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Six Meijer Employees Garner Highest Company Honors

Meijer Legacy Awards

Meijer has announced the six recipients of its 2023 Legacy Awards, the highest recognition an employee can receive from the grocer.

They were recognized in two categories – the Fred Meijer Award and the President’s Award. Named for the retailer’s co-founder, the former goes to an employee who demonstrates humility, generosity and passion for serving others. The latter honor recognizes workers who have an impact on the company’s success. 

“Meijer was built on a solid foundation of values – focusing on our customers and treating our team as family,” said Hank Meijer, executive chairman.

“Despite how much we have grown or how fast the industry changes, these values guide us along a path of positive growth. The Legacy Awards shine a spotlight on the leadership, innovation and service of our team members who work hard every day to help shape the Meijer legacy.” 

Complex Director Fred Walker is the 2023 Fred Meijer Award recipient. 

The company described Walker as a person of “impeccable integrity who has built strong relationships with community leaders and represents the company in several organizations, including the United Way, Peckham Institute in the Lansing Community and the Lansing Community Center.”

He also serves on several committees at Meijer, including for Great Place to Work, contributing to its fifth straight year of certification.

The five President’s Award recipients are: 

  • Brandon Ford, store director in Avon, Ohio; 
  • Cris Jones, senior real estate manager in Grand Rapids, Michigan; 
  • Amy Messing, specialist of senior organization development in Grand Rapids, Michigan;
  • Sahar Nabbud, cashier in Shelby Township, Michigan; and
  • Chris Thurner, indirect procurement support manager in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“Few things embody our culture more than our annual Legacy Awards,” said President and CEO Rick Keyes

“These awards are especially meaningful because they’re decided based on nominations from the winners’ peers and co-workers. I’m honored to recognize their accomplishments in living our company’s values and making a positive impact on the people around them.” 

About Meijer

The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer operates more than 500 supercenters, Meijer Grocery, neighborhood markets and Express locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. 

Privately-owned and family-operated since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, apparel and pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics.

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