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For the 15th consecutive year, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has unveiled its slate of Store Manager Award finalists, four of which will be named grand-prize winners on June 11 at the FMI Connect show in Chicago.
Of the 10 finalists, one grand-prize winner will be chosen from each of the four categories:
Category A (1 – 49 Stores)
- Larry Hack, Martin’s Super Markets #16 in Granger, Ind.
- Jeffery Iwamuro, Potash Markets on Clark Street in Chicago
- David Tutorow, Martin’s Super Markets # 17 in Elkhart, Ind.
Category B (50 – 199 Stores)
- Kate Allred, Lowes Foods #161 in Clemmons, N.C.
- Chris Turner, Brookshire Grocery Co. in Ruston, La.
- John Wild, Family Fresh Market - SpartanNash in River Falls, Wis.
Category C (Over 200 Stores)
- Randy Kruse, Ames No. 2 Hy-Vee Inc. in Ames, Iowa
- Dough Malenoski, King Soopers, a division of The Kroger Co., in Littleton, Colo.
- Ray Waldrop, Bi-Lo in Rock Hill, S.C.
Category D (International retailers – companies operating outside North America):
- George Katsifolis, Alfa Beta Kalamata 3, a company of Delhaize Group in Kalamata, Greece
In recognition of store managers' efforts to achieve positive sales growth and customer satisfaction, finalists were judged on the following criteria: leading, mentoring and motivating associates; communicating company goals and store milestones to associates; executing innovative in-store programs and/or special events that improve overall customer service and community relations; and improving the financial performance of the store.
Each finalist will receive two complimentary registrations for FMI Connect and three nights of hotel accommodations in Chicago. The four grand-prize winners will each receive a $1,000 prize and a crystal award.
Arlington, Va.-based FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion.