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98 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Rising staRs teResa tuRley District Manager, the Kroger Co./ Delta Division Under Turley's leader- ship, the division saw a 4.91 percent rise in net sales; she helped store managers evalu- ate their in-stock positions and implement new shelf- stock scanning. She made safety a prior- ity, and as a result, accidents among associates and custom- ers alike decreased. Spending more time with her associates allowed Turley to coach each one on the importance of customer service, leading to increased satisfaction scores. A charter member of the Delta division Women's EDGE associate resource group, she has also received the Ambas- sador Award from Network of Executive Women. Buffy tuRneR senior Merchandiser, the Kroger Co. Turner was instrumental in the overall design of Main & Vine, leading the merchan- dising team at Kroger's new fresh-centric store in the Seattle area. Through col- laboration, she led the team to create a game-changing go-to-market strategy. Her success was attribut- able in part to her ability to manage cross-functional teams throughout Kroger's many business units. While on Kroger's HBC team, Turner was responsible for the development of the promo- tional plan strategy; she's recognized as a leader in the industry and a champion for the customer. genise WaDe Director, Human Resources and Diversity, the Kroger Co./ turkey Hill Dairy Wade introduced High Performance Work Systems (HPWS) at Turkey Hill Dairy, making it a role model for the rest of the division. As part of the rollout, she designed a new organizational structure for a number of departments. She worked directly with the VP of operations to usher in HPWS and led roundtables with hundreds of associates to get their feedback. Wade was the inaugural recipient of the Spirit of Lancaster Award, which recognized her efforts in leading a successful campaign for United Way that raised more than $1 million for the charitable organization. ann WeisMan technology Manager, the Kroger Co. As Kroger's technology organization underwent a large reorganization, Weis- man effectively restructured her team and workload across three teams while maintain- ing transparency with all teammates and zero loss of productivity. She reduced the overall number of applications by 26 percent, and improved end-to-end operations by defining and implementing standards for support and project delivery. Weisman took on a new role within Kroger's Women's EDGE resource group, that of com- munity involvement steering committee chair. WHitney RiCe Pharmacy Clinical sales Manager, the Kroger Co./fry's Under Rice's leadership, overall pharmacy clinical sales beat the budget by 99 percent and exceeded prior- year sales by 95 percent, with non-flu immunizations up 100 percent. She trained 120 pharma- cists for a diabetes certificate program and 30 pharmacists in medication therapy man- agement (MTM). Rice was chosen as a Next- Generation Pharmacist award finalist, Patient Care Provider, 2015. She is a member of Fry's Pharmacy Division Accuracy and Health and Wellness com- mittees, as well as a number of state health organizations. KRistine RogeRs Merchandiser service Deli/Bakery, the Kroger Co./fred Meyer Rogers and her team suc- cessfully opened 11 Star- bucks coffee shops and three Murray's Cheese Shops, and expanded the Boar's Head pro- gram; their division was No. 1 in sales per store for these specialty programs. She completed the Today's Manager, Tomorrow's Leader executive education program offered by Portland State University's Center for Retail Leadership. She sits on the board of directors for Fred Meyer Gold Star, an assistance program that helps associates in times of need. KyleaH Russell District loss Prevention Manager, the Kroger Co./ Mid-atlantic Division Russell recruited a highly talented customer service manager to help address ongo- ing cash loss in the district; this effort led to a 50 percent reduction in cash loss. She hosted a full week of loss prevention training for the Mid-Atlantic division's loss prevention team, also helping to develop a comprehensive defensive merchandising training manual. Russell opened 118 loss prevention cases during the year, 112 of which were found- ed, and also handled several sensitive investigations for the division. Melissa stiMaC Produce Merchandiser, the Kroger Co./fry's Stimac and her team helped increase identical-store sales by 5.7 percent from the year before, and beat the total divi- sion's trend for the year. Produce shrink for the year finished at 4.64 percent, one of the strongest results across the entire Kroger enterprise. Stimac and her team encouraged associates to engage in more sampling with customers, and also created a monthy push item in the pro- duce department, which gen- erated an average of $500,000 in extra sales monthly.