A.C. Gallo learned to enjoy good food and the importance of food presentation growing up. His grandparents owned a fruit stand in the Bronx and later started a small Italian grocery, and his parents owned a top-rated restaurant. A.C. began stocking shelves at Bread & Circus when it was just one small specialty foods store with ten employees; he later left the Company after more than 15 years but returned to Bread & Circus after it was acquired by Whole Foods Market. He quickly moved into regional management as the Northeast region’s vice president and then, in 1996, as president of the region. A.C. is currently President and COO, leading six of Whole Foods Market’s 12 regions. He is committed to sustainable agriculture and fostering the growth of foods with the purest ingredients.