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Store ManagerS Sherry Miller Store #6445, hatfield, Pa., ahold USa/ giant Carlisle Miller moved to a new store in late 2015 to improve per- formance and boost associate morale; her previous store saw sales increases of up to 10 percent versus the prior year. Her store's engagement scores increased by six points and budget performance rose from the prior year. Miller held regular meetings with associates to discuss sales and strategies for reduc- ing shrink and optimizing merchandising; held employ- ees accountable through con- sistency, communication and mutual respect; and increased morale with fun events and celebrations of goals met. Wanda reed Store #0351, Salisbury, Md., ahold USa/ giant landover Leading a team of 140 as- sociates, Reed took her store to the top position in her division for price image among shoppers, earning plaudits from leadership for exceptional morale and store conditions. She took pride in help- ing others, from mentoring assistants to sharing experi- ences and giving honest and constructive feedback. Reed's involvement with her store's community included rais- ing funds for the local elemen- tary school and veterans group, partnering on food drives, placing special-needs adults in the workplace, and encouraging her team to volunteer. Mary rePaSS Store #0348, Clarksville, Md., ahold USa/ giant landover Repass' store launched several Giant initiatives, including price cuts, product launches and new technology. She gained team sup- port by involving associates and getting their feedback, leading to her store's selection as the pilot for Giant's Store of the Future. Her store held a Thanksgiving pie drive for Meals on Wheels, helped the 4H Youth Club by purchasing a prize-winning steer and held other events such as Photos with Santa. A role model for her district, Respass was always available to associates for direction and advice. regina SUe SWeeney Store #8101, Woodbury n.y., ahold USa/Stop & Shop new york Metro Despite undergoing a major remodel last year, Sweeney's store exceeded all sales goals and had record-breaking sales weeks. Through her member- ship in the local chamber of commerce, she kept her store involved in many community activities. Sweeney received several customer service and com- munity service awards, as well as Stop & Shop's Triple Winner Best of the Best award; she also served as the green captain for her district and encouraged all members of her team to be better neighbors.