Dail, who served most recently as executive development officer, and will assume his new position effective July 1.
Dail, 51, a 35-year industry veteran, joined Sysco last year. Prior to that he served as president and coo at The IJ Co. From 1991 to 2000 Dail held positions as market president and later division president at Alliant Foodservice. Before 1991, he held numerous managerial positions in various companies in the food and retail grocery industry.
Dail was born in Newport News, VA, and raised in Williamsburg, VA. He is a 1979 graduate of Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA, where he graduated cum laude and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters and a son and reside in Knoxville, TN.
The new Sysco company in Knoxville is expected to be completed in the first quarter of calendar year 2008. It will serve restaurants, hospitals, schools, colleges, retirement homes, hotels and other foodservice operations in the following areas: eastern Tennessee, southeast Kentucky, western Virginia, northeastern Georgia and parts of western North Carolina. Foodservice customers in the area are currently being served by several surrounding Sysco operating companies. The complex will include approximately 353,000 sq. ft. of refrigerated, frozen and dry warehouse space, as well as administrative offices.
"The concept of building a fold-out facility in an area with an established sales base has been integral to the success of Sysco's internal growth strategy and has enabled us to provide more localized service to customers," said Richard J. Schnieders, chairman, ceo and president. "The vibrant growth in foodservice we have seen in the Knoxville area will support a local facility, allowing us to expand Sysco's distribution capabilities and favorably impact the communities in that region."
Sysco said the contractor for the Knoxville facility is BE&K Building Group, Inc. and the realtor is Stephen W. Wright. Several people were instrumental in assisting with the site location, in particular Bill Haslam, mayor of Knoxville, Dave Hill, Knoxville Department of Operations, Tim Tidwell, Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development and Rhonda Rice and Doug Lawyer, Knoxville Area Chamber Partnerships.
"This site was chosen because of the available outstanding workforce, the lifestyle and amenities afforded by the community and the willingness of the city, county and state officials to assist in securing economic development incentives and other assistance," said Michael Downs, Sysco's assistant vice president, real estate and construction.