Ronald Bruno

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Ronald G. Bruno (born c. 1952) is the former CEO and chairman of Bruno's Supermarkets and president of Bruno Capital Management. He is a founder of the Bruno's Memorial Classic golf tournament and its Bruno Event Team.

Bruno earned his bachelor of science in marketing at the University of Alabama and went to work at Bruno's in 1974. He joined his father Angelo Bruno in launching a charity golf tournament on the Senior PGA Tour. Before the announcement of the inaugural event, however, a company plane carrying his father, uncle and several other executives crashed near Rome, Georgia killing everyone on board. Bruno suddenly inherited chairmanship of the grocery chain and the tournament was dubbed the "Bruno's Memorial Classic" to honor the victims of the crash.

Bruno left the supermarket chain shortly after it was purchased by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in 1995. He founded Bruno Capital Management the same year and then created the Bruno Event Team in 1995 with Gene Hallman. Bruno has also served on the corporate boards for SouthTrust, Russell Athletic and Books-A-Million as board president for the St Vincent's Hospital Foundation and campaign co-chair for United Way of Central Alabama. He was appointed to the President's Cabinet at the University of Alabama.

Bruno was inducted into the Birmingham Golf Hall of Fame in 1994 and was named a "Distinguished Alabama Sportsman" by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

References

  • "Bruno chairman Angelo J. Bruno dies in crash; son to succeed - Ronald Bruno." (January 6, 1992) Discount Store News
  • "Ronald G. Bruno Recognized as Distinguished Alabama Sportsman 2009." Bruno Event Team press release.
  • Segrest, Doug (February 28, 2009) "Bruno honored by ASHOF." The Birmingham News