Tom Scott

John Liu

Tom Scott retired in 2015 as Vice President and CEO for Oliver’s Markets, which owns and operates four supermarkets in Sonoma County, California. Oliver’s focuses on food produced in Sonoma County and features high quality perishables and a wide assortment of natural and conventional groceries. The National Specialty Food Association recognized Oliver’s with their Outstanding Retailer Award in 2005 and 2013. Tom received his BA in Political Science from California State University San Bernardino in 1984 and his MBA from Sonoma State University in 2005.  He was named the Distinguished Alumni for 2011 by the Sonoma State School of Business and Economics.

Tom began in the grocery business in 1974 as a box boy for Alpha Beta Stores in Riverside, California, working there through high school and college. After graduation he worked for a regional CPA firm for two years. In 1986, he became the CFO for Redwood Empire Markets, an independent grocer that operated two stores in Sonoma County. He came to Oliver’s Market in 1988 as General Manager.

After retiring, Tom opened a consulting practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, assisting independent supermarket operators in California and Wyoming. Tom took the job of SVP/General Manager for one of his clients, Jackson Whole Grocer who he worked for from 2018 to 2020, when Jackson Whole Grocer sold to Whole Foods at the end of 2020. 


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