The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) recognized exceptional store managers for their leadership and career achievements at the Future Leaders eXperience. Among their numerous accomplishments, FMI says the Store Manager Award recipients pioneered new initiatives supporting e-commerce tactics in their stores, fostered new talent in food retail and served their communities to the highest levels.
“In a world increasingly enamored with technology, it becomes a point of differentiation to have quality, meaningful connections with people,” said FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin. “Store managers make that point of differentiation a flesh and blood reality. They are motivating their employees to create memorable in-store and online experiences that keep shoppers personally engaged and coming back for more.”
The 19th annual Store Manager Award winners are:
Category A (1-49 stores)
Al Gartner, Lunds & Byerlys, Woodbury, Minnesota
Category B (50-199 stores)
Kathy Sweigert, Giant Martin’s, State College, Pennsylvania
Category C (200+ stores)
Pam Hudson, Dillons Food Stores, a division of The Kroger Co., Hutchinson, Kansas
Category D (International)
Joanne Walker, SPAR Northern Ireland/Henderson Group, Co. Down, N. Ireland
2018 Store Manager People’s Pick
Mitch Cochran, Food City, Cleveland, Tennessee
Each 2018 Store Manager Award winner receives a $1,000 prize and a crystal award. For the fourth year, FMI continued to host the “People’s Pick” Facebook contest that received more than 8,800 votes. The “People’s Pick” contest winner receives a special trophy and $500 to celebrate his or her store’s employees.