2014 Winners

Senior-Level Executives

Karmelita Middlemiss
VP Business Insights, Central Region
Acosta Sales & Marketing

Kathy Caldwell
EVP, Walmart Team Leader
Acosta Sales & Marketing

Rebecca E. Steele
Chief Human Resources Officer
Acosta Sales & Marketing

Teri D. Amthor
VP Sales, Bi-Lo Holdings Team
Acosta Sales & Marketing

Vilma Consuegra
SVP Corporate Communications, Acosta Sales & Marketing

Katie Bianchi
Chief HR Officer
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Jill Griffin
President IN Marketing Services
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Kim Hsieh
VP Strategy & Integration, IN Marketing Services
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Margaret “Meg” Preston Levene
SVP Northeast
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Valerie Bernstein
SVP Business Development, IN Marketing Services
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Kristina Rota
VP Accounting & Control
Ahold USA

Tara Fallon
VP Associate Engagement & Development
Ahold USA

Kathy Brady
VP Merchandising, Bakery & Service Deli
Albertsons

Tammy Bailey
President
Bailey’s Family Investments/Bailey’s IGA

Cheryl Forehand
VP Bakery
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC

Lynn Boston
VP HR & Talent Management
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC

Mary Kellmanson
SVP Marketing
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC

Nancy Chagares
SVP Fresh Foods
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC

Amie Petersen
Group VP Operations
Blackhawk Network

Chrissy Vonderach
CIO
Blackhawk Network

Talbott Roche
President
Blackhawk Network

Ginger McCullough
VP Training & Change Management
Brookshire Grocery Co.

Rae Champagne
VP Education & Communications
Brookshire Grocery Co.

Sheila G. Mains
Founder & CEO
Brownie Brittle

Christine Curtis
SVP Sales & Account Management
C&S Wholesale Grocers

Tracy Moore
SVP Merchandising, Marketing, Supply Chain/Trade Relations
C&S Wholesale Grocers

Stacy Pugh
Chief Customer Care Officer
Coca-Cola Refreshments

Julie Beck
GM, PromoWorks
Crossmark

Michelle Sutter
VP Retail Operations
Crossmark

Sherene Jagla
VP/Managing Director
Crossmark

Carla Cooper
President & CEO
Daymon Worldwide

Carol Reindel
VP Global Marketing & Strategy
Daymon Worldwide

Rhonda Levene
CFO, Daymon Worldwide & Chief Customer Officer
North America Private Brand

Tami Polmanteer
Chief HR Officer
Daymon Worldwide

Virginia Morris
VP Strategy & Insights
Daymon Worldwide

Cambria Jacobs
VP Marketing & Customer Service
Door to Door Organics

Maria Machita
VP Consumer Sales & Marketing
Domino Foods

Angie Westermeyer
Team Leader-Category Analytics
Empire Marketing Strategies

Jacqueline Vargas Donovan
VP Marketing & e-Commerce
Fairway Market

Dagmar T. Farr
SVP Member Services
Food Marketing Institute

Karen Stout
VP Merchandising-Nonperishables & Private Label
The Fresh Market

Kymm Bartlett Pollack
VP Marketing Snacks Division, Sweet/Savory
General Mills

Liz Nordlie
VP Marketing, Business Unit Director
Pillsbury, General Mills

Lisa Henriksen
SVP Marketing & Own Brands
Giant Eagle

Elise Cortina Fennig
VP Industry Affairs & Collaboration
Grocery Manufacturers Association

Amanda Jones
Sr. Director Strategic Food Customers
The Hershey Co.

Kate Gruninger Johnson
Sr. Director U.S. Consumer Products
H.J. Heinz Co.

Jennifer Mauldin
EVP & Chief Client Officer
Inmar

Kim Reed
SVP
The Kellogg Co.

Annette Franke
VP Customer Solutions & Services
The Kroger Co.

Kathy Book
Director Fresh & Ready Meals-Deli/Bakery
The Kroger Co.

Laura Shea
Director of Adult Beverages
The Kroger Co.

Suzanne Lindsay-Walker
Director of Sustainability
The Kroger Co.

