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The Woman Grocers of America (WGA) hasa named Pamela D. Murray of K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., its Woman of the Year, and will present her with the award Feb. 5 at the Chairman's Dinner and Gala during the 2009 National Grocers Association (NGA) Annual Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase in Las Vegas.
Steven C. Smith, K-VA-T president and CEO, and Barbara Thomas, director of training, nominated Murray. "While it's somewhat unusual to nominate a candidate who is not the owner, president or SVP of a company, many times the key to a company's character and soul is determined by individuals like Pam, who is an inspiration not only to her fellow co-workers, but also to anyone that comes in contact with her," they wrote in their nomination.
The WGA Woman of the Year award recognizes an industry woman whose leadership has contributed to the success of her company. To qualify, she must be a member of the National Grocers Association and other industry organizations whose participation and involvement contributes/contributed to the overall well-being of the grocery industry, and must be a community-focused citizen committed to serving the needs of her neighbors, associates and customers through involvement in community and civic affairs.
According to WGA, Murray earned the admiration and respect of her fellow associates throughout her 28 years of employment with Abingdon, Va.-based K-VA-T (Food City's parent company), and her outstanding business ethics, high moral values and selflessness provide an example for those working with and around her.
Murray has been involved in numerous company related organizations and events such as United Way, Big Brother/Big Sister, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Associates and East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Additionally, she volunteers her personal time and talents to help coordinate the hospitality tent and suites for Food City's four annual NASCAR races, assist with the annual Miss Food City's Pageant, help organize the Virginia's Best Bagger contest and oversee coordination of Food City's annual associate fundraising projects to assist needy families during the Christmas holidays, as well as being a member of the Women Grocers of America.