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Store ManagerS Kathy Sweigert Store #6012, altoona, Pa., ahold USa/giant Carlisle Through teamwork and en- gaging associates, Sweigert's store achieved an 8 percent sales increase, along with record sales in pharmacy and natural and organics. Her store boosted Own Brand penetration, improved nonperishable shrink, in- creased EBIT distribution and implemented an internal food safety audit program that lifted the store's year-to-date food safety score. Sweigert achieved an optimal work-life balance by empower- ing her team to be their best while being an involved mother of three young children. geralyn SzCzUrKo Store #0497, westborough, Mass., ahold USa/Stop & Shop new england After her promotion from sales specialist, Szczurko dra- matically improved employee morale, resulting in improved attendance, less turnover and reduced shrink. She pushed her team to think outside the box for mer- chandising displays, resulting in double-digit identical-store sales in natural foods and new- store lifetime sales records in the natural food category. Dedicated to team devel- opment, Szczurko promoted several associates to leader- ship roles in the industry and mentored others on their way to promotions. ilhaM tarboUz Store #0743, arlington, Va., ahold USa/giant landover Tarbouz led her store to step up its community involvement, including food drives and recycling pro- grams, boosting the results each time. Leading by example with high standards and ex- pectations, she identified qualified associates to train, coach and develop toward promotions. Tarbouz emphasized associ- ate recognition, selecting win- ners at department manager meetings and honoring them with certificates and pins at a recognition breakfast. MiChelle witCher Store #0639, Stratford, Conn., ahold USa/Stop & Shop new york Metro A firm believer in associate development, Witcher led her store to a very successful year that included a 27 percent reduction in nonperishable shrink and more than 1 per- cent perishable shrink while all categories saw 2 percent to 9 percent improvement. She mentored many employ- ees and drove the assistant manager training program, doubling its completion rate in 2015. The associate develop- ment score improved to 72 per- cent in 2015 from 52 percent. Witcher was recognized by Stop & Shop for bottom-line profit and capital efficiency.