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Giant Food Stores, LLC in Carlisle, Pa. awarded its Nick Riso Outstanding Achievement Award to v.p. of advertising and marketing Denny Hopkins at its annual business meeting earlier this month. Hopkins is responsible for the advertising, marketing, consumer affairs, public relations and health and wellness departments, as well as serving as a company spokesman.
"Denny...has demonstrated leadership and dedication that mirror the standards of excellence set by Giant Food Stores' former president, the late Nick Riso," said Giant Food Stores president and c.e.o. Carl Schlicker in a statement.
Nominees for the award must present an outstanding record of contribution to Giant's success through selfless dedication, honesty and equity toward others, and a cooperative spirit and concern for the betterment of the company, its associates, and their families. Additionally, candidates must make significant and lasting contributions to the retailer's long-term success and serve as an example to others.
"Denny has helped Giant strengthen our ties to the community with his deep commitment for giving back to local organizations and his charitable ethic," noted Schlicker.
Hopkins joined Giant in 1966 as a part-time bagger, eventually rising to become a department manager, store manager, specialist, district manager, and regional v.p. of store operations.
Ahold-owned Giant Food Stores operates stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia under the Giant Food Stores, Martin's Food Markets, and FoodSource banners.