Alco HR exec promoted to SVP, HR, store operations

ABILENE, Kan. — Broad-line retailer Alco Stores has promoted Ricardo Clemente to SVP of human resources, store operations and loss prevention.

Clemente, who graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and business management, has more than 20 years of retail experience. He joined Alco Stores in 2011 as a district manager. Since then he has held increasingly responsible positions, serving most recently as VP of stores and human resources.

"We are pleased to announce the promotion of Ricardo Clemente to SVP,” said president and CEO Rich Wilson. “Since joining Alco, Ricardo has made a significant contribution to our progress in human resources, organizational development and store operations. Through Ricardo's efforts and leadership, our team has improved Alco’s store execution and customer experience while reducing overall expense — critical elements to achieving the company's sales and profitability goals.”

Alco operates 213 stores that are primarily located in small, underserved communities across 23 states. It carries both name brand and private label products at reasonable prices.