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Twelve Publix leaders recognized with company awards


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LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets recently recognized 12 of its leaders with the company’s highest honors, the George W. Jenkins Award and the President’s Award. The awards were bestowed at the company’s retail operations conference, which was held on December 8, in Orlando, Fla.

Each award was presented to one retail leader from each of the company’s five divisions and one support leader.

George W. Jenkins Award

The George W. Jenkins Award is named after Publix’s founder, known to associates as Mr. George. Recipients of the award exemplify leadership, perpetuate the Publix culture and demonstrate their commitment to his vision, according to the company.

“Mr. George made it his mission to serve associates and customers, and the communities Publix operated in,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “These managers are exemplary leaders in their roles at Publix. I am proud of their contributions to making Publix a great place to work and shop.”

The 2022 recipients are:

  • Atlanta Division: Store Manager Phil Postle, McDonough, Ga.
  • Charlotte Division: Store Manager Mark Taggart, Boone, N.C.
  • Jacksonville Division: Store Manager Steve Myers, Port Orange, Fla.
  • Lakeland Division: Store Manager Jenniffer Kras, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Miami Division: Store Manager Philip Wearsch, Merritt Island, Fla., and
  • Support: Business Development Director of Produce Curt Epperson.

President’s Award

The President’s Award honors one district manager from each division and one support manager who is committed to perpetuating diversity and inclusion (D&I) in our workplace, according to the company, which added that the recipient must be a role model to others through their demonstration of exemplary leadership.

“One of the great things about Publix is our promote-from-within culture,” Publix president Kevin Murphy said. “These managers are dedicated to equipping the next generation of Publix leaders with the values our company embodies. I am thankful for their continued efforts to prepare our associates for the opportunities available as we continue to grow the Publix family.”

The 2022 President award recipients are:

  • Atlanta Division: District Manager Allie Holberg
  • Charlotte Division: District Manager Dawne Steinbach
  • Jacksonville Division: District Manager Nicolla Binford
  • Lakeland Division: District Manager Julian Agollari
  • Miami Division: District Manager Kris Crapo and
  • Support: Manager of Warehousing Operations, Deerfield Beach, Caven Morgan.