Gary R. Chartrand
Gary Chartrand became executive chairman in January 2009. Gary joined Acosta in 1983 as a business manager and subsequently was promoted to vice president, regional vice president of Florida, President, and in 1996, President/CEO. He became chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer upon the merger of Acosta and PMI-Eisenhart in 1998. Under his leadership, Acosta-PMI joined forces with Kelley-Clarke, Morris-Alper and Luke Soules in 1999 to form the first national sales and marketing agency providing services across all fifty states to consumer packaged goods companies. In 2002 Acosta expanded services into Canada by acquiring four regional sales and marketing firms to form a network across the U.S. and Canada. A winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award, Chartrand was named to the Supermarket News Power 50 list from 2003 to 2009. He continues to serve as Executive Chairman and Chair of the Board of directors. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He and his wife Nancy live in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.