Locke joined Sysco Chemical Co., Inc., in 1982 as regional manager. Sysco Chemical Co. was a wholly owned subsidiary of Sysco located in Detroit before it was merged into Compton Foods, which became the Sysco procurement organization in 1985.
At the time of the merger, Locke was named director of chemical marketing. In 1992, he advanced to vice president of merchandising-nonfood products. In 1997, when the merchandising area was realigned, he assumed his current position with expanded responsibility for beverages, chemicals, disposables, medical products, supplies and equipment, canned and dry foods, specialty products, pasta, seafood and bakery items.
"John Locke has been involved throughout much of the formative years of Sysco's merchandising services organization and has been a major contributor to enhancing our company's reputation for outstanding products in the foodservice world," said Richard J. Schnieders, chairman, ceo and president. "We wish him the best in this new phase of his life."
Locke and his wife Irene live in Richmond, Texas.