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102 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Rising staRs BRigid gilmoRe director, Portfolio/scale marketing, Category and shopper development, nestlé Usa Gilmore led a nationwide effort to support Nestlé's 150 th anniversary, uniting the Nestlé portfolio in an integrated shopper, consumer, digital and in-store program. Program results showed great consumer engagement and retailer support, as the company exceeded January financial expectations across the full portfolio for the first time in more than seven years. Gilmore was involved in a variety of organizations, including as a core team mem- ber for the Women in Nestlé Sales (WiNs) internal strategic initiative. shawna Ronald director, sales, Club division, nestlé Usa As part of the company's strategic growth business unit, Ronald and her team grew market share by 80 basis points in 2015, and she was instrumental in partnering for new opportunities both with key global and regional accounts. By working on multiple strategic initiatives with key accounts, she helped cre- ate new items that garnered breakthrough results for the company while enabling a new way of business. A member of the Network of Executive Women, Ronald was also active in her chil- dren's school and aided local charities and organizations. linsey walkeR team leader sales-target, nestlé sales division, nestlé Usa Walker worked to propel $212 million in direct frozen sales, with an annual positive growth of 4.7 percent. Her team achieved this annual growth even after having to pull back on promotion and encountering manufacturing challenges. Walker became a lead for an internal strategic initiative, Women in Nestlé Sales (WiNs) and a mentor in the sales division. She was recognized in "Who's Who in Digital Shop- per Marketing" from Path to Purchase Institute and active in her division's mentoring program. taRyn andeRson Front end operations supervisor, niemann Foods inc. After a supermarket burned to the ground, Anderson led team meetings, starting the night of the fire, in the store parking lot and continuing through ongoing sessions with city representatives and associates. For the next 10 months, she took care of associates' needs, from employment at the company's other area stores to compensation issues, all while still carrying out her primary job responsibilities. According to Anderson's su- pervisor, she maintained her level of professionalism and consideration for all associates during this challenging time. Jamie laRson director, Corporate tax, meijer Larson teamed with a small group of tax professionals to simplify the tax treatment of store remodels and refresh costs, which led to a Retail Industry Issue Resolution in late 2015. Demonstrating multifaceted tax and accounting skills, as well as the practical applica- tion of data analytics, she was a strong advocate for Meijer and the retail industry. Larson was an active member and leader in the West Michigan chapter of the Tax Executive Institute, and volunteered her time with a youth hockey league as a coach and mentor. Jenn maRtin merchandise Planning manager, otC healthcare, meijer Martin was a company trainer for the rollout of a new category management process, helping increase her department's sales by more than 8.9 percent over the previous year while improving inventory turn. She teamed with vendors on supply chain efficiency pro- grams to maximize the supply chain flow while minimizing the amount of unproductive inventory. Martin won Meijer's Fearless Leader award for her role in opening a Meijer pharmacy within a hospital, a first for the grocer, and is an active member of the Network of Ex- ecutive Women, representing Meijer at many of its events. maUReen mitChell director, market, grand traverse, meijer Mitchell oversaw the open- ing of two new stores in her area, with a total of 300 new team members that were recruited, hired and trained under her direction. She was instrumental in rolling out an interview and scheduling process designed to increase retention at the store level, and in the formalization of a 90 Days and Beyond program to drive career development and internal opportunities. Mitchell was recognized for her achievements with a 2015 Michigan Works Employer of the Year award. She drove results across the Meijer foot- print by enhancing leadership job profiles and redefining the market director job. amanda metCalFe director, employee development, metcalfe's markets Metcalfe increased staffing from 90 percent to 98 percent, spearheaded an electronic recruiting/onboarding process, created an employee appre- ciation program, established an online employee training program, launched a first-ever employee engagement survey and implemented a new human resources information system, among other accomplishments. She began a program, Kickin' it with Tim & Kevin, in which Metcalfe's co-owners work alongside employees in various departments to build engage- ment and improve morale. Metcalfe worked with such groups as the Wisconsin Grocers Association and the National Grocers Association.