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COVER FEATURE

2018 Top Women in Grocery
Aishia Kindig

Human Resource
Manager,
Supply Chain,
Smart & Final

Kindig led a
campaign to award and recognize important and top-performing employees, and also
created Smart & Final's new
Supply Chain Manager of the
Year award.
As a member of the company's
HR team, Kindig oversees two
distribution centers as well as
a crew of private fleet drivers;
she has improved the flow of
communication and engagement
between upper management
and associates.
Kindig works closely with
Smart & Final's charitable
foundation, not only volunteering
hours herself, but also recruiting
fellow employees to join in, especially for winter holiday events.

Karen
CalligarisRodriguez

Pharmacy
Procurement
Manager and
Pharmacy
Warehouse Manager, SpartanNash

Managing two direct reports
within warehouse and pharmacy,
Calligaris-Rodriguez led a product and price evaluation effort to
decrease the cost of goods by
$1.5 million in 2017.

Katrina
Peterson

Category Manager,
Southeastern
Grocers

Known for her
pricing and category management expertise, Peterson
developed a streamlined pricing
survey process that kept Southeastern Grocers priced competitively at the market level across
all stores, and was updated
weekly based on market conditions; she also created a process
allowing the team to plan circular
activity further into the future. 
She won the company's Merchandising Triple Crown Award
twice in a row, beating plan
metrics for Q3 and Q4 in fiscal
year 2017.
Peterson is involved with the
North Florida Frozen & Refrigerated Food Association as
one of Southeastern Grocers'
delegates.

Carlye Cordes

Consumer
Relations Manager,
SpartanNash

Adept at
understanding
customer styles and segmentations, Cordes, who manages
consumer relations at more than
140 corporate-owned stores
in eight states, as well as at
40-plus fuel centers, is noted by
Spartan Nash as a key player in
helping the retailer deliver a more
personal and relevant message
to the consumer.

She also led a project that
resulted in the opening of
SpartanNash's first warehouse
and pharmacy in October 2017,
and a new and more efficient
state licensing and accreditation
process within the firm.

Her work on SpartanNash's
loyalty program accounted for
more than $11 million in incremental sales in 12 months.

Active in her community,
Calligaris-Rodriguez volunteers
for the American Cancer Society
and the Walk for Life, as well as
for the West Michigan Knights of
Columbus Honor Guard.

Cordes devotes her time
in the community to various
organizations, including Kids'
Food Basket, and also teaches
dance to young children in her
own studio.

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Kristie
Bohn-Berman
Real Estate
Manager,
SpartanNash

Last year,
Bohn-Berman led a team effort
in reviewing outstanding leases
and early terminations that netted
a savings of $2.94 million for
SpartanNash.
She was instrumental in a
major acquisition involving the
integration of five new facilities,
including the company's first
USDA-certified food-processing
plant, and supported wholesale
distribution when independent
customers consolidated and sold
numerous retail locations.
Bohn-Berman was a key player
when SpartanNash's military
distribution network won a multimillion-dollar contract with a 90day implementation window and
it became imperative to lease a
30,000-square-foot warehouse.

Amy Ellis

Pharmacy
Services Manager,
SpartanNash

Recently, Ellis led
the clinical team's
initiatives to improve medication
therapy management (MTM)
services by collaborating with
physician offices to improve
patient care; the effort also led to
increased revenues of $200,000.

RISING STARS

Mary Brunsting
Director of
Network Systems
Engineering,
SpartanNash

A strong leader
within SpartanNash's information technology unit, Brunsting
was responsible for a string of
network systems improvements
that helped her company better
track, measure and identify more
than 120 project requests from
business partners.
She leads a 15-person team
that has deployed improvements
and upgrades in data and video
technology for all SpartanNash
locations and their customers.
Brunsting was selected by
senior leadership to serve as a
volunteer lead for SpartanNash's
Helping Hands in the Community Day; this year's effort raised
$76,600 for local community
organizations.

Sherry Ferebee
MDV Division
Controller,
SpartanNash

A self-professed
Microsoft Excel
"geek," Ferebee
has striven to make the MDV
finance department's systems
more user-friendly and efficient,
earning kudos from colleagues
along the way.

She was also a key player in
expanding the Opioid Safety
Project to 61 Michigan pharmacies, in the process making
SpartanNash the first major
grocery retailer in Michigan to
offer this kind of program.

She also played a critical
role in developing an overall
process for the new Revenue
Recognition Standard, developing tracking systems and an
ongoing review procedure of
the contracts as required by
the new accounting guidance.

Ellis is a member of the Michigan Pharmacists Association, the
American Pharmacists Association and the National Council
for Prescription Drug Programs;
locally, she sits on the Kent
County Opioid Task Force.

As a SpartanNash Community
Captain for the Norfolk Service
Center, Ferebee organized more
than a half-dozen events, including Helping Hands Day, Earth
Week and the SpartanNash
Foundation Pledge Campaign.


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