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COVER FEATURE

2018 Top Women in Grocery
Katherine Chin
Sourcing Director,
Albertsons Cos./
Supply Chain

Chin successfully leads a team
responsible for identifying, negotiating and managing spend of
more than $5 billion annually.
She planned and executed
the retailer's biggest own brands
event ever, bringing in 1,000
people from the retailer's vendor
community who were all focused
on helping position Albertsons
own brands as a leader in product innovation; suppliers raved
that it was the most organized,
fun and informative meeting of its
kind that they'd ever attended.
Chin planned a "Shark Tank"like event to meet with suppliers
and determine win-win ideas for
driving sales, ending with a pipeline of 1,600-plus new private
label items to launch and a larger
number of vendor partnerships.

Robin
Leatherwood

Technical Services
Manager, Blount
Fine Foods

Leatherwood's
recipe improvement efforts in the past year have
led to the removal of 3.8 million
parts-per-million of sulfites and
5.1 billion milligrams of sodium,
converting more than 1.3 million
pounds of meat and poultry
raised without antibiotics.
She has already completed
one degree, in culinary arts, and
another, in engineering, and is
currently working on a third, in
food science and industry, with a
focus on technology.
Leatherwood is an active
member of the Institute for Food
Technologists, both the national
and the New England chapters,
and volunteers at a local technical high school's culinary arts
department.

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Rosie Connolly
Human Resource
Manager,
Albertsons Cos./
Supply Chain

Connolly implemented key changes to recruiting
and hiring practices, including
the automation, re-engineering
and streamlining of processes to
enable more efficient operation.
She enhanced employee
retention within the first 90 days
of employment by modifying the
retailer's orientation program
to appeal to a wide diversity of
candidates; one of her ideas was
a home-grown internal video
reflecting "a day in the life of a
warehouse employee."
Connolly mentors and develops others through succession-planning strategies; this
has included creating a new
leadership development program
for high-potential employees
with individualized development
strategies for each person.

Deborah Bailey
Senior Manager,
Customer Service,
C&S Wholesale
Grocers

Among an array
of achievements,
Bailey exceeded all customer
service key performance indicators by more than 10 percent.
She implemented a customer
service outreach program to
build relationships and quickly address issues with C&S
Wholesale Grocers' independent
customer base, and also piloted
a revenue generation program
that yielded more than $50,000
during the pilot period alone;
this program is currently being
deployed to the entire customer
service network.
Bailey is an active participant
in the Network of Executive
Women, WiNGs and C&S' internal mentoring and networking
program, BragNet.

Heather
Standifer

Category
Manager II,
Associated
Wholesale Grocers

In addition to her normal category duties, Standifer added a
fifth Seasonal Candy rotation to
her duties with the introduction
of Associated Wholesale Grocers' (AWG) Summer Seasonal
Candy event, helping to grow
sales of seasonal candy by
$2.5 million for the year.
She oversaw and managed
the transition of all cookies and
crackers from DSD to warehouse
distribution for a major national
vendor, leading to an increase in
warehouse sales of more than
$90 million annually.
Standifer sits on AWG's
Annual Innovation Showcase
committee, which highlights
creative initiatives from 100plus supplier partners.

Damaris
Hernandez

Manager, Customer
Service, C&S
Wholesale Grocers

Hernandez and
her team played
an integral role in bringing an
entire line of perishable business,
both meat and produce, to her
customer base; she traveled
extensively to build key relationships that prepared her team to
support the initiative.
She has operated her contact
center with zero turnover in the
past year, compared with a 23
percent rate across the other
customer service centers -
evidence of her outstanding
"hearts and minds" approach to
leadership.
Hernandez is active with the
Network of Executive Women
and BragNet, C&S Wholesale
Grocers' internal networking and
mentoring program.

RISING STARS

Meaghan
Tetreault

Employee Services
Specialist, Big Y
Foods Inc.

Tetreault helped
transition 1,000 new employees
to Big Y's culture through consistent store visits, training and team
building in eastern Massachusetts, 100 miles from her home
and family, and also provided
support for two store remodels in
the district.
She created and implemented
a management development
workshop for 75 employee
services representatives in the
company to strengthen their skills
as true advocates.
Tetreault co-founded Big Y's
first employee resource group,
Women LEAD, and currently
heads a team of women members that developed a women's
mentorship program for the
entire company.

Risa Jenkins

Senior Category
Manager, C&S
Wholesale Grocers

Jenkins drove
outstanding results
in top-line sales
and gross profit, exceeding budget in ice cream (up 28 percent in
sales; 34 percent in gross profit)
and frozen (up 1.5 percent in
sales; 2.8 percent in gross profit).
She led center store category
managers in creating almost $1
million in incremental sales in the
Robesonia, Pa., division through
C&S' National Display Program.
Jenkins more than doubled
the frozen sales projection in
the January 2018 Robesonia
Web-a-Thon, and she completed
an extensive Frozen Food Month
program for C&S Wholesale
Grocers' national independent
footprint, generating $250,000plus in revenue.


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