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54 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Senior-LeveL executiveS Lyn rySe Marketing Director, Market of choice Ryse's work was fundamen- tal to the growth of Market of Choice, an independent, fam- ily-owned grocer in Oregon, as she directly influenced the company's look and voice. She was heavily involved in the company's opening of its ninth store, in Beaverton, Ore., working with the owner/presi- dent and an interior designer on fixtures and furnishings for all departments, and planning and directing ad campaigns and promotions in the new market. Ryse was pivotal in a new endeavor for the company: repurposing a historic lum- ber mill into an event center in just 90 days to host a ma- jor event; the renamed Venue 252 opened on time and has been in high demand since. HeatHer Stouffer founder/ceo, Mom Made foods LLc Within the past year, Stouffer has grown her 10-em- ployee company's revenue by 89 percent, filling the need for healthy, convenient frozen meals and snacks at several national retail accounts. Her mission was to bring America's families back to the dinner table while showing them how to eat more conscious- ly and healthfully on the go. A onetime recipient of Wash- ington Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award, Stouffer belongs to a raft of professional and community groups, including Martha's Table, where she volunteers to help cook for and educate vul- nerable children and families about healthy eating. Lynette ackLey vP, Merchandising, Meijer Ackley worked toward making Meijer a true destination location for health and wellness; her vision included overseeing the rollout of an elevated skin care and VMS (vitamins, minerals and supplements) offering to 30 target stores; the strategy involved creating an enhanced in-store shopping experience through lower-profile shelving. lighting, experiential graphics and a store- within-a-store layout. She expanded product assortment to include more prestigious skin care brands and specialty VMS brands. Ackley was instrumental in driving sourcing growth in several categories, working through the Global Sourcing Office in Hong Kong. She also works as a mentor to her colleagues in Hong Kong. cinDy SorenSen vP, Business Development, Midwest Dairy association A "go-to" source for the dairy industry, Sorensen was a key presenter at the Feeding America Food Sourcing and Op- erations Learning Conference FED Talks in Chicago and at the Feeding America Conference. A regular contributor to in- dustry media, she developed the Milk for My Plate purchase model. Sorensen is a member of Network of Executive Women and the research and insights operating committee of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. She is also the current VP of membership on the execu- tive committee of the board of directors for Women Grocers of America, a program of the National Grocers Association. JiLL neLSon Director, Supply chain Systems, the kroger co./ technology Nelson led efforts to modern- ize solutions in Kroger's supply chain and corporate technology areas to meet such foundational objectives as agility, cost-effec- tiveness, security, scalability and supportability; as part of this effort, her team designed, developed and tested an appli- cation that served as a proof of technology for next-generation cloud-enabled applications. She oversaw the market assessment and testing of new voice technologies, and selected the company's next-generation voice-picking solution. Under her leadership, associate engagement scores have increased by three percentage points. SHaron roBertS General Merchandise Manager, apparel, the kroger co. While the apparel industry had flat to negative identical- store sales, Roberts and her team increased sales by 7.5 percent; they accomplished this by driving key items that she championed throughout the year, including Bearpaw Boots and men's polo shirts. She and her team joined forces with a vendor to revamp the cold-weather program for all divisions, updating the quality and fashion level of the items of- fered, and led the development of the first flash sale in Kroger Marketplaces, which drove first- time sales of $650,000. Roberts served on a YWCA fundraising committee that helped raise $100,000 annually. terri roSe Director, floral Merchandising, the kroger co. Rose drove major changes in logistics to overcome the time and temperature challenges in- volved in moving floral product to warehouses. The changes re- sulted in a one- to two-day time savings and the requirement of a more consistent temperature set- ting to maintain fresh product. She generated double-digit sales by changing Kroger's long- standing Consumer Bunch program, the company's second- largest sales commodity, to a more European program of pre- mium products in all divisions. Rose is a member of the PMA Floral Council, the Women's EDGE resource group at Kroger and the Produce Floral Cultural Council, among other industry associations. cHarity HeGeL vP, finance, Litehouse inc. Hegel, a CPA, achieved VP status at the age of 42, after 10 years of service at Litehouse, a maker of salad dressings, dips, sauces and marinades. Tasked with implementing a financial planning and analysis de- partment at Litehouse, she helped build key performance indicators and metrics across the organiza- tion, which greatly contributed to record-breaking growth and profitability for the company. A member of many trade and professional organizations who was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary Inter- national, Hegel also mentored her fellow employee-owners in alignment with Litehouse's core values, as well as the company's culture of striving for perfor- mance and improvement.