By Richard Turcsik TALK
Former Kroger official Brendon J. Cull has been named
senior vice president and COO of the Cincinnati
USA Regional Chamber, the chamber of commerce representing 4,000 businesses in the greater
Cincinnati area. Reporting to Jill Meyer, Cull will
oversee operations and strategic initiatives aimed at
growing the vibrancy and economic prosperity of
the Cincinnati region.
Since 2006, Cull had been responsible for
coordinating Kroger’s federal and state gov-
ernment relations and advocacy efforts,
committees of the Food Marketing Institute and the National
“Brendon’s advocacy work and experience in both the public
and private sectors is invaluable,” says Meyer. “He individually
personifies everything the Chamber is aimed at accomplishing for
the region: he arrived in Cincinnati for college, saw the opportuni-
ties here, and stayed to make a difference, first with local govern-
ment and then with [Kroger] Cincinnati’s largest employer and
one of the nation’s largest retailers.”
According to Jessica Adelman, group vice president of corpo-
rate affairs at Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co., “Brendon’s con-
tribution to Kroger has helped us grow. We appreciate Brendon’s
many contributions to Kroger and—while he will be missed—his
passion for the city is inspiring. The Kroger team looks forward
to our ongoing partnership as we all work together to better the
entire Cincinnati region.”
O’Fallon, Mo. resident Aaron Lane has been
selected as the grand prize winner of the
Shop ‘n Save Jingle Contest.
As part of the contest, Shop ‘n Save
invited participants to submit a video featuring their own rendition of the Shop n’
Save jingle, “The more you shop, the more
you save at Shop ‘n Save.” Videos were
judged on creative and skillful musical interpretation of the jingle, originality and overall artistic impression and skill, as well as
audience appeal and entertainment value.
“Aaron’s video stood out for its talent
and creativity,” says Chad Ferguson, interim
president of Shop ‘n Save, based in St. Louis.
“It’s clear he enjoys making music and shar-
ing his gift with others.”
Lane was born with a genetic eye con-
dition called Stargardt’s disease, which
caused him to lose his vision. In his spare
time, Lane writes music and performs with
his uncle in a band called Ozark Festival.
Lane’s version of the Shop ‘n Save jingle
features him on an acoustic guitar singing a
country rendition of the song.
As the winner of the contest, Lane
received a $1,000 Shop ‘n Save gift card and
bragging rights. His version of the jingle
also was featured in a local radio spot, and
he headlined an event at a Shop ‘n Save
store where he received his prize, per-
formed his jingle live and led a sing-along.