Let's Hear It for the Ladies.
Byline: Jeffrey D. Friedman
On behalf of Stagnito Media and Progressive Grocer, I'm very proud to welcome you to our sixth annual Top Women in Grocery (TWIG) issue.
Since we began the tradition of celebrating the invaluable contributions of women from all walks of the retail food industry, the nominations have grown by an average of 15 percent with each passing year. This year, we received more than 400 nominations, which were narrowed to 204 winners, whose many impressive accomplishments are briefly highlighted on the pages within.
We are all undoubtedly aware of the great strides women industry leaders have made in recent years. But the goal of PG's TWIG program has always been to acknowledge the unsung drivers, whose contributions and accomplishments would likely go unnoticed outside of their immediate departments, divisions and stores. And I'm sure you'll agree that this year's contingent of Store Managers, Rising Stars and Senior-Level Executives is a solid reflection of the spirit of excellence and achievement that we aspired to bring to the forefront when establishing this important awards program.
While we are delighted to celebrate all of our 2012 honorees, there are many more talented, capable women across the industry who also deserve recognition, and we sincerely hope to have a chance to do in the years to come.
On a personal note, I would also like to recognize key members of our PG staff who work diligently to educate and inform our readers and who have collectively helped propel our brand to become the No. 1 B2B publication in the industry: Bridget Goldschmidt, managing editor; Sandra Smith, advertising director; Elizabeth Cherry, West Coast advertising manager; Maggie Kaeppel, Midwest advertising manager; Linda D'Adamo, Northeast advertising manager; Shari Levenson, advertising manager, PG Independent/The Gourmet Retailer; Kaeli Elisco, production manager; and Bette Boyers, advertising manager.
And I would be woefully remiss not to mention the pilot of this ship, Meg Major, who has been promoted to editorial director of Progressive Grocer and will work to continually enhance our overall editorial content strategy and deliver the most forward-looking information to our readers in print, digital, event and mobile.
As you can see, I am blessed to be surrounded by a team of bright, talented, capable and dedicated women who are all tops in my book!
Congratulations to all of our 2012 TWIG winners, and we hope to see you at our celebration dinner on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare.
Jeffrey D. Friedman
VP/ Group Publisher