The grocery business is in Mike Teel’s blood. As the grandson of Raley’s founder, Tom Raley, and the son of Raley’s second-generation leaders, Joyce Raley Teel and Jim Teel, he learned the grocery business from an early age. Today, he leads the largest family owned company in the Greater Sacramento area with a sense of enthusiasm for the business and responsibility to the communities Raley’s serves.
With his passion for empowering people to make sustainable and healthy food choices, Mike leads the company of 12,000 team members and 127 stores with a vision to infuse life with health and happiness. He is committed to delivering a personalized customer experience, inspiring team member engagement and supporting long-term family ownership.
Mike started with Raley’s bagging groceries. After earning his bachelor’s in business administration from Whittier College, he became a store manager. He later led innovations in the Bakery and the company’s Bay Area expansion. In the 1990’s, he worked alongside executives, which prepared him for his senior leadership progression: Chief Operating Officer in 1995, President in 1996 and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. In 2002, Mike left the company to pursue independent business ventures, returning in 2010 as President & CEO.
In 2015, the family decided to transition majority ownership of the company to Mike, with a goal of long-term family ownership. Mike is involved as a Board Member of the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, a group of regional CEOs working to retain, attract, grow and create sustainable businesses.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Keith Knopf joined Raley’s in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. In 2017, Keith was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all aspects of the business. Keith believes in delivering a personalized customer experience and involving team members in the company’s vision. A proven Fortune 200 leader with 25 years retail experience, Keith began his career with the May Company department stores, where he held leadership roles in store operations, merchandise planning, information technology, finance and corporate. He led annual business planning and strategy for the Victoria’s Secret division of Limited Brands, and most recently led the retail operations and omni-channel store integration at Kohl’s. He graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and earned a master’s degree in business administration.
Focused on exercise and nutrition and committed to healthy living. He is dedicated to family time with his wife, Debbie, and their two daughters, Leslie and Chelsie, and his first grandchild.
Chief Financial Officer & Controller
Ken Mueller joined Raley’s in 1997 with an extensive background in financial and accounting operations. As CFO, Ken leads the financial services, payroll and information services departments in implementing strategic financial plans and managing core business systems and technology. Ken has held many management roles on Raley’s accounting team, playing an integral role in financial report distribution and analysis.
Ken received his bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. Earning his CPA certificate in 1993, Ken previously served as Controller for Jampro Antennas and held accounting positions with Toms & Rojas CPAs and Ernst & Young. Ken and his wife, Brigitte, have been married for more than 20 years and have two children.
Chief People Officer
Mark Foley is a results-driven human resources professional and a fitness enthusiast with a passion for cooking. He began his career in the grocery industry bagging groceries in high school and served as a clerk through college. Mark earned a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in industrial relations and human resources from California State University, Hayward. He also earned his Labor Relations Certificate in Collective Bargaining from Cornell University.
Mark joined Raley’s in 1995 managing all aspects of labor relations and contract negotiations. In 2005, Mark became Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Chief People Officer for 24-Hour Fitness, the nation’s largest fitness company. Mark returned to Raley’s in 2013 to lead people initiatives and serve as Sr. Vice President of Human Resources & Labor Relations. In 2017, Mark was promoted to Chief People Officer, in charge of human resources and legal departments.
Working for a family-owned business means something to Mark, a father of two, who has been married to his wife, Diane, for over 20 years.
Senior Vice President, Store Operations
Kevin Konkel began his career in the grocery industry 35 years ago as a courtesy clerk for Bel Air Markets. He has risen through store management, district management and various leadership positions in both operations and sales and merchandising, such as: Store Director, District Manager, Vice President of Produce, Vice President of Neighborhood Merchandising and Senior Vice President Sales, Merchandising, Marketing & Advertising.
Experienced in many areas of the business, Kevin has introduced innovative cross-merchandising plans, inspired learning, grown leaders, spearheaded store design and remodel efforts — all with a focus on the customer. Kevin serves on the Board of Directors for the California Grocers Association and Raley’s Food For Families Board of Directors. Kevin and his wife, Lynette, have been married for more than 25 years and have two children.
With nearly 20 years of retail experience, Deirdre has served as Vice President of Marketing for several specialty retailers, including Brookstone, and most recently White House Black Market. She moved up through the industry, working both in-house and for ad agencies representing major brands such as Fitigues, Jil Sander, The Field Museum and Talbots. Deirdre graduated from Barnard College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. She also studied Visual Communications at the Art Institute of Chicago and Photography at International Center of Photography. Deirdre enjoys spending time with her husband of nearly 20 years, and their son Aidan. An avid sports enthusiast, Deirdre enjoys running, yoga and swimming.