Robert Mariano, chairman, president and CEO of Roundy’s, Inc.,
will deliver the graduation address and receive an honorary degree at the Driehaus
College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business Commencement on June
15. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Ill.
native of Chicago’s South Side, Mariano has led a prolific career in the retail
grocery industry. Starting as a part-time deli clerk, he rose to the top
leadership role at Roundy’s Inc., one of the fastest-growing grocery chains in
Based in Milwaukee, Roundy’s is a parent company to the
grocery store chains Pick ‘N Save, Copps, Metro Market and Rainbow. Mariano
created Roundy’s newest entry into the grocery market, Mariano’s Fresh Market
stores, in 2010 with a vision of the chain becoming the Nordstorm of the
grocery store business. What began with a single Mariano's location in Arlington Heights,
Ill., will expand to 29 stores in the Chicago area by the
end of this year.
Mariano is also active in
philanthropy, establishing the Roundy’s Foundation in 2003 to strengthen ties
between the company and communities where its stores operate. Since its
inception, the foundation has provided more than $8 million of support to
nonprofits that combat hunger and domestic abuse.
The business school's graduation ceremony is part of a series of seven commencementevents that DePaul will host this spring for graduates of its 10 schools and
colleges. Speakers at the other ceremonies include actor Jon Favreau; architect
César Pelli; author Sandra Cisneros; philanthropic leader Rev. Larry
Snyder; civil rights activist Robert Moses; and Judge Thomas Durkin.
The Richard H. Driehaus
College of Business is among the nation’s 10 oldest business schools. The
college’s nationally ranked programs offer real-world knowledge and connections
for career advancement in the business world.
faculty and staff seeking more information on
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