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Publix Recognizes 12 Employees With Highest Company Honors

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The George W. Jenkins Award recipients

Publix has announced the 12 employees who have been recognized as recipients of the 2023 George W. Jenkins Award and the 2023 President’s Award. These company leaders were honored at this year’s annual Publix retail operations conference Nov. 16-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

George W. Jenkins Award

The George W. Jenkins Award is named after Publix’s founder, known to employees as “Mr. George.” Recipients of the award exemplify leadership, perpetuate the Publix culture and demonstrate commitment to his ideals.

As part of the award, each recipient is presented with a special green Publix jacket, marking them as a member of this group of honorees.

“For 93 years, we’ve remained committed to making Publix a great place to work and shop,” said CEO Todd Jones. “I am proud of these leaders for their dedication to Publix and upholding the values and philosophies of Mr. George in their work.”

The President’s Award recipients

The 2023 recipients are:

  • Atlanta Division: Joy Daniell, store manager in Florence, Alabama.
  • Charlotte Division: Josh Stubblefield, store manager in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Jacksonville Division: Wes Oliver, store manager in St. Johns, Florida.
  • Lakeland Division: Denise Peterson, store manager in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Miami Division: Carlos Fonseca, store manager in Miami, and
  • Support: Ken Stanger, senior director of accounting.

President’s Award

The President’s Award recipients are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. They are role models to others by demonstrating exemplary leadership.

“These managers lead with a passion for mentoring associates,” said President Kevin Murphy. “Their ability to continually grow their teams while providing premier service is inspiring and helps nurture a caring culture for every member of the Publix family.”

The 2023 employee recipients are:

  • Atlanta Division: Sean Franklin, district manager;
  • Charlotte Division: Vicki Parker, district manager;
  • Jacksonville Division: Abe Gonzalez, district manager;
  • Lakeland Division: April Young, district manager;
  • Miami Division: Lillian Cook, district manager; and
  • Support: Katie Scanlon, senior director of pharmacy administration.

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