Joe Albertson, pioneer of the one-stop supermarket concept, and Bob Miller, the visionary leader who reunited the Albertsons supermarket chain, are the 2018 inductees into the Idaho Technology Council (ITC) Hall of Fame presented by Stoel Rives. This year’s inductees inspired many to work towards building a stronger, more robust Idaho.
The Hall of Fame highlights the amazing work that has been part of Idaho’s past and the great innovations that are defining its future. The best and brightest technology and leadership talent in the state of Idaho will be showcased. Get tickets and additional information about attending the Hall of Fame.
Joe Albertsons opened his first store in 1939 based on three principles: quality, good value, and excellent service. These principles helped his company become one of the largest chains in the country and enabled the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to contribute $600 million to Idaho’s communities and education systems.
Bob Miller, chairman and former CEO of Albertsons, embodies the principles of his company’s founder and possesses an innate ability to inspire his employees through innovative changes. Bob’s leadership allowed Albertsons to expand into the second-biggest private grocery company in the country.
Joe knew that the secret of successful people is that they help others succeed. In 1966, Joe and Kathryn established the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to administer their charitable giving. Since then, the foundation has given more than $730 million to Idaho’s communities.
Because it is a private family foundation, investing in education, learning, and communities honor the generous and visionary legacy of Joe and Kathryn Albertson. It is a legacy built on the belief that knowledge is the key to opportunity for a better life in Idaho. Today, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is still very much a family foundation with a new generation of family members lovingly carrying on the legacy.
When Miller returned to Albertsons LLC in 2006, the 600-plus stores they acquired were in deep distress. In his prior time at Albertsons Inc., Miller had opened a lot of those stores and knew they could be profitable and provide great jobs in their communities. With an eye toward saving jobs and running good grocery stores, he assembled an unparalleled leadership team. Together, they led one of the biggest turnarounds in food and drug retail history. Miller’s leadership, business acumen, and philanthropy have helped build a rarified career in the retail industry. His four keys to his success — work hard, tell the truth, treat people right and believe in others — are instrumental in his approach to both career and community.
About the Idaho Technology Council
The Idaho Technology Council’s mission is to foster the development of technology companies in Idaho, primarily in the areas of information technology, agriscience, and energy. The ITC provides a valuable forum for industry, research, educators, investors, and government throughout the state. The ITC represents all aspects of technology – from research to commercialization to capitalization and talent recruitment. The integration of high technology into all aspects of the economy means that the ITC will remain entirely member-driven to deliver objective expertise broadly applicable to Idaho policy-makers. Members gain access to industry-shaping discussions and information geared to enacting results. ITC conducts regular events, including peer-to-peer forums, CEO roundtables, and opportunities to meet with civic leaders and nationally recognized analysts. In addition, members participate in the ITC’s planning process on a multi-year roadmap to drive measurable results in areas such as attracting talent, increasing available funding from government and private investors, and developing and protecting intellectual property.