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MAR 2017

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Industry Events FMI Midwinter Conference Find full coverage of this year's FMI Midwinter Conference at J oan Toth helped grow the Network of Executive Women (NEW) from a handful of members and partners into the retail and CPG industry's largest leadership organization. In fact, you'd have been hard-pressed to find a life that Toth hadn't touched when she was honored on Jan. 28 for her contributions, leadership and friend- ship at the annual Friends of the Industry dinner during the Food Marketing Institute's (FMI) 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Toth was treated to a standing ovation, flowers, a silver loving cup and the gratitude of countless folks offering their 28 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | March 2017 appreciation for her 15 years of dedicated service to NEW. She was elected treasurer of the organization in 2001, named executive director in 2002, and took on the new position of president and CEO from 2011 to the end of 2016. "As founding leader of NEW, Joan leaves a remarkable legacy," said NEW Board Chair Karen Stuckey, SVP for private brands and general merchandise, Walmart US, at Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. "Dur- ing her 15 years, Joan's passion galvanized a movement. She built a strong and growing organization representing 10,000 members, more than 100 corporate sponsors and 20 regional groups across North America." Among other endeavors, Toth previously launched Go- To-Market Strategies, a retail consulting firm, and was VP and publisher of Convenience Store News, a sister publica- tion of Progressive Grocer. e setting for Toth's celebration was the 16 th annual dinner of Friends of the Industry, which, in lieu of gifts or headliner entertainment for the banquet, allocates such funds to local charities and educational organizations desig- nated by FMI members. PG Friends Celebrate Joan Toth Industry applauds former NEW president/CEO. By Jim Dudlicek F on D F ar E w E ll Top photo: Joan Toth receives congratulations from ( l - r ) a ccenture's Mike Gorshe, n E w 's n ancy Krawczyk and n estlé Purina's Vicki Felker. Bottom photo: Toth is joined at the banquet by (front, l - r ) Felker, I r I's a nn r aider, (rear, l - r ) BizHive's Kim Feil, a costa's Tom Duffy, n E w 's r egenia Stein, Krawczyk, PepsiCo's r ose Bollman, and a merican Express' l eslie w ims-Morris and Thea McDevitt.

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