Natural Synergies Appoints New Director of Vendor and Retail Relations

Boca Raton, FL — (June 21, 2007) – Richard Lewis is the new Director of Vendor and Retail relations for Natural Synergies, the nation’s leading network of independently owned and operated natural, organic and health food retailers based in Florida.

“Lewis will be responsible for developing promotional programs directly with manufacturers while educating our members on services and programs provided by Natural Synergies,” said Jeff Wolfson, Vice President of Purchasing and Marketing.

Lewis possesses more than twenty years of experience in the natural food industry. He has a proven track record of success in optimizing overall store operations, thus allowing for maximization of store margins and profits while maintaining an excellent level of customer service.

“Lewis will negotiate deals and coordinate promotions that provide independents with greater buying power and enhanced ability to compete more effectively,” says Eric Gutmann, President and COO of the Natural Synergies network. “His knowledge is second to none and we are very lucky to have him on board as Natural Synergies continues to grow.”

About the Natural Synergies Independent Retail Network
Natural Synergies, established in 2005 and based in Boca Raton, FL, is a member-based national network of independently owned and operated natural and organic products retailers. The purpose of the organization is to provide independent retailers with greater access to business resources, education, information, coordinated promotional programs, improved buying power, and a unified voice in the marketplace. Natural Synergies’ mission also is to help independents adapt to an increasingly competitive environment and become more profitable and successful retail operators. With more than 8,500 independent natural products retailers in the United States, Natural Synergies’ goal is to include more than 500 retail members in 2008.


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