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JUN 2016

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Rising staRs sue aRmstRong Bakery/Deli Consultant, supervalu Representing the Cham- paign/Chicago marketing area, Armstrong provided guidance and expertise in new store openings and major remodels, as well as strategic operational analysis. She built a measurable busi- ness with Chicago-area Shop and Save Stores — a recently affiliated retail group — as- sisting with merchandising, productivity, schedule writing and product handling. After Armstrong consulted on best store bakery/deli implementation at the Salem, Ill., IGA, both departments increased their profitability. KRistina Bagley sales and operations Fresh sales Consultant, supervalu Bagley participated in 46 successful Northwest store conversions as locations tran- sitioned from Albertsons and Safeway to Haggen stores. She led fresh department efforts in several locations, where — with four months less time to meet objectives than other fresh consultants — she exceeded her terri- tory initiative goals by 14.55 percent. In the final quarter of this fiscal year, Bagley rose to the challenge of covering both the distribution center's territo- ries for fresh departments. niCole CRites senior Financial analyst, supervalu/save-a-lot Responsible for the preparation and consolida- tion of the annual budget, Crites developed significant improvements to the annual budget process, and created a zero-based budget process for accounts that were previously developed based on trend history. She mentored other financial analysts who made significant progress through- out the year. Crites serves on the Save-A- Lot United Way and Volunteers in Action committees. She has been a Big Sister and mentor for the past four years and is a member of the MESA group at Save-A-Lot. DagmaR Diethelm Director, technical services, supervalu Diethelm managed a mul- timillion-dollar budget and a team of direct and third-party professionals. She successfully led and completed a complex high- budget initiative on the technical side of a major systems upgrade of Super- valu's HCM suite of applica- tions, delivering the project on time and within scope and budget, without any signifi- cant business disruption. Diethelm identified and im- plemented the consolidation of the company's disparate recruiting applications into a common platform, resulting in a multimillion-dollar cost savings for the company. miChelle Downs Director, Finance, supervalu/shoppers Food & Pharmacy Downs assumed full fi- nance responsibilities for the Hornbacher's retail division, becoming responsible for the financial management of two divisions of the company, in- cluding full fiscal 2017 finan- cial planning and budgeting. She developed a compre- hensive daily sales planning and forecasting tool for the 54-store retail division, which improved sales-forecasting capabilities. Downs boosted the fore- casting performance of mul- tiple SG&A (selling, general and administrative) accounts for the current year's results. ChRistine DwyeR Director, Finance, supervalu/Cub Foods As part of an initiative to reduce expenses by $6 million, Dwyer led the development of new tools to identify areas of loss from shrink and provide better insight into labor forecasts to adjust and avoid unnecessary expense. She developed additional analytics regarding market- area performance that allowed merchants to target invest- ment decisions for maximum performance. Dwyer leveraged analytical expertise to translate strate- gic initiatives into actionable financial plans that contrib- ute directly to the organiza- tion's success. MELLISA ERICKSON Rising Star Corporate Bakery Merchandiser Congratulations to all of this year's Top Women in Grocery recipients CORPORATE OFFICE 301 S. Warren St. Orwigsburg, PA 17961 BOYERSFOOD.COM CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RISING STAR! S H O P F A S T & S A V E M O N E Y S H O P F A S T & S A V E M O N E Y

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