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FMI Recognizes Five Store Manager Award Recipients

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Last updated on May 18th, 2023 at 06:24 pm

FMI – The Food Industry Association has announced the five recipients of the 2023 Store Manager Awards.

From 175 nominations, 12 finalists were honored during a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Heather Garlich, SVP for communications, marketing and consumer/community affairs at FMI, and Brian Sappington, president of the retail portfolio, North America at The Coca-Cola Co.

“The Store Manager Awards is one of FMI’s greatest achievements. Its expansion through the years is a testament to the talented and diverse individuals that make up the food industry,” shared Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO.

“Our 2023 recipients are in a class of their own as they have maneuvered through post-pandemic challenges and shoppers’ changing behaviors, all while serving as pillars of their local communities and uplifting their workforce. It is an honor to recognize and celebrate them.”

Store managers are evaluated based on their ability to generate sales growth; effectively communicate company and store goals and objectives; demonstrate team leadership in their store/company; provide exceptional customer service through in-store programs; and improve community relations.

2023 Store Manager Award Recipients:

  • Category A (1-49 stores): Wander Rezende, Roche Bros.;
  • Category B (50-199 stores): Sean Conlon, Giant Food;
  • Category C (200+ stores): Delton Schafer, Albertsons Companies;
  • Category D (International): John Fox, SPAR Northern Ireland/Henderson Group; and
  • People’s Pick Category: Joel White, The Kroger Co. (King Soopers-City Market).

Four Grand Prize winners receive a crystal award and $1,000 each. The People’s Pick recipient is awarded a special trophy and $500 to celebrate their store employees. Profiles recognizing the achievements of all recipients can be found on the Store Manager Awards website.

“We are extremely honored and proud to be a part of the prestigious FMI Store Manager Awards,” said Sappington.

“It is our privilege to recognize and celebrate the dedication, innovation and leadership of outstanding store managers across the nation who work tirelessly to make a positive impact in their communities. Their efforts contribute significantly to enhancing the customer experience, driving growth and fostering a culture of excellence within the industry.”

The Store Manager Awards are supported by The Coca-Cola Co.

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