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STORE
MANAGERS

Elise Rowton

Kanika Sodhi

Team Leader,
Wakefern, Unilever

Store Director,
Albertsons Cos./
Denver, Albertsons
#1791,
Windsor Colo.

Store
Managers

Sodhi completely transformed Unilever's
relationship with retailer cooperative Wakefern Food Corp.
by connecting with all levels to
deliver a compelling strategic partnership grounded in
results: 4.6 percent growth in
personal care, and 4.9 percent
in Unilever's foods business.

Whenever a new
process was introduced to the
district, Rowton is one of the first
to master it and then volunteer
to be the district champion to
train others; she also develops
individual team members.

She built two key programs:
Growing Roots - Seed What's
Happening, to teach consumers
healthier eating habits, and the
Right on Girls self-esteem initiative with the Dove brand.

Her consistent standards in
operations and service have generated close to double-digit sales
growth on a two-year stack, and
she continues to find ways to
better the operation and reduce
expenses while driving positive
sales growth.

Thanks to her passion for her
job and her strong work ethic,
Sodhi's reach has extended far
beyond the Wakefern business
- she also offers her viewpoint
on initiatives within Unilever's
corporate headquarters.

Rowton conducts daily service
huddles by department/category,
during which results are shared
and celebrated publicly, while
making time in her busy schedule
to privately coach struggling
associates.

Lisa Kloc

Store Director,
Albertsons Cos.,
Jewel-Osco #3495,
Bensenville, Ill.

Kloc has mentored a new deli
manager and two assistant
grocery managers; recruited,
identified, hired and mentored
a liquor manager; and assisted a deli manager working in
a training program for store
managers.
Alhough her store is only a year
and a half old, she has brought it
from negative to positive earnings
and reduced shrink a full percentage point since her arrival.
Among her community
activities, Kloc attends the
City Toy Drive each holiday
season, visits hiring fairs at
the local high school, and has
hosted a Fill the Truck food
bank event in her store.

Reannon
Emmot

Store Director,
Albertsons Cos./
NorCal Division,
Albertsons #290801, Eureka, Calif.

At the time of the October 2017
North Coast fires, with a nearby
fire raging over an area larger
than 36,000 acres and several
others also burning in her district,
Emmot led her store exceptionally well, keeping employees safe
and ensuring the availability of
supplies for the community.
She worked with first responders by making sure they had
water, and gave donations to the
rescue teams working tirelessly in
the community.
During and after the fires, Emmot worked with every affected
employee to get them connected
with human resources and Albertsons' internal crisis management team.

Julie Meza

Chanaya
Watson

Store Director,
Albertsons Cos./
NorCal Division,
Albertsons
#1576-01, Santa
Rosa, Calif.

Store Director,
Albertsons Cos./
NorCal Division,
Albertsons #150703, San Francisco

Assigned to a newly acquired
store, Meza played an important
role in getting the location remodeled, merchandised, staffed
and ready for its grand opening
in just a few weeks.
At another store, she worked
unceasingly to keep the location
running despite severe fires
spanning 145,000 acres; she
connected first responders and
the community with supplies,
and affected employees with the
resources needed to get through
and move beyond the crisis.
Meza has volunteered to be a
certified training store director
and frontline leadership trainer for
new store directors.

Watson contributed to district
operations by volunteering to be
a training store director for prospective assistant managers.
She positively affected overall
standards and out-of-stocks at
her new store - one of the busiest and most complex locations
in the entire company - bringing
it from a negative to a positive
sales trend, even with a serious
competitor only 100 yards away.
Watson volunteered to train
as the backup center store
operations specialist for her
district, handling all center store
merchandising and operations
for 22 Bay Area stores and
functioning as the backup to the
district manager.

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