has left his post as president and CEO of Weis Markets to pursue other interests. He has also resigned from Weis’ Board of Directors. Jonathan Weis, vice chairman, will assume the additional role of CEO on an interim basis. Weis will also oversee the real estate/store development, finance and human resources teams for the Sunbury, PA-based regional chain. His father, Robert Weis, will remain chairman. “We thank Dave for his service and contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Jonathan Weis. Until the reorganization is complete, Kurt Schertle, executive VP of sales and merchandising, will supervise store operations and its operations support team.
Hepfinger joined Weis Markets as president and chief operating officer (COO) in March 2008. He added the duties of chief executive officer in 2009, replacing the retiring Norm Rich. Hepfinger began his career at Price Chopper, based in Rotterdam, NY, starting as a night dairy clerk while in high school. Earlier in his 32-year career with Price Chopper, he worked as a department head, store manager and district manager before entering senior management. He subsequently served as the company’s vice president of merchandising, vice president of retailing operations and regional vice president.
Schertle joined Weis as vice president of sales and merchandising in 2009. He was made an executive VP in July 2012. He has more than 20 years of food retailing experience, including with Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, where he last worked as a senior vice president of marketing and merchandising. Schertle began his career with Basics Food Stores, working at store level before being promoted to store manager. Schertle moved up through the company, which eventually became Metro Food Markets, holding positions such has pricing director, director of GM/HBC, grocery director and vice president of grocery. When Metro was consolidated into the Shoppers organization, he served as grocery director of the combined organization before being promoted to vice president of grocery. He left the supermarket industry for a brief stint in another retail business before taking the position at Weis Markets.