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Publix Honors Leaders With Company’s Most Prestigious Award

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Last updated on December 5th, 2021 at 07:22 pm

Lakeland, Florida-based Publix Super Markets recognized 12 leaders with the George W. Jenkins Award during a dinner celebration on Dec. 1. The honor – named after Publix’s late founder – was presented to seven store managers, three recently promoted district managers and two support leaders who exemplify leadership, perpetuate the Publix culture and demonstrate commitment to our founder’s vision.

The 2020 recipients are:

  • Store Manager Tim Bismarck, Sevierville, Tennessee;
  • Store Manager Don Bridwell Sr., North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina;
  • Store Manager Tom Stelzer, Lake Mary, Florida;
  • District Manager Mackenzie Mast (previously store manager in Sarasota, Florida);
  • Store Manager Brian Aten, Miami; and
  • Lakeland Warehouse Operations Manager Bill Pelham.

The 2021 recipients are:

  • Store Manager Janella Long, Vestavia Hills, Alabama;
  • District Manager Mike Skehan (previously store manager in Lexington, South Carolina);
  • Store Manager Kerri Tubbs, Orlando, Florida;
  • Store Manager David Sutton, Plant City, Florida;
  • District Manager James Saul (previously store manager in Boca Raton, Florida); and
  • Director of IT Application Delivery Terry Walden.

“We’re proud to celebrate this extraordinary group of associates,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “Their accomplishments and contributions to our company continue to perpetuate our Publix culture and carry on Mr. George’s legacy.”

Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. with more than 225,000 associates, currently operates 1,291 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. For 24 consecutive years, the company has been recognized by Fortune as a great place to work.

For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

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