Stephanie Sammons
Director General Merchandise
The Kroger Co./Fred Meyer

Monica Garnes
VP Merchandising
The Kroger Co./Fry’s

Heather Anfang
VP, Retail Sales-Dairy Foods
Land O’Lakes Inc.

Madeleline D’Amato
Founder/Chief Love Officer
Love Grown Foods

Lauren G.R. Johnson
“Leader of the Pack”/COO
Newport Avenue Market

Kathy C. Sgro
Chairwoman & EVP
Pay-Less Supermarkets

Bonnie Johnson
Sr. Principal Scientist
PepsiCo

Kate Garner
VP Shopper Marketing
PepsiCo

Teri Valentine
CEO
The Perfect Bite

Jane Novak-Cook
VP, Customer Business Development, Food Channel, North America
Procter & Gamble

Barbara Walker
SVP Consumer Marketing
Safeway Inc.

Carrie Rasmussen
VP IT Customer Service & Support
Safeway Inc.

Deborah Karbo
VP Development
Safeway Inc./Property Development Centers

Dian Emerson
VP Human Resources, Business Services & Diversity
Safeway Inc.

Diane Dietz
EVP/Chief Marketing Officer
Safeway Inc.

Elizabeth Shoemaker
VP Integrated Marketing
Safeway Inc.

Elsie Wolfe
VP Meals & Ingredients
Safeway Inc.

Katherine Coler
VP Federal Government Relations
Safeway Inc.

Kathleen Smith
VP Loss Prevention
Safeway Inc.

Larree Renda
EVP, Safeway Inc.
Chairwoman, The Safeway Foundation

Linda Nordgren
VP/GM Home Care & General Merchandise
Safeway Inc.

Lori Raya
President, Safeway Inc./Vons

Melissa Plaisance
SVP Finance & Investor Relations
Safeway Inc.

Michele Silva
VP Human Resources
Safeway Inc.

Monica McCombs
Group VP Supply Chain Planning & Procurement
Safeway Inc.

Nancy Cota
VP Consumer Brands, Category Development
Safeway Inc.

Shawn Lovering
VP Sales
Safeway Inc./Safeway Health

Tonya Herring
VP Category Development Consumer Brands
Safeway Inc.

Traci Adams
VP Floral
Safeway Inc.

Valerie Wilson
VP Marketing Operations
Safeway Inc.

Mary Moorkamp
Secretary & General Counsel
Schnuck Markets Inc.

Leeann Dias
Director of Marketing
Shaw’s

Mary Dalimonte
SVP Merchandising & Commercial Programs
Sobeys Inc.

Lauren Rene Hunter
VP Finance, SpartanNash/MDV

Linh Peters
VP Marketing
SpartanNash

Cindy Chikahisa
Sr. Director Operational Support
Sprouts Farmers Market

Diana Lucas
VP Vitamins & HBA
Sprouts Farmers Market

Kim Coffin
VP Grocery
Sprouts Farmers Market

Ellen Dixon
SVP Worldwide Marketing
Symphony EYC

Debra Music
VP Sales & Marketing
Theo Chocolate

Robin Vogel
SVP Store Procurement, Member Services & Demand Planning & Replenishment
Topco Associates LLC

Signe Franzen
Division Controller
Unified Grocers Inc.

Anna Mancini
VP Merchandising
Valu Merchandisers Co.

Karen Meleta
VP Consumer/Corporate Communications
Wakefern Food Corp.

Lorelei Mottese
Director of Government Relations
Wakefern Food Corp.

