Former Vitamin Shoppe exec joins Palko Services as CEO

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The independent natural products distributor expects the new hire will lead to its expansion.

Palko Services is pleased to announce a new chief executive officer, Tom Grillea. He brings over 25 years of experience from other respected natural products distributors as well as valuable retail background from his years at The Vitamin Shoppe. Grillea’s industry knowledge, and most importantly the relationships he brings, will help Palko Services become one of the nation’s best independent distributors. Grillea will begin as a new member of the Palko family on Nov. 2. He will oversee many aspects of the business, building Palko Services into a respected distributor partner for even more retailers and suppliers. 

tom grillea headshotGrillea (left) explains, “For years, I've been an admirer of the Palko family business and I'm beyond excited to finally join this wonderful organization. They have built a tremendous industry reputation that has always displayed strong relationships with vendors and customers that is based on integrity.” 

Grillea also stated, “Together, we will increase our portfolio of brands bringing in new and exciting business to grow brick and mortar retail, natural product chain stores and ethical ecommerce. My objective is to create growth for our brands, our customers and for the Palko organization as a whole. I'm eager to show the industry what Palko can do and take us to new heights.” 

Steve Palko, president, commented, “We are excited to bring in Tom Grillea to contribute to the success of our family business. We pride ourselves on who we are and believe Tom fits in perfectly with our core values. Our quest is to become the best independent distributor through excellent service and strong personal relationships with our stores and our brands. We are certain Tom can help us achieve this goal and look forward to the many positive changes he will accomplish as our new CEO.” 

Source: Palko Services

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