News Release
 June 10, 2010
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania, today announced the promotion of Andrew Brocato to director of community relations and special events.

In his new, expanded role, Brocato will oversee all community relations activities for the company as well as manage all charitable donations under Tops’ “Living here, Giving here” commitment to local, non-profit organizations.

“Andy brings to Tops over 20 years of experience in the field of community relations and his hard work and tireless dedication to the communities we serve is the reason he was chosen for this much-deserved promotion,” said Diane Colgan, Tops Markets vice president of sales and marketing. “Andy manages over $10 million annually in charitable donations from Tops to the hundreds of deserving organizations we partner with,” said Colgan.

Brocato has been a part of the Tops team for 13 years in various capacities, including senior manager of community relations, manager of promotions/sports marketing, and media communications coordinator. Prior to joining Tops Markets, he served as director of marketing for Martin’s Fantasy Island in Grand Island, N.Y. and prior to that, held the position of public relations director/development officer for the Buffalo Zoological Gardens in Buffalo, N.Y. He was also an adjunct professor at Medaille College.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Brocato earned a bachelor’s of science in media communications from Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. He has been active in various organizations including the Advertising Club of Buffalo, Junior Achievement, United Way, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Grand Island School Business Alliance, Leukemia Society, and Medaille College Alumni Board. He currently resides in The Town of Lancaster and serves on the Board of Directors for March of Dimes, the Medaille College Media Communications Advisory Board, is a committee member for Safe Place and is on the Festival of Trees Committee for the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Brocato was recently awarded with Tops’ “Castellani Award,” named after one of Tops’ founders, Armand Castellani. This award is highly regarded as one of the most prestigious honors a Tops associate can receive.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 131 full-service supermarkets – 126 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 13,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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