With more than a century of combined experience in the retail grocery industry—from the loading dock to the board room and every position in between—our team of professionals understands the specific challenges you face. With those challenges in mind, our mission is simple: form proactive partnerships with you, our client, centered around the mutual goal of making your operations more efficient and more profitable through better decision support. Following is FMS' leadership team:
Robert Graybill, President & CEO
Robert Graybill, CPA, joined FMS in 2000, and has over 20 years of experience in the retail grocery industry. Currently, Mr. Graybill leads the FMS operations team in meeting their goal of helping retailers to succeed through benchmarking, best practices, and decision support.
Mr. Graybill spent 9 years working with A&P serving in various positions including, Director of Pricing, Group Accounting Manager, Inventory Control Manager and store operations. Prior to joining A&P, Mr. Graybill worked for a local independent grocer in the Baltimore market. He has authored the FMS/N.G.A. Independent Grocers Survey and FMI's Annual Financial Review for the past four years. He has also served as a speaker at the N.G.A. Financial Symposium, N.G.A.'s annual conferences, FMI's International Food Show, and various state association food shows. In addition, he has taught at the IGA Coca-Cola Institutes Supermarket Management Program which serves both domestic and international retailers. Mr. Graybill holds an MBA from the Executive Program at Loyola University Maryland and has completed the N.G.A. Executive Management Program at Cornell University. He currently serves on the Accounting Advisory Board at the University of Baltimore.
Mark Ehleben, Vice President Sales and Marketing
Mark Ehleben graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and Economics in 1982. In 1985 he earned his Graduate Certificate of Food Industry Management as a Kroger-sponsored student at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Ehleben has over 22 years experience working in the food industry. He has held various management positions with Kroger, Malone & Hyde, Wal-Mart and Associated Wholesale Grocers. In addition, Mr. Ehleben spent 6 years as an independent retail grocer, operating 3 stores.
Mr. Ehleben's various management experiences provide valuable insight in all aspects of the food business including national chains, independents, wholesalers and mass merchants.
Jon Cline, Vice President Client Support
Jon Cline, CPA, joined FMS in 2009 with almost 30 years of grocery industry experience. Jon joined FMS from Supervalu where he was Vice President, Assistant Controller Supply Chain. His professional experience has ranged from environments including product manufacturing, wholesale, and retail in professional capacities including accounting, finance, treasury, planning, credit, internal audit, sales, marketing, logistics, procurement, and consulting. His professional experience has been earned in companies that varied from very small to Fortune 500 and with organizations that were very profitable as well as in dire financial condition. A large portion of Jon’s career has involved working at retail (beginning in high school and working through college at grocery retail) and working with retailers through their wholesale affiliation. Additionally, Jon spent nearly a decade interfacing with retailers in a DSD capacity (Tree of Life). Accordingly he has critical experience with the retail operation from the back door to front end systems as well as the back office. This experience will allow Jon to work with retailers served by FMS to better understand their financial results and effectuate change to improve their results via the FMS services suite which includes accurate and timely financial statement preparation, benchmarking, decision support, and implementation of best practices. Jon is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and earned his CPA in 1988.
Jean Hatton, Chief Financial Officer
Jean Hatton is a CPA with over 20 years experience in accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville University in Ohio. Prior to joining FMS in 1999, she served as Controller and Finance Director for Medical Enterprises Development Company and Seton Medical Group, respectively.
Ms. Hatton is responsible for establishing the strategic financial direction for FMS, as well as maintaining its fiscal records. She serves as the company trustee for the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, 401k Plan and HR administration. Ms. Hatton is also heavily involved in working with FMS' retail services area in assisting clients with their accounting related questions.