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Truck Driver Logs 1 Million Safe Miles

Gary Tyler, a 17-year BGC truck driver from Monroe Distribution Center, completed one million miles without a preventable accident on Monday, August 17, at mile marker 60 near Arcadia, La.

Tyler is the eighth driver at BGC to have hit the million-mile mark. He will receive a specially designed ring and have his portrait displayed at BGC’s corporate office in Tyler, Texas.

Tyler has competed in the Louisiana state driving championships four times and national competitions twice. He was named Louisiana Motor Transport Association Truck Driver of the year in 2007. Tyler has a total of 24 years of driving experience.

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Brookshire’s 81st Anniversary

For 81 years Brookshire’s has provided customers with top quality service and products. From generation to generation our family has grown to serve your family better.
In recent years the company has remodeled many stores and expanded services and products, but one thing has remained the same. You’ll experience the same friendly service with a warm smile, personal greeting and help to find products in the store and answer your questions.
Service extends to our communities as well with our newly-formed Community Connections employee volunteer program. And, in addition to donations and sponsorships throughout our markets, we continue large charitable projects such as the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive – which has provided 3.8 million pounds of food in its 27-year history for needy families, and the Brookshire’s Benefit Golf Tournament – which has raised $2.5 million for children’s charities since its inception.
As we celebrate our company’s anniversary we thank you for continuing to allow us to meet your grocery shopping needs. 

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Store Director Joseph Stephens receives Award

Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy Store Director Joseph Stephens received the Roughneck Award on August 20 from the White Oak Independent School District for “going above and beyond in service to the district.”

Stephens was featured in the White Oak Independent newspaper and praised for both his personal and business contributions to the schools.“He always gives us phenomenal support,” said Mike Gilbert, superintendent of WOISD. “He is an outstanding individual who is very supportive of the school. Whatever we need, he’s there.”

Stephens and his wife have raised three girls and seen them through the district’s school system, the newspaper article stated. Stephens was presented the award at the August school board meeting in White Oak.

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Pharmacy Leaders Honored

Three BGC pharmacy employees will be honored at the Texas Pharmacy Association Convention July 22-25 in San Antonio.
Charlotte Weller, a 13-year employee and BGC’s health services coordinator, will receive the Distinguished Service Award. TPA gives the award annually to an individual deemed to perform outstanding service to their profession or health-care community. 
Mike Ellis, an eight-year employee and pharmacy manager at Brookshire’s in Anna, Texas, will receive the Bowl of Hygeia Award. The distinguished award is presented for going beyond standard job duties by giving exceptional service in the community.
Sheri Steffens, a certified pharmacy technician at Brookshire’s in Anna, Texas, since 2008, will receive the Outstanding Pharmacy Technician Award. Steffens receives the award for demonstrating excellence as a pharmacy technician.  

“Only 12 awards are presented, and leaders from our company are receiving three of these”, said Jim Cousineau, vice president – pharmacy. “This is truly an honor for our employees and our company”.

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Truck Driver Logs 1 Million Safe Miles

Alan Worster, a BGC truck driver based at the Monroe Distribution Center, completed one million miles without a preventable accident on Friday, May 22, at mile-marker 36 near Monroe. Worster joined the company in 1992, originally serving in the warehouse then becoming a truck driver in 1995.

Worster is a two-time winner of BGC’s coveted Driver of the Year Award. A regular competitor in the Truck Driving Championships, Worster has won the local level twice and won in his class three times at the state level. He is the first BGC driver to have advanced to the National Truck Driving Championship three times.

Worster will receive a specially designed “million-mile” ring at the company’s safe driving awards this fall. His portrait will be on display at BGC’s corporate offices with the other million-mile honorees: Dan Powell, Dan Pereira, Tommy Thompson, Thes Freeney, Lynn Lusk, Marvin Miles and Tony Hester.

“Alan’s record speaks for itself,” said Scott Reily, vice president – logistics. “His safety record reflects his professionalism and commitment to excellence in everything he does. We are extremely proud of Alan and congratulate him on this tremendous accomplishment.”

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Brookshire’s Participates in Komen Race

Congratulations to Tyler-area Brookshire Grocery Co. employees on winning first place for participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in Tyler on May 9, 2009, benefiting the fight against breast cancer.

BGC had 502 partners participate in the event, more than doubling the second largest team at the function.

“We were so pleased to see such support by our employees for this very worthwhile endeavor,” said Rick Ellis, senior vice president-chief marketing officer. “This is a part of the company’s Community Connections program that we are rolling out across the company this year. Again, thanks and congratulations to all who participated.”

The new employee-volunteer program will roll out in stages to be complete by the end of 2009. The program assists retail stores and retail support services in becoming more involved in the communities they serve.

