The Food Marketing Institute, at its FMI Connect event in Chicago June 20-23, honored Piotr Soja, manager of the Northampton, Massachusetts, Big Y store, as a top store manager. Soja was named the top store manager in the Class B (50-100 stores) category. In presenting the award, FMI said, “For Piotr Soja, going the extra mile for his staff delivered more profit to the bottom line and earned his store number one in the company for employee satisfaction and engagement. He has shown the highest degree of commitment to creating and continuing partnerships with local growers, manufacturers and vendors.”
Other store managers FMI presented awards to are: Class A (1-49 stores)—Alberto Ayala, Northgate Gonzalez Market, Los Angeles, California; Class C (more than 200 stores)—Josh Birmingham, The Kroger Co., Holland Ohio; and Class D (international)—Ted Pigeon, Overwaitea Food Group, Victoria, B.C., Canada. The 2016 Store Manager People’s Pick Award went to Jon Wieser of Festival Foods, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Each of the selected store managers received a $1,000 prize and a crystal award.