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    FMI Seeks Candidates for 2005 Maxx Award

    WASHINGTON, DC -- The Food Marketing Institute has issued a call for entries for the Fourth Annual Maximizing People Potential Award, also known as the "Maxx" Award. The awards recognize exceptional training and human resources initiatives in the food retail industry.

    WASHINGTON, DC -- The Food Marketing Institute has issued a call for entries for the Fourth Annual Maximizing People Potential Award, also known as the "Maxx" Award. The awards recognize exceptional training and human resources initiatives in the food retail industry.

    The Maxx Award is given to a retail or wholesale company that creates a human resources or training initiative that significantly enhances the performance of employees or results in the achievement of a key business goal. The competition is open to any FMI retailer/wholesaler member company that registers a representative for the 2005 FMI Human Resources/Training & Development Conference (HR/T&D), which this year will be held Sept. 18 to Sept. 21 in San Francisco.

    Award submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

    --The extent to which the program yields a tangible ROI for the organization over a sustained period.

    --The effect of the program on workplace learning and performance, including influence on practitioners and thought leaders in the company.

    --The use of minimal outside products and support materials, which can't consist of more than 50 percent of the submission.

    Interested companies must submit a detailed 2,000- to 2,500-word report on the program's focus and scope, and how it boosted overall business performance over the past year. All entries must be postmarked by Aug. 17.

    Three finalists will be presented to HR/T&D Conference attendees, who will then vote for the most exceptional program, which will be revealed at an awards dinner at the conference. The winning company will receive an engraved trophy, acknowledgement in 2006 Maxx Award promotional materials, and recognition on the FMI Web site and in FMI Spectrum magazine.

    Among the past winners are Raley's in 2004, Hy-Vee in 2003, and Big Y Foods in 2002.

    For additional information on the award, contact FMI's Kimberly Roberts, at (202) 220-0720 or [email protected]).

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