Shirl Stroeing
VP/CIO
Weis Markets

Rising Stars

Eve Gigis
Category Manager
Acme Markets

Janis Levit
Pharmacy District Manager
Acme Markets

Marianne Nice-Trionfo
Division Front End Operations Manager
Acme Markets

Jennifer Kwon
Client Team Leader
Advantage Sales & Marketing

 

Shelly Everett Jacoby
Director Sales
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Alison Farrell
Director of Pharmacy Third Party
Ahold USA

Lucia Brower
Director of Store Innovation
Ahold USA

Melissa Hess
Director of IM Finance
Ahold USA

Michelle Merchant
Category Manager Ethnic, Specialty & Kosher
Ahold USA

Sarah Reynolds
Director of Marketing Planning
Ahold USA

Sharon Eiswert
Director of Marketing & Merchandising Insights
Ahold USA

Alexandra Oles
Manager of Staffing & Diversity
Ahold USA/Giant-Carlisle

Danielle Harper
Manager of Quality Assurance
Ahold USA/Giant-Carlisle

Anne Golding
Finance Manager
Ahold USA/Giant-Landover

Peg Merzbacher
Sr. Director of Regional Marketing
Ahold USA/Peapod

Gisselle Perez
Sr. Manager of Diversity & Talent Management
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop New England

Jean Limerick
Human Resource Director
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop New England

Kristina Stefanski
Director Quality Assurance
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop New England

Ann Nichols
Director of Diversity & Talent Management
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop Metro New York

Cynthia Flannery
District Director
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop Metro New York

Lynn Scavullo
Director of Operations Support
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop Metro New York

Gineal Davidson
Manager of Customer Satisfaction, Front End Operations & Retail Integrity
Albertsons

Lisa Gossett
General Merchandise Sales Manager
Albertsons

Suzanne Long
Director of Corporate Initiatives
Albertsons

April Rice
Director of Retail Sales
Associated Food Stores (AFS)

Barbara Drennan
Director of Account Management, Northeast
Balance Innovations

Anita Hedden
Regional Sales Manager-Deli/Bakery
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC
Donna Madere
Operations Excellence Specialist
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC

Ora Esquivel
Regional Sales Manager
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC

Susan Moore
Director of Family Care
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC

Julie Babyak
Corporate Dairy Sales Manager
Big Y Foods

Marybeth Bolduc
Corporate Floral Sales Manager
Big Y Foods

Merle Zamansky-Coen
Manager of Creative Services
Big Y Foods

Nicole Schneider
Sr. Manager of Pharmacy Operations
Big Y Foods

Pam McCarthy
Real Estate Manager
Big Y Foods

Theresa Jasmin
Director, Corporate Controller
Big Y Foods

Charlotte Weller
Health Services Manager
Brookshire Grocery Co.

Carmen Brace
Director of Insights & Strategy
ConAgra Foods

Aimee Ferreira Becker
Sr. Director of Global Branding & Marketing Strategy
Daymon Worldwide

Janet Oak
Sr. Director of Strategy & Insights
Daymon Worldwide/Galileo

Lisa Olverson
Finance Manager
Farm Fresh/Supervalu

Kristen Talley
Director Operations
Food Lion/Concord, N.C., Region

Sherry Ritenour
Director Operations
Food Lion/Fredericksburg, Va., Region

Delony Spraggins
Director Operations
Food Lion/Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Region

Kathryn Sowers
Director Operations
Food Lion/Statesville, N.C., Region

Lisa Hodges
Director of Operations
Food Lion/Waldorf, Md., Region

Angela Rassi
Associate Director
General Mills

Amy Stein
Director of Talent Acquisition
Giant Eagle

Caroline Passerrello
Manager of Dietitian Initiative Program
Giant Eagle

Jean Colarik
Sr. Director & HR Business Partner-Retail
Giant Eagle

Jennifer Greevy
Director of Internal Communications & Recognition
Giant Eagle

Jessica Tonti
Team Member Recognition Administrator
Giant Eagle

Karen Priore
Director of HR
Giant Eagle

Karina Crain
Sr. Marketing Manager, Market District
Giant Eagle

Patti Tavelli
Deli Category Manager
Giant Eagle

Sue Toy
Director of Category Leadership
Hillshire Brands

Patti Jackson
Director of Trade Analytics
Hillshire Brands

Amy McCarthy
Purchasing Specialist, HBC
Hy-Vee Inc.

Angie Dachenbach
AVP IT Projects
Hy-Vee Inc.

Bree Cooper
Director of Retail Facilities
Hy-Vee Inc.

