About The Illuminators

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 – Tracy Lape, Pete & Gerry’s Organic, LLC

Sidelite – Juan Trillias, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Spotlite – Joe Perez, rePLANET, LLC

Tailite – Andrea Dimond, MeriCal LLC

Advisory Officers – Paul Kamholz, Schoeller Allibert US, Inc.

Mark Olenjik, C&H Sugar/ASR Group

Dave Dimond, Milton’s Baking Company

Historian – Jim Van Gorkom, NuCal Foods

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.

Illuminators Sponsored Events:

Conference Breakfast & Lunch

Monday and Tuesday – September 30 & October 1, 2019

Silent Auction

Available during exhibit hours on the main exhibit floor

Golf Tournament

Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 8:00 am Shotgun Start
Visit our golf page for more details and registration information!

Help “Spread the Lite of Good Fellowship” within the retail food industry.  Visit to learn more about becoming an Illuminators member.