Progressive Grocer

JAN 2017

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36 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | January 2017 Judy Spires Feted as 2016 Trailblazer Judith A. Spires, chairman and CEO of KB Holdings Inc., parent company of Kings Food Markets and Balducci's, was honored as the PG /NEW 2016 Top Women in Grocery Trailblazer, which recognizes a single industry executive whose leadership, vision and influence have helped break new ground for women in the retail food industry. Prior to accepting the pinnacle award, key mem- bers of the Trailblazer award sponsor team – Meg Major, of Progressive Grocer ; Marla Daudelin, of PepsiCo/Frito- Lay; and Bobbie O'Hare, of JOH, who represented the Network of Executive Women – offered personal tributes to Spires, who leads Parsippany, KB Holding President/CEO Judy Spires accepting her Trailblazer award Albertsons' Elizabeth Erpelding and Dawn Mack L-R: PG 's Meg Major, PepsiCo's Marla Daudelin, 2016 TWIG/ NEW Trailblazer Judy Spires and JOH's Bobbie O'Hare EnsembleIQ SVP/Brand Director Jeff Friedman L-R: Kings Food Markets' Maryann Klejmont, Jessica Gasser, Laura Granston, Maral Banks, Carol Donnoli, Monica Bonamego, Claudia Hauser, Lisa Durante and Richard Durante Kroger's Angie Steinberger and her husband, Matt The Hershey Co.'s Stephanie Shein Berman and Jeff Harsh L-R: Albertsons' Clarissa Hebert, Cathy Fields, Dione Baird and Connie Yates Celebrating Kroger's Top Women in Grocery are, L-R, Johnathan Moore, Kelli McGannon, Kathleen and Charles Wilks, and Sharon and Annie Roberts PG 's Meg Major welcomed the 550 event guests. Cocktail reception before the awards presentation Marie Quintana, president, Velocity Marketing Group, served as emcee of the gala awards presentation N.J.-based Kings, a regional gro- cery chain with 25 stores located throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

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