Heather McAnally
AVP Operations, West Central District
Hy-Vee Inc.

Kristin Williams
AVP Pharmacy Services
Hy-Vee Inc.

Shelby Endicott
Purchasing Specialist, GM
Hy-Vee Inc.

Lily Edwards-Callaway
Head of Animal Welfare
JBS USA

Alura Stewart
Operations Specialist
Jewel-Osco

Connie Zaio
Licensing Coordinator
Jewel-Osco

Kim Connery
Sales & Merchandising Manager-Liquor
Jewel-Osco

Stacey Brown
Director of Labor Relations & Employment Law
Jewel-Osco

Kristy Daisey
Manager of Compensation, Benefits & HR
Kings Food Markets

Amy Edwards
Sr. Manager of Retail Industrial Engineering, Labor & Expense Business Solutions
The Kroger Co.

Cherie Wiley
Coordinator Drug/GM Merchandising
The Kroger Co.

Jodi Chapman
Manager Mercury Program Core Technology Team
The Kroger Co.

Karla May
Sr. Manager Logistics
The Kroger Co.

Kim Traylor
Sr. Regional Construction Manager
The Kroger Co.

Peggy Merschbach
Loss Prevention Transaction Monitoring Manager
The Kroger Co.

Sarah Balemian
Corporate Labor Manager, Special Assignment Deli/Bakery Process Change Innovations
The Kroger Co.

Christy Williams
Talent Manager
The Kroger Co./Atlanta Division

Jade Duane
Natural Foods Sales Manager
The Kroger Co./Atlanta Division

Melissa Miller
Sr. Food Safety Manager
The Kroger Co./Central Division

Jessica Miles
Human Resources Leader
The Kroger Co./Columbus Division

Lindsey Taylor
Real Estate Manager
The Kroger Co./Columbus Division

Andrea Tyson
District Director
The Kroger Co./Delta Division

Kim Kellum
District Operations Coordinator
The Kroger Co./Delta Division

Diana Krauser
Sales Manager GM/HBC
The Kroger Co./Food 4 Less

Raylene Gamboa
Service Deli/Bakery Coordinator
The Kroger Co./Food 4 Less

Kim Swearingen
Customer Communications Manager
The Kroger Co./Fred Meyer

Melinda Merrill
Manager Community Affairs
The Kroger Co./Fred Meyer

Sharon Lantz
Bakery/Deli Merchandiser
The Kroger Co./Fry’s

Tina Crean
Drug-GM Merchandising/Martketplace
The Kroger Co./Fry’s

Lindsay Agnew
Human Resources Coordinator
The Kroger Co./King Soopers

Sally Moragas
Operations Coordinator, District 1
The Kroger Co./King Soopers

Lydia Joo
Sr. Manager Change Management
The Kroger Co./Kroger Personal Finance (KPF)

Lanell Ohlinger
Human Resources Leader
The Kroger Co./Michigan Division

Rachel Ross
District Manager
The Kroger Co./Michigan Division

Denise Holliday
Deli/Bakery Coordinator
The Kroger Co./Mid-Atlantic Division

Erin Haithcock
Customer 1st Manager
The Kroger Co./Mid-Atlantic Division

Shannon Toth
District Manager
The Kroger Co./Mid-Atlantic Division

Phelicisima “Pheli” Roberts
Clinical Care Coordinator
The Kroger Co./Mid-South Division

Debra English
Grocery Merchandiser
The Kroger Co./QFC Division

Melissa Pena
Manager Environmental Affairs
The Kroger Co./Ralphs

Marla Fielder
Pharmacy Merchandiser
The Kroger Co./Southwest Division

Melanie Reiland
Director, Customer Marketing-U.S. Dairy Foods
Land O’Lakes Inc.

Jodie Felter
Director of HR
Niemann Foods Inc.

Linda Rudicil
Director of Risk Management
Niemann Foods Inc.

