Food Industry Management Program: Alumni 


FIM Class of 2013


The Food Industry Management Program at USC is designed exclusively for high-potential individuals of proven ability. The Western States Chain Grocers Association (WSCGA) established the “Food Distribution Program” at USC in 1959. Since founding the program the WSCGA has since changed their name to the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) and has continued to support the Food Industry Management program with scholarships in excess of $21,000,000. The program has seen over 1700 students enter, and graduate as a part of a movement towards growing the food industry and making it a better place in which to work.


Current Newsletter:

View the Alumni & Marshall Partners Events Calendar for all of our upcoming events.


    • January 17th: New Class Orientation
    • February 19th: Donor Lunch
    • March: Neighborhood Alliance Program
    • March 17-21st: 4-Day Food Industry Executive Program (FIEP)
    • April 30th: Graduation
    • September 9-11th: 4-Day Food Industry Executive Program (FIEP)
    • FIM Class Of 1978 - 35th Reunion


FIM 2014 Executive of the Year


Each year the USC Marshall School of Business selects a FIM alumni as the program’s Executive of the Year, a food industry executive who has shown extraordinary leadership while producing exceptional business results.  

FIEP 2014 Executive in Residence


The Food Industry Executive Program at USC’s Marshall School of Business selects an annual Food Industry Executive in Residence,  an executive who has undergone a stellar success-story after completing the program. 

Bob Hermanns, Director of Food Industry Management Programs

Bob Hermanns FIM

Robert P. Hermanns is the Director of Food Industry Management Programs at USC. He received his bachelor's degree in Food Marketing from Western Michigan University and his MBA from Marshall School of Business at USC.

He was President & Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Associated Grocers, Inc. in Seattle, from 2002 through 2005. Prior to joining Associated Grocers, Inc., he was Chief Operating Officer of Weis Markets. Hermanns had a 30-year career with American Stores Company, an $18 billion food and drug retailer, where he held a number of executive management positions, including Chief Operating Officer for Procurement and Logistics. Hermanns began his career with Jewel Food Stores, serving in a variety of management positions from store manager to grocery merchandising manager. Hermanns served on the Board of Directors of Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Board of Directors of the Western Association of Food Chains and the Board of Directors of Western Family Foods.

USC Marshall School of Business FIM Contact:

Bob Hermanns, Director Food Industry Programs

3660 Trousdale Pkwy ACC 216 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0442

T: 213.740.585 


Advisory Board:

      • Jaime Leal
      • Frank Mota
      • Pablo Miramontes


Western Association of Food Chains*

*All tuition for FIM paid for by scholarships from WAFC 


The Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) is a non-profit organization comprised of senior executives from major food retail and wholesale companies in 14 western states, whose sole mission is to provide advanced education for food industry employees. Founded by Los Angeles area retailers in 1921, WAFC has partnered with the University of Southern California on the Food Industry Management (FIM) Program since 1958. 

Through the generous donations of supplier companies and individuals, WAFC established and has provided a world class educational program with scholarships for the food industry's future leaders. The partnership between WAFC and USC has produced some of the top executives in the industry including: Karl Schroeder, President, Safeway Northern California Division; Mike Provenzano, President and CEO Pro's Ranch Markets; Sue Klug, President Albertsons Southern California Division; Jim Lee, President Stater Bros. Markets; and Kevin Davis, CEO, President & Chairman Bristol Farms.

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