Iowa Grocers Honor 2 Indies
Denny Dietrich, president of Mount Vernon, Iowa-based Gary's Foods, last month was named the Iowa Grocery Industry Association (IGIA) 2013 Retailer of the Year for his impact on the industry and commitment to his store, employees and community.
"His store is a source of pride and a beacon of service in Mount Vernon, serving its residents and those from surrounding communities," said IGIA President Michelle Hurd. "You simply can't put a price tag on the value of his service to the grocery industry, and our board in particular. Few things will make me happier than seeing Denny receive this award at our Hall of Fame Dinner in November. He is a man of principle and a great representative for our industry."
Nominated by his peers, Dietrich has served 10 consecutive years on the IGIA board of directors. During his time on the board, he has served or chaired the following committees: Hall of Fame, GroPAC, Government Relations, Grocers Care Day and the Build with Bags Task Force. Additionally, Dietrich has taken an active role in ensuring that legislators at the state and national levels understand the effects of key legislation on the grocery industry, and is a leader among independent retailers in Iowa.
Rose Mitchell, Hy-Vee's recently retired SVP of governmental affairs, was also honored as IGIA's 2013 Legislative Leader. Mitchell joined West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee at its Ingersoll store in Des Moines in 1978 and went on to enjoy a productive 35-year career in the grocery industry.
"Rose has been a tireless advocate for the grocery industry," said Hurd. "It's amazing to walk into any room in the Capitol with Rose and see the tremendous respect everyone has for her, and the value they place on her knowledge and experience. It is truly an honor to present her with this year's Legislative Leadership Award."
From running the front end at the Ingersoll store, Mitchell applied to become the first trainer in the company. One job morphed into the next at Hy-Vee as Mitchell progressed from training supervisor to director of training to assistant VP of training, and onward to VP of education and training, making her the first female officer at Hy-Vee. In another first, she became the first woman named to the Hy-Vee board of directors in its 75-year history, in 1995. In 1996, Mitchell was promoted to VP of education and governmental affairs, which was followed by a promotion to SVP of education and governmental affairs in 2005.
In 2008, she joined the executive committee and became a permanent member of the Hy-Vee board. Recently retired, Mitchell assumed her most recent responsibilities, as SVP of governmental affairs, in 2010.
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