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Judy Spires, president of Supervalu's Acme Markets' subsidiary, has been named recipient of the 2009 Paradigm Award, the Philadelphia region's most prestigious award for businesswomen.
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) will formally honor Spires for her "outstanding professional and personal achievements" at a gala luncheon on March 12 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Grand Ballroom.
The chamber of commerce presents the Paradigm Award annually to a singular woman in business who is distinguished as an influential executive of a profit-making enterprise with a strong local economic impact.
With 16,000 employees at 130 stores, Spires presides at the helm of the largest food and drug retailer in the highly competitive Delaware Valley market, which includes the Greater Philadelphia region and surrounding states.
A 30-year Acme Markets veteran, Spires, the daughter of an Acme bread truck driver, began her career as a teenage clerk in the 1970s. Prior to being named to her current post, She served in a variety of roles for the chain, including president of both the Albertsons Dallas/Fort Worth Division and the Rocky Mountain Division.
A past Progressive Grocer Women in Grocery recipient, Spires serves on the chamber of commerce's executive committee, as well as on its board of directors. In addition, she is on the boards of the Forum Foundation, which provides resources for the development of women; Variety, The Children's Charity; the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the New Jersey Food Council; the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association; and her alma mater, LaSalle University. She is also a member of the International Women's Forum, serves on the Advisory Council of Esperanza, and is a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Network of Executive Women.
"Judy is a phenomenal role model for women in business and women who want to go into business," said Renee Amoore, president/c.e.o. of The Amoore Group and chair of the Paradigm Committee. "She's inspired women with her outstanding professional and personal achievements and truly serves as a model for success."
For more information about the awards luncheon, call 215-790-3675 or visit greaterphilachamber.com.