UM Gilkey Lecture to Feature Supermarket Chain CEO

April 12, 2017

MISSOULA – The 2017 installment of the Gilkey Executive Lecture Series at the University of Montana will feature Tres Lund, the chairman, president and CEO of Lund Food Holdings Inc., the parent company of Lunds & Byerlys supermarkets.

Lund, a UM alumnus, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Gallagher Business Building Room 106. His talk, “Growing and Developing a Multigenerational Family Business,” will explore the success of the Lunds & Byerlys grocery chain and building a family business with a focus on community.

The Gilkey Lecture is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1939, Lund Food Holdings owns and operates 26 Lunds & Byerlys stores within the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The retail grocery stores are supported by two company-owned food manufacturing facilities, as well as a produce distribution center.

Throughout its storied history, Lunds & Byerlys has taken an active role in strengthening the communities it serves through strong job creation, deep customer relationships and charitable giving focused on enriching neighborhoods beyond employment opportunities and the business presence. The Russell T. Lund Scholarship Program, named in honor of the company’s founder, was established in 1997 and has awarded scholarships and tuition reimbursement to deserving students and community members ever since.

Tres Lund has extended this community-centric value beyond the company to his own personal and professional pursuits, serving on numerous national and local boards, including the Food Marketing Institute and the Minnesota Grocers Association.

Lund began his longstanding career with the family company in 1978 as a part-time carry-out clerk. After venturing to Montana to attend UM’s School of Business, he joined the family business full-time in 1985.

For three years, he trained and worked in a variety of roles throughout the company. In 1987, he was promoted to vice president of retail operations. Then in 1991, he was named president and chief executive officer of Lunds Inc., which at the time was composed of eight Lunds stores. Following the successful acquisition of the 11-store supermarket chain Byerly’s Inc. in 1997, Lund was named president and CEO of Lund Food Holdings Inc.

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