Progressive Grocer names nine SpartanNash associates ‘Top Women in Grocery’

Monday, June 24, 2019

Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830

National award recognizes outstanding female leaders in grocery industry

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Recognizing and celebrating the key role women play across all sectors of the grocery industry, Progressive Grocer recently honored nine SpartanNash associates as part of the publication’s nationwide list of Top Women in Grocery. Since 2012, 68 SpartanNash associates have been recognized by Progressive Grocer as TWIG winners.

In total, 393 women are in the Top Women in Grocery’s class of 2019, including 81 senior-level executives, 247 rising stars and 65 store managers – all of whom play an integral role in the retail food industry.

“Our female leaders continue to blaze trails in the food industry, across the company and throughout the communities we serve, and they are a powerful testament to the work that can be accomplished when we work inclusively to drive success,” said Yvonne Trupiano, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and a 2018 Top Women in Grocery honoree. “Every day, the diverse talents and perspectives of our female associates contribute to making SpartanNash a great place to work.”

The nine SpartanNash associates named Top Women in Grocery are:

Senior-Level Executives:

  • Kathy Mahoney, President, MDV and Chief Legal Officer (Norfolk, Va.)

Rising Stars:

  • Andrea Anson, Director, Quality Assurance, Compliance and Food Safety (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  • Allison Benczkowski, Director, Corporate Communications, (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  • Traci Donnelly, Director, Corporate Human Resources (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  • Kim Gillen, Director, Food Distribution Solutions (Minneapolis)
  • Hilary Mayes, Community Engagement and Foundation Specialist (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  • Mary Jennifer Talicuran, Director, Business Segment Accounting, MDV (Norfolk, Va.)
  • Pam Waldin, Area Sales Manager, MDV (Norfolk, Va.)

Store Managers:

  • Nicole Eckhardt, Family Fare (Wyoming, Mich.)

Mahoney, Gillen, Talicuran and Eckhardt are two-time honorees on the Top Women in Grocery list.

Through its Top Women in Grocery award, Progressive Grocer shines a national spotlight on many dynamic leading women from some of the most admired organizations in the U.S. supermarket business.

All honorees will be recognized at the 2019 Top Women in Grocery Gala and Celebration, taking place Nov. 6-7 in Orlando, Fla.

The full list of 2019 Top Women in Grocery is included in the June edition of Progressive Grocer.


About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges; as well as premier fresh produce distribution and fresh food processing. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.