Amy Elizabeth Bosek
Sr. Director of Sales-Southeast
PepsiCo

Carrie Carroll
GM PepsiCo Sales for Dollar General
PepsiCo

Emily Kiely
Director of Insights
PepsiCo

Jennifer Reilly
Sr. Director of PepsiCo Sales-Midwest Region
PepsiCo

Michelle Bellah
Director of Chilled Juices & Drinks Kroger Team
PepsiCo

Barbara Kelly
Customer Team Marketing Manager
Procter & Gamble

Lori Proctor
Sr. Retail Supply Manager
Procter & Gamble

Carrie Green
Sr. Account Executive
Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC

Sue Quillen
Buyer
Publix Super Markets

Christina Fink
District Manager
Save-A-Lot/Supervalu

Linda Markus
District Manager
Shop ‘n Save/Supervalu

Wendy Zahradka
District Manager
Shoppers Food & Pharmacy/Supervalu

Denise Brockert
Manager Buying Analytics
Smart & Final

Holly Jensen
Real Estate Manager
Smart & Final

Julia Bischoff
Sr. Category Manager
Smart & Final

Karen Korytowski
General Manager of LEAN
Smart & Final

Heather Heckman
HR Director
SpartanNash

Kimberly Gillen
Sr. Director of IT Standards & Processes
SpartanNash

Marlo Savage
Director of IT Programs Management Office
SpartanNash

Sara Blasing
Director of Training & Development
SpartanNash

Jennifer Czekai
Brand Manager
SpartanNash

Yvonne Balk
Manager ITAD Finance/HR System
SpartanNash

Sharon Fleener
Director of Export & Quality Assurance
SpartanNash/MDV

Lynn Burnett
Director of GM & HBC
Supervalu

Sarah Louden
Director Corporate Human Resources
Supervalu

Andrea Teal
GM
Teal’s Market

Donna Nasser
Sr. Director of Center Store Procurement
Topco Associates LLC

Kathleen Oakes
Director of Dairy/Bakery
Topco Associates LLC

Karri Zwirlein
Category of Manager Deli/Prepared Foods
Tops Markets LLC

Kathleen M. Allen
Manager of Community Relations
Tops Markets LLC

Sue Kelchlin
Manager of Risk Management
Tops Markets LLC

Susan Peters
Deli/Bakery Specialist
Tops Markets LLC

Abby Fox
Manager of Procurement Strategies
Unified Grocers Inc.

Karen Cononetz
Sr. Director of Procurement
Unified Grocers Inc.

Tina Juarez
Director of Benefits
Unified Grocers Inc.

Katherine Magann
Product Manager of Content Solutions
Vestcom International

Monica Amburn
Sr. Director of Health & Wellness
Vestcom International

Patty Packard
Director of Nutrition & Regulatory Affairs
Vestcom International

Gretchen Suydan
Director of Marketing
Weis Markets

Karla Warren
District Manager
Weis Markets

Maria Panko
Sr. Manager of Private Brands & Specialty/Natural/Organic/Ethnic
Weis Markets

Michelle Dorin
Director of Pricing
Weis Markets

Patti Olenick
Sustainability Manager
Weis Markets

Store Managers

Barbara Patterson
Ahold USA/Giant-Carlisle
Chadds Ford, Pa.

Mary Ann Owens
Ahold USA/Giant-Carlisle
Lancaster & Ephrata, Pa.

Kendra Logan
Ahold USA/Giant-Landover
Ellicott City, Md.

Bridget Vallely
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop New England
Newport, R.I.

Connie Tassielli
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop New England
Southington, Conn.

Melinda McCarthy
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop New England
Provincetown, Mass.

Melody Marchioli
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop New England
Norwell, Mass.

Stacey Dauplaise
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop New England
West Springfield, Mass.

Tammie Smith
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop Metro New York
Medford, N.Y.

Willa Kagan
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop Metro New York
Hampton Bays, N.Y.

Misty O’Dell
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC/Bi-Lo #5555
Greenwood, S.C.

Ashley O’Dell
Bi-Lo Holdings LLC/Winn-Dixie #434
Anniston, Ala.

Kathy Guertin
Big Y World Class Market
Lee, Mass.

Jackie Kerby
Buehler’s Food Markets Inc.
Canton, Ohio

Linda Gammelgaard
Cub Foods
Maple Grove, Minn.

