Convenience Distribution Association Names New Top Exec

Bolin has been acting president, CEO since February

Kimberly Bolin

Kimberly Bolin

RESTON, Va. -- The executive committee of the Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) has announced Kimberly Bolin as the group's new president and CEO. Bolin has been acting as the interim president and CEO since Feb. 19.

Bolin is in her seventh year with Reston, Va.-based CDA and was its executive vice president until accepting her new position as president. In that role, she was instrumental in the transformation of the association enacting the agenda put forth by the board in early 2015, beginning with a name change from the American Wholesale Marketers Association to the Convenience Distribution Association.

Bolin is taking over the president's role during a time of change in the industry and the association.

"There is no doubt that Kimberly Bolin is the right person to be president of CDA. She has the strong leadership and management skills we know are necessary to allow CDA to continue to be a leading voice in the convenience distribution industry. She has the passion and vision to carry the association into the future," said CDA chairman Chad Owen, Chambers & Owen, Janesville, Wis.

"We've spent the past year positioning CDA to be able to do more and different things for a smaller and more diverse membership," Bolin said.

While working for CDA, Bolin has been involved in everything from membership, dues restructure, upgrade and integration of technology, development of virtual policy and environment with cloud-based systems, to management of staff, development of state government affairs program, reinvention of the association's annual trade show and rebranding of the association. 

The CDA is the trade organization working on behalf of convenience-store products distributors in the United States. Its distributor members represent more than $92 billion in U.S. convenience product sales, serving a wide variety of small retail formats.