Bret Wiltse currently holds the position of senior vice president of direct store delivery (DSD). Bret and his team support all Fareway locations with items not distributed through the Fareway warehouse. The DSD team is responsible for coordinating and developing product selection, promotional activities, as well as facilitating commination between retail locations, the Fareway corporate office, and all Fareway’s valued vendor partners.
Bret started with Fareway in 1994 as a stock clerk/carryout and has worked in seven different Fareway retail locations, before joining the corporate office. He started in Storm Lake working for his father and then worked in Waterloo, while attending college. After college, Bret moved to Des Moines as a full-time employee, then was promoted to assistant manager at another Des Moines location. Over the next few years, he gained experience as assistant manager of the Burlington, Iowa and Cresco, Iowa locations. In 2011, Bret was promoted to manager in Orange City. Bret joined the corporate office as regional supervisor in 2014 and in 2018 he was promoted to lead the DSD team.
Bret earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He currently serves as a member of the Fareway Board of Directors. Bret supports charities throughout Iowa and is regularly seen working with charities supported by Fareway’s charitable giving efforts.
Bret is married to his childhood sweetheart, Mindy, and they have a daughter (14) and twin boys (11). Bret, Mindy, and their children reside in Johnston, IA. Bret and his family enjoy outdoor activities, including hunting, horseback riding, riding ATVs, and hot air ballooning.