Bethany Oglesby, floral specialist for Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, and Marsha Gilford, vice president of the chain’s public affairs, have been selected as "Top Women in Grocery" for 2012 by Progressive Grocer magazine.
The publication called for nominations across the country of females who are exemplary representatives in the grocery industry. The 204 finalists were selected from hundreds of nominations of women who demonstrated outstanding leadership and community involvement, officials said.
Bethany Oglesby is responsible for floral category sales in all 133 Smith’s stores throughout the West. She has created merchandising displays featuring the latest floral trends and monitored store ordering and inventory levels to minimize losses. Oglesby also sponsors a weekly televised communication to stores in an effort to make Smith’s a floral destination.
Gilford oversees media, community and government relations as well as Smith’s philanthropy programs in seven western states. She has been recognized for creating local partnerships, representing the company’s interests to local, state and federal government officials, and serving on community and food industry associations and committees.
Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co. one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, operating 133 stores in seven western states. Smith’s charitable giving, in partnership with 15,600 associates, customers and suppliers, totaled $9.5 million in cash and food products to local organizations last year.
Oglesby and Gilford were two of 41 women employed by Kroger who received recognition as finalists.
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