Bob Mariano, CEO of the Mariano's grocery chain, tours the store's 40 S. Halsted Street in Greektown in October 2012. I John H. White~Sun-Times
Bob Mariano, 62
Chairman and CEO of Roundy’s Supermarkets, owner of Mariano’s supermarkets.
Formerly president and CEO of Dominick’s Finer Foods.
History: Mariano grew up in the Jefferson Park neighborhood and started his grocery career in June 1968 as a part-time deli clerk at store No. 13 in Des Plaines. His father worked as the deli buyer for Dominick’s for 20 years.
Bob Mariano worked his way up to president and CEO of Dominick’s grocery stores — a leadership position he held from 1995 to 1998 — and played a key role in taking Dominick’s public in 1996. He left Dominick’s in November 1998 after Safeway bought the chain.
Mariano is a graduate of Loyola Academy and the University of Illinois’ Circle Campus. He earned his MBA at the University of Chicago.
Strategy: The Mariano’s stores aim to appeal to “foodies” with organic produce, meat cutters, attentive clerks and full-fledged delis and bakeries, and to attract bargain hunters with low-priced boxed goods and store brands.