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Grocery leaders rank as 'Top Women' in industry

June 21, 2018
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Carrie Quigley
Carrie Quigley. Courtesy SpartanNash

A trade publication has included several local women on a national list of the top female leaders in the grocery industry.

Chicago-based Progressive Grocer named 15 SpartanNash employees — eight from West Michigan — to its 2018 list of 362 “Top Women in Grocery.”

Dave Staples, president and CEO of Bryon Center-based SpartanNash, said this year represents the largest class in the history of SpartanNash honorees on the list.

“It is a testament to the unique talents and backgrounds of our female associates and the ways they make SpartanNash a better company,” Staples said.

“We are honored to have so many strong female leaders, representing many different areas of our company and making SpartanNash a best-in-class business that feels local, where relationships matter.”

Since 2012, Progressive Grocer has included 63 SpartanNash associates on the list.

Top Women in Grocery award

The Top Women in Grocery award was established more than a decade ago to highlight “dynamic leading women” from some of the “most admired organizations in the U.S. supermarket business.”

“These women are the best of the best in the industry and play an important role in making their businesses excel,” said Kat Martin, senior editor, Progressive Grocer. “They all are leaders to be emulated and offer an example of what is needed to make the industry better for those who work in it and for the customers.”

The 2018 “Top Women in Grocery” list is included in the June edition of Progressive Grocer.

Winners will be honored at a networking event and awards celebration on Nov. 8 at the Palmer House Hilton hotel in Chicago.

Grand Rapids honorees

"Senior-level executive"

Yvonne Trupiano, EVP; chief human resources, corporate affairs and communications officer

"Rising stars"

Mary Brunsting, director, network systems engineering

Karen Calligaris-Rodriguez, manager, pharmacy procurement and warehouse

Carlye Cordes, manager, consumer relationships

Amy Ellis, manager, pharmacy services

Janis Huffman, manager, pharmacy operations

Lauren Mills, supervisor, marketing analytics

Cassandra Nino, grocery category manager

Carrie Quigley, director, project management office

SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a distributor of grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges.

It serves customer locations in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Europe, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt.

SpartanNash also operates 142 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market.

The company had 2017 revenue of $8.13 billion.

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