M. Thomas Krieger
2000 Honorary Alumni
Tom Krieger was born in the town of Mt. Pleasant, population 600, in southeastern Ohio and lived in that area until age 15. Krieger was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and sports enthusiast during this time, and played in the school band. Additionally, Krieger and his brother, Bill, combined to deliver newspapers for the three daily papers available to the residents. In 1950, Krieger and his brother moved to the town of Oak Harbor in northwestern Ohio where their mother was a school teacher. Krieger graduated from Salem Oak Harbor High School in 1953.
After graduation, Krieger began a career in the retail grocery business with the Kroger Company, where he had worked part time while still in high school. His career with Kroger encompassed some 23 years.
During the time Krieger was a store manager, he attended the University of Toledo, concentrating on business-related courses. He also was in the Army Reserve and served on active duty for six months in 1958 and again in 1960-61 during a reserve call-up after which he received an honorable discharge.
In 1976 Krieger accepted the position of Director of Perishable Operations with Food Lion Stores in Salisbury, N.C. He was later promoted to Vice President of Perishable Operations, and finally to Vice President of Store Operations. Food Lion had 27 stores when Krieger joined the company, and when he left in 1984, it had over 250 stores.
In 1985, Krieger joined Fleming Companies, Inc., as Southeastern Regional Marketing Manager and was soon promoted to the position of President of the Columbus, Ga., subsidiary. Eighteen months later Krieger was again promoted to the position of President of Fleming Foods of Tennessee where he served from 1987 until his retirement at the end of 1996.
Krieger was the founding Chairman of the Ronald McDonald House, where he served on the board from its inception in 1991 until the end of 1999. In 1995, he was honored as one of the "Health Care Heroes" for his work in helping to establish the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House in Johnson City.
Currently, Krieger is the chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, vice chairman of the Coalition for Kids, a member of the Red Feather Society of the United Way's Signature Club, a board member of the United Way, the Johnson City Press Christmas Gift Box, and serves on the Finance Committee of the ETSU Foundation. Krieger also provided one of the charter gifts that has helped establish the Roan Scholar Leadership Program at ETSU.
He has two children, Laura and Steven, and three grandchildren. Krieger and his wife Becky reside on their 100-acre farm, "Olde Towne Angus Farm," where he and his brother-in-law have a joint venture raising registered Black Angus cattle.