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108 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Rising staRs amanda KeefeR director, marketing Communications, Produce for Kids Keefer successfully coor- dinated several Produce for Kids programs and campaigns, including the annual flag- ship retail campaigns, a new Produce for Kids Club promo- tion, and a digital Power Your Lunchbox campaign for the back-to-school season. She worked closely with the digital marketing manager to launch the company's first printed cookbook through Amazon.com, and bolstered the organization's social media following by 96 percent. Keefer took the lead on a new partnership with Feeding Amer- ica, in which Produce for Kids donated more than $270,000, the equivalent of 3 million meals, to needy families. Chelsey Jones director, sales, Pyure Brands llC Jones contributed sig- nificantly to a 100 percent growth of the business over the past 12 months; she re- cently added 10 points of ACV in the natural specialty chan- nel, leading to an additional $200,000 in sales. Thanks to her efforts, H-E-B is now the company's second-largest retail customer. She was honored for her ac- complishments with Pyure's Superstar Award for 2015. Her data analysis and reporting was instrumental in gaining authorizations from several key retailers. A member of the Pyure Promise Committee, Jones assisted with contributions to local charities. JaCKie dalimonte lead specialist, Chef and food experience, sobeys Charged with reimagining the overall food culture of Sobeys, Dalimonte was project lead on the creation of a na- tional catering brochure for all of the grocer's regions across Canada, resulting in an uptick in catering platter sales. In her previous role with the company, she created the Sobeys Urban Fresh catering program from the ground up and oversaw many culinary innovations. As project lead for the Nutella Café by Sobeys Urban Fresh, Dalimonte worked closely with Ferrero Inc. to successfully manage the café's design, menu, marketing and execution. KaRen KoRytowsKi general manager, supply Chain hR and lean operations, smart & final Korytowski introduced and led the LEAN process improvement program in Smart & Final's supply chain and corporate office, which resulted in more than $550,000 in documented savings last year. She also took over human resources responsibilities last year for all of the company's distribu- tion centers. Through Smart & Final's on- line recognition program, she received more than 200 formal recognition notes from associ- ates across the company. Korytowski attended the 16-week USC Food Industry Management program, where she was recognized as Student of the Year by her peer group. JenifeR menz senior Customer supply Chain leader, Procter & gamble Menz led her supply chain team to win both the cus- tomer business development and product supply functions' Top Service Team awards, largely based on the transfor- mation in service performance between Procter & Gamble and H-E-B, which was then jointly leveraged to drive additional business growth. Hers was the only North American customer team to deliver targeted customer service metrics every month in the 20 months since that award was established. Menz was a frequent volun- teer and guest speaker at Uni- versity of Texas supply chain classes, and she volunteered at a local women's shelter. taRa Powell account executive, Procter & gamble Working with Publix for more than a decade, Powell outpaced company growth in her business area and over- delivered versus fair share on strategic new initiatives. She was rated among the top 10 percent of her peers in the sales function and selected for the honor of the Procter & Gamble CEO Award for her exemplary business and organizational results. Powell won the Shave Top Customer Team Award for her strong sales fundamentals, which led to her exceeding expected results, as well as the Always Discreet Award for her exceptional go-to-market launch plans. lauRa titshaw Kroger Regional account executive, Procter & gamble Heading the Procter & Gamble portfolio for two Kroger divisions, Titshaw grew the regional team's sales through leadership, discipline, customer penetration and sell- ing excellence. She managed this business holistically to understand what else the re- gional teams required to drive the business. She helped reduce out-of- stocks, created tourist store distributions to manage seasonality, led the testing and expansion of on-shelf availability, and developed and delivered incremental P&G in-store marketing events. Titshaw was named an Indispensable Rep for the Atlanta division. uRsula (ula) iRiaRte senior Customer supply Chain leader, the Procter & gamble distributing Co. Iriarte worked to deliver a 25 percent improvement in event forecast accuracy, de- livered a 20 percent customer inventory reduction and 8 per- cent reduction in the number of trucks, and co-led an effort to improve inventory run- down, closeout and conversion management processes to reduce annual reclaim costs. A leader in Procter & Gamble's Charlotte, N.C., mar- ket diversity development and support efforts, Iriarte was an active member of the compa- ny's Women Managers Network and PS Latino Network. Outside of the organization, she was a Special Olympics volunteer and St. Jude Hospi- tal partner.