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Gary Jennings, SVP/division manager for Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., was named Supplier of the Year by the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association. He was selected by retailers for his outstanding commitment to customers, including offering guidance, support and respect.
Jennings’ grocery career began in high school, and after graduating from college, he worked as part of Safeway’s management team for 14 years. In 1986, he joined Malone & Hyde/Fleming and was promoted to Memphis division president in 1999. AWG acquired the Fleming Memphis division in 2003 and Jennings became a part of the AWG team.
TGCSA's award underscores Jennings' philosophy that “a manager is only as strong as the people who support him,” which is further supported by his commitment to open communication with all associates to achieve the goal of successful retailer members.