Donna Chew
Defense Commissary Agency
Joint Base McGuire-Dix
Lakehurst, N.J.

Phyllis Black
Defense Commissary Agency
Marine Corps Air Station/Cherry Point Commissary
Havelock, N.C.

Rhonda Mauldin
Food Lion, Store #2212
Simpsonville, S.C.

Christine Knapik
Giant Eagle #4032
Stow, Ohio

Jennifer Smith
Giant Eagle #5817
Cleveland

Michelle O’Brien
Giant Eagle/Market District #1620
Uniontown, Ohio

Angie Nelson
Hy-Vee Drug Store
Jefferson, Iowa

Melissa Draheim
Hy-Vee Store
Rochester, Iowa

Kathleen Murphy
Jewel-Osco Store
Barrington, Ill.

Rhonda Robinson
The Kroger Co./Atlanta Division #631
Opelika, Ala.

Krista Austin
The Kroger Co./Cincinnati/Dayton Division #466
Florence, Ky.

Karla Brown
The Kroger Co./Columbus Division #851
Canal Winchester, Ohio

Michelle Guzzo
The Kroger Co./Delta Division #440
Lakeland, Tenn.

Melissa “Missy” Rodriguez
The Kroger Co./Food 4 Less/FoodsCo #316
Fresno, Calif.

Kristy Bowers
The Kroger Co./Fred Meyer #053
Covington, Wash.

Penny King
The Kroger Co/Fry’s #676
Goodyear, Ariz.

Jimmie “Lynn” Hackler
The Kroger Co./King Soopers/City Market #406
Durango, Colo.

Mary Beth Baker
The Kroger Co./Louisville Division #397
Frankfort, Ky.

Natalie Rubino
The Kroger Co./Michigan Division #729
Commerce, Mich.

Kady Sanogo
The Kroger Co./Nashville Division #57
Hendersonville, Tenn.

Katy Melin
The Kroger Co./QFC #838
Bothell, Wash.

Norma Mijangos
The Kroger Co./Ralphs #44
Los Angeles

Abbi Kimball
The Kroger Co./Smith’s #72
Park City, Utah

Elena Sharbutt
The Kroger Co./Smith’s #439
Albuquerque, N.M.

Debbie Grubb
Marsh Supermarkets LLC, Store #75
Muncie, Ind.

Aissata Deme
Publix #282
Atlanta

Kathy Lobinsky
Publix #1231
St. Augustine, Fla.

Kerri Tubbs
Publix #1122
Orlando, Fla.

Kerry Teems
Publix #507
Eustis, Fla.

Melissa Caldarella
Publix #1219
Lutz, Fla.

Missy MacQueen
Publix #362,
Royal Palm Beach, Fla.

Sue Orden
Publix #30
Aventura, Fla.

Terri Brown
Publix #1422
Tifton, Ga.

Tiffany Raley
Publix #525
Augusta, Ga.

Trish Heenan
Publix #645
Plantation, Fla.

Erika Gargalikis
Raley’s #304
Oakley, Calif.

Jacki Jensen-Roth
Raley’s #445
Lodi, Calif.

Karen Brodovsky
Raley’s #522
Gold River, Calif.

Linda Freeze
Raley’s #247
Yreka, Calif.

Natalie Slatter
Raley’s #231
Loomis, Calif.

Nichole Leddy
Raley’s #524
Folsom, Calif.

Terry Gump
Raley’s #1075
Reno, Nev.

Linda Del Pino
Shaw’s/Star Market
Boston

Lynnette Nettles
Shop 'n Save #1810
Florissant, Mo.

Monique Ayala
Smart & Final #521
Riverside, Calif.

Regina Amezquita
Smart & Final #305
San Dimas, Calif.

Vera Argote
Smart & Final #304
Glendale, Calif.

Sara Rasmussen
SpartanNash/Bag N Save #784
Omaha, Neb.

Brenda Wagner
SpartanNash/Econofoods #328
Red Wing, Minn.

Sue Thornton
Tops Market #360
Canastota, N.Y.

 

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