Mr. M. Thomas Krieger - 2006 ETSU Foundation Margin of Excellence Award

Tom Krieger

Tom Krieger was born in Southeastern Ohio in the town of Mt. Pleasant (population 600). He lived in that area until age 15 when he and his older brother moved to Oak Harbor in the Northwestern Ohio to join their mother, who had taken a teaching position there. While growing up in Mt. Pleasant, Krieger was a sports enthusiast, a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, a newspaper carrier, and played in the school band as well as working odd jobs and mowing lawns to aid the family's finances. While in high school, Krieger lettered in three major sports of football, basketball and track. He also played in the high school band and orchestra as well as participating in a number of school theatrical performances. Krieger graduated from Salem Oak Harbor High School in 1953.

After graduation Krieger began a career in the retail grocery industry with the Kroger Company where he had worked part time while in high school. During his 23-year career with Kroger, Tom was promoted numerous times. While serving as Store Manager in Toledo, Ohio area, Tom attended the University of Toledo concentrating on the marketing and communication. Krieger's job assignments required a number of relocations through the years which took him to a number of cities in Ohio, Kansas City, Mo., North Little Rock, Arkansas, back to Cleveland, Ohio and finally to St. Louis, Missouri. During this period of Krieger's life he served in the National Guard on both active and inactive duty ad was recalled as a reservist in 1960-61 after which he received an honorable discharge from the army.

In 1976, Krieger accepted a position with Food Lion Stores in Salisbury, N.C., as Director of Perishable Operations. He was soon promoted to Vice President of Perishable Operations, and later to Vice President of Store Operations having responsibility for the performance of 250 stores by the time he left in late 1984.

Krieger joined Fleming Company, Inc. in 1985 as the Marketing Director of the Southeastern Region overseeing marketing efforts in nine states. In 1986, Krieger was promoted to the position of President of the Columbus, Ga., subsidiary which marketed Health & Beauty Aids and General Merchandise to Fleming affiliated stores in nine states. In 1987, Krieger was again promoted, this time to the position of President of Fleming Foods of Tennessee in Johnson City where he served until his retirement at the end of 1996.

During Krieger's careers with Kroger, Food Lion, and Fleming, he served at various times on the Produce Marketing Association's board of directors and the North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia Grocers Association. He was an original recipient of the Tennessee Grocers Association Education Foundation's "Hall of Eagles Award." Through this foundation Krieger funded a number of scholarships for Fleming Companies associates and customers.

While with Flemings, Krieger became active in the Tri-Cities community by serving on the Salvation Army board of directors, and the Johnson City Medical Center Foundation board of directors. He is the co-founder and was the first President of the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House in Johnson City. He served on that board until 1999. Krieger is a pas President of the Salvation Army where he continues to serve on the board and the Executive Committee with seventeen years of service as a board member there. Tom's service for the Johnson City Area United Way over the past 10 years includes Executive Committee and board member, Allocations Chairman, Signature Club Chairman, Red Feather Society, Campaign Team Captain, and Allocations Committee Member.

In 1995, Krieger was honored as a "Health Care Hero" for his work in helping to establish the Ronald McDonald House. The following year he was a recipient of the J.C. Penney "Golden Rule Award," presented to groups and individuals who have performed outstanding volunteer service to their community.

Krieger was also a founding board member of "The Coalition for Kids" and continues to serve on that board as well as the board of directors of Keystone Dental Care, Inc. a free dental clinic for needy adults. Additionally, he serves as Vice President and voluntarily provides the role of purchasing agent for the Johnson City Press "Christmas Gift Box." Krieger is on the board of directors of the ETSU Foundation, currently serving as Secretary of the Foundation. He also serves on the Foundation Finance Committee. Krieger provided one of the charter gifts that helped establish the "Roan Scholar Leadership Program" at ETSU and currently serves on the Roan Scholars Steering Committee. He also was one of the benefactors for the beautiful landmark Foundation Carillon and Alumni Plaza recently erected at ETSU.

As a noteworthy leader and community volunteer, Tom also heads up the Salvation Army's "Souper Bowl for the Hungry" Luncheon fund raiser each year as he has for the past eight years as well as serving each year the distribution of the Johnson City Press "Gift Boxes," Salvation Army Angel Tree Gifts, and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots gifts to the needy. In 2000, the ETSU Alumni Association selected Tom as an honorary Alumnus recognizing his service to the university. In 2004, the Salvation Army recognized Tom's vital role with the Army by presenting him with the "Others Award" which is the Salvation Army's highest recognition award given to civilians in honor of their service to others.

Tom is married to former Becky Hodges of Jonesborough and they reside on their farm just South of Jonesborough. Tom and Becky are both active member of Central Baptist Church in Johnson City. Tom has two grown children and six grandchildren who reside in the Charlotte, N.C. area.