Lowe’s, USO host Fourth of July grill-off for troops
WASHINGTON — Lowe’s and the USO treated hundreds of servicemen and women and their families to an all-American event headlined by a charity grill-off at Nationals Park to thank the U.S. armed forces and celebrate the Fourth of July.
Active-duty troops from each branch of the armed services grilled up burgers for the grilling competition.
The winning Grill Sergeant, Lance Cpl. Noah Bratcher of the U.S. Marines and his wife, Cassandra, created the best burger among six branch chefs who fired up their Master Forge grills. The Marines won bragging rights, and Lowe’s donated $100,000 to the USO on its behalf.
Chefs from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy were given 40 minutes to turn a recipe with surprise ingredients into a burger worth saluting.
Celebrities Carson Daly and Brooklyn Decker attended the event in support of the troops and served as judges alongside Elaine Rodgers — president and CEO, USO of Metropolitan Washington — and Tom Lamb — Lowe’s CMO. Each team won gift cards and a grilling prize package for participating in the event.
Invited guests at the Grill of Honor event cheered on their favorite military branch. Military families participated in free activities, including movie-themed Build & Grow clinics, face painting, cornhole tournaments, behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark and a picnic-style cookout.
“Today, Lowe’s gave military families a chance to have a great time,” said USO president and CEO Sloan Gibson. “Their generous donation also makes it possible for the USO to continue providing important programs and services to those who need us most. On this Fourth of July, we are grateful to Lowe’s for joining us as we show our troops that their service and sacrifice are appreciated.”
Lowe’s support of the U.S. armed forces spans more than 60 years. Founded in 1946 by World War II Army veteran Carl Buchan, Lowe’s describes itself as a proud military-friendly employer and a longtime supporter of the USO. The company employs more than 16,000 military veterans.
The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Its programs and services are made possible by the support of American people, its corporate partners and its volunteers and staff.
GNC beefs up board with former PetSmart and Midas muscle
PITTSBURGH — GNC Holdings has elected former PetSmart CEO Robert Moran and former Midas CEO Alan Feldman to its board of directors.
"We are pleased to welcome Messrs. Moran and Feldman to the GNC board," stated Joseph Fortunato, GNC chairman, president and CEO. "Their extensive experience leading global consumer brands and retail operations, both domestically and overseas, and past experience as CEOs of retail businesses should add significant strength to our board as we execute our future strategies."
Moran, who has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience both domestically and internationally, most recently served as chairman and CEO of PetSmart from February 2012 to June 2013. Prior to being appointed chairman, Moran was PetSmart’s president and CEO from June 2009 to January 2012 and its president and COO from December 2001 to June 2009. Before joining PetSmart in 1999, Moran was president of Toys "R" Us Canada, following various executive positions with Sears, Roebuck & Co., including as president and CEO of Sears de Mexico, and Galerias Preciados, a Spanish retailer. Moran also currently serves on the board of directors of the USA Track & Field Foundation.
Feldman, who has experience in the franchising industry, retail sales, corporate finance and accounting, and strategic planning, most recently served as chairman, president and CEO of Midas from May 2006 until its merger with TBC Corporation in May 2012 and as its president and CEO from January 2003 until May 2006. From 1994 through 2002, Feldman held senior management posts at McDonald’s Corporation and, prior to that, with the Pizza Hut and Frito-Lay units of Pepsico. Feldman also currently serves on the board of directors of Foot Locker and of John Bean Technologies Corporation.