Dustin Hamilton was appointed chief stores officer in November 2023. From August 2021 to November 2023, he served as our Regional Vice President for our California region. Prior to joining Sprouts, Dustin served as division vice president of retail at Bridgestone Corporation. Additionally, he served at Target Corporation in positions of increasing responsibility in retail management, culminating as Group Vice President.
Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communication management from DeVry University.
Curtis Valentine, our chief financial officer since January 2024, contributes over 15 years of extensive financial and retail experience. With a tenure of more than eight years in leadership within the Sprouts financial organization, Curtis brings a wealth of knowledge and strategic financial acumen to the CFO role. Prior to joining Sprouts, Curtis served in financial management roles across multiple business units for seven years at PetSmart, Inc.
Curtis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Jim Bahrenburg, our chief technology officer, joined Sprouts in September 2023. Jim brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and business process to Sprouts in the grocery and retail space. Prior to joining Sprouts, from November 2019 to August 2023, Jim served as chief information officer of Good Food Holdings, the holding company of five food retail brands including Bristol Farms, Lazy Acres Natural Market, Metropolitan Market, New Seasons Market, and New Leaf Community Markets. Prior to joining Good Food Holdings, Jim served 99 Cent Only Stores for over 12 years. Earlier in his career, he served in various technology roles at Manhattan (previously Evant), The Walt Disney Company, and Accenture.
Jim holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Dartmouth College.
Hari Avula served as chief financial and strategic officer of Clif Bar & Company from May 2021 through February 2023, where he led the financial management and enterprise strategy functions for the nutritious and organic food company prior to its acquisition by Mondelēz International, Inc. Hari joined Clif Bar from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., (NASDAQ: WBA) where he served as chief financial officer of global business transformation and digital/IT from 2020 to 2021 and chief financial officer of retail pharmacy USA from 2017 to 2020. Prior to joining Walgreens, Hari spent over 22 years at PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) in a variety of financial and strategic roles, culminating as chief financial officer for Frito Lay North America from 2015 to 2017.
Hari earned a Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honors from Delhi University.
Sprouts Board Involvement:
- Audit Committee, member
- Risk Committee, member
Nick Konat, our president and chief operating officer, joined Sprouts in March 2022 and brings over 20 years of experience in retail, merchandising, consumer insights, and private brands to Sprouts. Nick joined Petco in 2015 and prior to his appointment as chief merchandising officer in 2018, served as vice president of private brands and merchandising and senior vice president – general manager. Prior to joining Petco, Nick served as director of food operations and merchandise planning at Target Corporation where he held a range of merchandising, planning and leadership roles across the food and fashion categories. He also spent six years with Accenture plc, a multinational professional services company.
Nick holds an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and government from St. John’s University.
Timmi Zalatoris, our Chief Human Resources Officer, joined Sprouts in March 2017 and brings more than 17 years of HR leadership experience to our brand. She demonstrates a deep passion for our people and ensures we have the right talent across our company to drive success and build meaningful careers at Sprouts. She previously served as Head of Talent Management at Payless, and Senior Director of Human Resources at Ferrell Companies. Prior to that, she held various retail management roles.
Timmi earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Houston.
Joe Hurley, Chief Supply Chain Officer, joined Sprouts in April 2019. Joe brings more than 25 years of experience to Sprouts in the grocery and retail supply chain space. Before joining Sprouts, Joe served as senior vice president, supply chain for the Giant Eagle chain in Pittsburgh from 2001 to 2019 where he held various leadership roles. Prior to Giant Eagle, Joe worked in supply chain leadership roles at SuperValu from 1992 to 2001.
Joe holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Virginia Military Institute, and a master of science degree in business administration from the California University of Pennsylvania.
Kim Coffin, our Senior Vice President and Chief Forager, joined Sprouts in 2012 and brings over 30 years of experience in the grocery space, strengthening product categories and building strong partnerships with our vendors. Prior to her current role, Kim served as vice president of grocery at Sprouts for eight years. Before joining Sprouts, Kim held various leadership roles at Sunflower Farmers Market. From 1987 to 2010, Kim worked in grocery sales for Albertsons.
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Portland State University.
Scott Neal, Chief Merchandising Officer of Sprouts Farmers Market, leads the perishable and non-perishable teams, as well as the merchandise planning and schematics organizations. Scott has more than 25 years of retail experience. Prior to joining Sprouts in June of 2020, he served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager for the fresh food division of Walmart U.S., where he oversaw produce, meat, and seafood merchandising along with quality control. Scott served Walmart over a 24-year career, including multiple leadership roles in the domestic and international businesses. Before moving to the U.S. division, he served as the head of general merchandise for Walmart Mexico from 1999 – 2003.
Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brigham Young University and served as a member of the board of directors of Feeding America from 2016 to 2020. He was also awarded the “Sam Walton Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Walton Family.
Alisa Gmelich, our senior vice president and chief marketing officer, joined Sprouts in December 2022 and brings more than 25 years of experience in brand development, marketing strategy, and customer loyalty to Sprouts. Alisa most recently served as chief brand officer at Auntie Anne’s, and previously spent over 15 years in the restaurant industry where she held various positions, including vice president of marketing at IHOP, where she spearheaded its customer growth strategy, national programs and menu innovation. Prior to IHOP, Alisa led a marketing team for Burger King Corporation as director of U.S. sales, field marketing, driving local and national initiatives.
Alisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Art History from University of California, Riverside.