Family Christian announced Wednesday the hiring of Charles “Chuck” Bengochea as the retail chain’s new president and CEO. Currently president and CEO of The Original Honeybaked Ham Company of Georgia, Bengochea will begin his new role with Family Christian effective June 30.
“This is a time of change for Family Christian and we believe that Charles Bengochea is the ideal choice to lead Family Christian as a world-impacting ministry,” said Rick Jackson, the chairman of the board for Family Christian. “Chuck is a direct, passionate, business-savvy leader who knows how to motivate a team to achieve results. His personal mission aligns with the heart of Family Christian, and his knowledge and business experience will facilitate the long-term success of this ministry.”
Bengochea comes to Family Christian with 35 years of successful business leadership. Following his 1979 graduation from Cornell University, Bengochea began to build his career working for General Electric, becoming an analyst in its television business division. In 1987, he joined The Coca-Cola Company and rose to the position of controller of the Fountain Business Division. Bengochea left Coca-Cola in 1995 to become the director of retail operations for The Original Honeybaked Ham Company of Georgia. In 2003, he was named president and, three years later, CEO. Under Bengochea’s leadership, Honeybaked Ham of Georgia grew to 200 franchises and 115 company stores.
Bengochea has been married for more than 37 years. He and his wife, Laurie, have four grown children—two sons and two daughters. Bengochea is a triathlete and has completed eight Ironman competitions. He recently served as chairman of the board of elders at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. Through all of his business, athletic and organizational successes, Bengochea said, “my top priorities are my faith in Jesus Christ and my family.”
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SOURCE: Christian Retailing