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Brookshire’s 2009 Benefit Golf Tournament

The 21st annual Brookshire’s Benefit Golf Tournament netted $280,000 for children’s charities on Monday, April 27, with simultaneous tournaments held at Cascades, Hollytree Eagle’s Bluff, Garden Valley and Hideaway Country Clubs in or near Tyler, Texas. The event is one of the largest charity golf tournaments in east Texas with nearly 500 golfers representing approximately 200 of BGC’s vendor companies from across the U.S.
Since its inception the tournament has raised $2.2 million for children’s charities and programs such as Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s Advocacy Centers, CASA, Boys and Girls Clubs and numerous others.
A vendor appreciation dinner at Harvey Convention Center followed the tournament with golfers and guests enjoying food and live music and bidding on a host of silent auction items ranging from a team autographed Dallas Stars jersey to a Nintendo Wii game set, gift cards and tool sets.
Guests also witnessed the tournament check presentation made by Brookshire’s CEO Rick Rayford to representatives of local children’s charities, as well as the presentation of tournament team and contest awards.
“We greatly appreciate all the companies and individuals who participate in this fun event,” Rayford said. “Funds raised go to help children in east Texas and other areas where we operate Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores. We are fortunate to be able to continue this great tradition of supporting valuable children’s programs in our communities.”

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Progressive Grocer Magazine

Six leaders from Brookshire Grocery Co. are being honored in Progressive Grocer magazine’s third annual salute to the leading women in the supermarket industry.

BGC winners are Helen Claybourn and Heather Crawford in the Store Manager category; Michelle Elliott and Nancy Jett in the Rising Stars category; and Rebecca Sanders and Linda Wiggins in the Senior Level Executive category.

Claybourn serves as Store Director at Brookshire’s in Joshua, Texas; Crawford is Store Director at Brookshire’s in Denton, Texas; Elliott is Category Manager for Beauty and Personal Care; Jett is Category Manager for Alcohol and Tobacco; Sanders is Vice President – Consumer Insights; and Wiggins is Vice President – Director Deli/Bakery Operations.

All winners will be highlighted in a 2009 Top Women in Grocery feature article in Progressive Grocer’s June/July issue, as well as on the magazine’s Web site.

“To be selected by one of the industry’s leading magazines as one of the top women in the grocery business is a tremendous honor,” said Rick Rayford, President and CEO. “We are extremely proud of each of these outstanding leaders and congratulate them on this achievement.”

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Drivers and Technician Win at Regional Competition

Two Brookshire Grocery Co. truck drivers and a technician received top awards in the East Texas Regional Truck Driving Championship this past weekend and qualified to advance to the state meet this summer.

In the truck drivers events, Van Trimble took first place in the sleeper class, and Nathan Catlin won second place in the 4-axle class. David Jackson won second place in the technician’s class.

The regional meet was held May 2 at BGC’s SouthWest Foods, with more than 50 drivers from 10 companies participating. The Texas state truck driving championship will be held June 12-13 at College Station.

“We are very proud of Van, Nathan and David and the professional way they represented our company at the regional competition,” said Greg Nordyke, Senior Vice President – Corporate Development. “We wish all three of these gentlemen the very best at the state championship.”

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BGC Truck Drivers Take Top Honors

Truck drivers from Brookshire Grocery Co.’s Monroe Distribution Center were the biggest winners at the Louisiana Motor Transport Association’s annual Truck Driving Championship recently in Baton Rouge, with BGC named the Safest Fleet in Louisiana and receiving other prestigious awards.
The “Safest Fleet in Louisiana” title is awarded to the LMTA-member company with the best accident statistics and safety and training programs.BGC is one of approximately 400 companies with membership in LMTA.
The BGC team won the Fleet Safety Contest for their class and took the team trophy for the third consecutive year with an average score of 256, well exceeding the competition’s total driver average of 208. Another top award went to Tony Hester, who was named Grand Champion and who had the competition’s highest score of 374 — almost twice other drivers’ average. Hester also won first place in the three-axle division. Other BGC standouts were Huey Davenport, who won first place in Flatbed; Gary Tyler, second place in Tanker; Alan Worster, second place in four-axle; and Dan Pereira, third place in Sleeper. Other drivers who competed and helped secure the team award were Sal Mora and Brian Brown.
“I am very proud of the individual and group accomplishments our driver team received in Baton Rouge,” said Greg Nordyke, senior vice president – corporate development. “It is very exciting to see them named the safest fleet in the state of Louisiana, and to once again see them receive the best driver team award at the LMTA championship event. Congratulations to each member of our outstanding driver team at the Monroe Distribution Center.”

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