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116 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Rising staRs KRisty gRubbs Performance Consultant, supervalu Grubbs' training programs helped independent customers drive sales growth, develop more efficient operations, and engage and train future store and business leaders. She implemented a training program that prepared Super- valu's independent customers to operate the new Shoppers Value Foods format. Grubbs helped develop Supervalu University Day, spotlighting the company's training and delivering 15 educational courses to more than 1,500 participants. She also led Supervalu's six- month Department Manager Academy, which she helped develop. LoRi Lannan Director, Employment Law, supervalu Lannan spearheaded and led a project overhauling several employment hand- books, designed to ensure that employees understand com- pany policies and to help the company navigate complex situations. She led the company's compliance efforts with new Fair Labor Standard Act regulations related to the proper classification status of employees across all segments of the business. Lannan developed and deployed extensive training on the Americans with Dis- abilities Act, which directly resulted in better handling of issues across the organization with concise, informative and engaging training. JEnnifER McDonaLD Director, Merchandising- independent business, supervalu McDonald played a lead role in establishing Super- valu as the primary sup- plier with a new independent retailer customer, providing support as it acquired new stores and converted them to a new format. She helped solve store conversion problems and store ordering and in-stock chal- lenges, and with her team, delivered training materials and system support for the retailer's merchandising staff. McDonald's team drove incremental sales growth of more than $140 million through such initiatives as seasonal candy programs and retailer-specific private label promotions. ann nEff finance Manager, supervalu/save-a-Lot Neff was recently promoted to her current role for her quality work that included weekly sales and margin forecasts for the merchandis- ing, procurement and pricing teams that allowed for quick, accurate results. She developed a team that strengthens every day, converted and automated manual reports, and redevel- oped forecasting models and improved the accuracy of the forecasting process. Neff successfully took the lead for sales and margin planning for the annual bud- get, and willingly stepped in to assist with several market- ing projects. MoniCa ELLiot safety and food safety Manager, supervalu/ farm fresh In her role overseeing both occupational and customer safety, Elliot evinced a dedica- tion and passion for food safety that set the tone for the entire Farm Fresh banner. She also played an active role in the community by participating in the Virginia Beach Mayor's Action Challenge Committee and the Healthy Virginia Beach Steering Committee. A team player, she assisted the sister Shoppers banner during a vacancy in its safety and food safety manager role, offering training and general store assistance. Elliot helped build a corporate program on food safety certifica- tion that provided educational tools for store employees. KERRiE fLatEn Director, senior Planning and Execution, supervalu Flaten was responsible for the strategic direction and direct management of retail execution of category strate- gies, managing a $20 million- a-year program. She improved efficiencies and effectiveness by build- ing, executing and managing best-in-class processes for retail execution that reduced planning time frames and leveraged outside CPG/food broker resources at store level. Flaten expanded her team to manage retail banner and re- gional store deployment manag- ers and store setup coordinators to ensure flawless execution at store level that encompassed both company-wide and locally relevant requirements. JEanniE fuRLan senior Manager, Category and Data strategy, supervalu Furlan led the development and advancement of Superva- lu's SVInsights data solution, providing CPGs and brokers access to internal POS data and metrics, and demonstrat- ing how to leverage the tool to make data-driven merchandis- ing decisions. Her category strategy and insights leadership resulted in the development of two category business plans, for bottled water and cookies/ crackers. Furlan led the cross-func- tional enterprise effort for the development of a beverage de- partment strategy playbook, and the revamp of a category management business plan process. LauRiE gLauDE Human Resources Director, supervalu/farm fresh Supporting a retail banner of 41 retail stores and about 4,000 employees, Glaude drove leadership accountabil- ity through training and skill building. In partnership with store directors, she designed a men- torship plan and action items for the 10 least engaged stores to boost morale and change the culture. Glaude created a process for consistent onboarding of new hires, rolling out a successful pilot program that included "train-the-trainer" programs to decentralize training for the deli and expedite the productivity of new employees.