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BGC truck drivers capture state awards.

Brookshire’s truck driver Alan Worster from Monroe, La., will be competing on the national level for the fourth time in his career when he travels to Orlando, Fla., in August.

Worster beat out nine other drivers in the 3-Axle category at the Louisiana Motor Transportation Association’s state truck driving championships held recently in Baton Rouge. Out of eight categories in the state competition, Worster earned the highest score and was named grand champion of the event.

Other Brookshire’s drivers from the company’s Monroe distribution center who received awards include: Gary Tyler, 2nd place, Sleeper; Dan Pereira, 3rd place, 4-Axle; Huey Davenport, 3rd place, 5-Axle Van; and Brian Brown, 3rd place, Flatbed.

Drivers were judged on a pre-trip inspection, course test and written test. They received trophies for winning.

“We’re thrilled to have a driver compete in nationals and know Alan will represent the company very well once again,” said Don Gilbreath, vice president-transportation logistics. “We’re fortunate to have a team of drivers who rank up there with the very best when it comes to safety, skill, and professionalism. We congratulate them all on a job well done.”

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Ten BGC leaders make the grade

Ten leaders from Brookshire Grocery Co. were named winners of the Top Women in Grocery Award sponsored by Progressive Grocer magazine.

The women were chosen based on outstanding leadership and influence in their companies and within the industry, with community, civic and charitable involvement also considered. 

Six were picked in the “Rising Stars” category: Rae Champagne, Director of Corporate Communications; Ginger McCullough, Director of Change Management and Training; Cindy Murphy, Director of Business Systems Management; Linda Stewart, Director of Distribution Systems; Suzanne Vance, Human Resources Coordinator-District 2; and Alecia Hill, Human Resources Coordinator-District 4.

Two were chosen in the “Store Managers” category: Angela Ables, store director in Meridian, Texas; and Sandra Miller, store director in Athens, Texas.

Two were chosen in the “Senior Level Executives” category: Carolyn Hutson, Executive Vice President—Chief Financial Officer; and Sheri Satterwhite, Senior Vice President—Risk Management/Benefits Administration.

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Officials promote Mike Giles in Tyler

Company officials have promoted Mike Giles to vice president-manufacturing.

Giles, a 25-year veteran in BGC’s manufacturing division, was named director of manufacturing last month. Before that, he served as director of SouthWest Dairy.

He is now responsible for all company manufacturing plants and related functions. He joined the company in 1985 and served as a shift supervisor before being promoted to plant manager at the SouthWest Dairy in 1987. 

“We are pleased to announce this promotion for Mike,” said Rick Rayford, president and CEO of BGC. “We look forward to his continued leadership in our manufacturing division.”

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“Sweet 16” for BGC’s transportation team

Truck Driver Mike Savana from Brookshire’s Monroe Distribution Center recently became the company’s 16th driver to reach 1 million miles without an accident.

Savana hit the mark May 17 on Interstate 20 at mile marker 93 near Choudrant, La.

An 18-year employee, Savana joined BGC as a warehouseman at the company’s Monroe Distribution Center before becoming a truck driver in 1994.

“Mike joins an elite group of drivers who are the best of the best, achieving 1 million continuous miles without a preventable accident,” said Don Gilbreath, vice president – transportation logistics. “There is no more important responsibility of professional truck drivers than the ability to perform their duties safely. Mike has shown that he is unquestionably at the top of his profession.”

Savana will receive a specially designed million-mile ring, and his portrait will be on display at the corporate office in Tyler with the other million-mile drivers.

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Celebrating 50 years of serving Shreveport

Brookshire’s celebrates 50 years of serving Shreveport with the golden anniversary of its first store opening in 1961.

Today we have 16 supermarkets with 1,500 employees in northwest Louisiana with a mission of providing a great food and shopping experience.

With a wide range of services and products we aim to give our customers more than they expect with friendly service in a pleasant shopping environment.

We’re also serious about giving back to the communities that support us, and we invest more than $60,000 a year in nonprofit organizations and activities in Shreveport alone. This is not counting donated product from our stores and suppliers, as well as work performed by Brookshire’s Community Connections volunteers.

A lot of exciting things are happening, and we look forward to serving Shreveport for many, many years to come!

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Two assistant managers are promoted

Brookshire’s has promoted Chris Warfield to store director at the store in Rockwall, Texas, and Joel Shanks to store director in Commerce, Texas.

Warfield began his career as a stocker in 2002, and worked his way up as perishable manager and assistant store manager at stores in Wichita Falls, Denton, Weatherford, Celina, Anna and Bonham, Texas.

Shanks joined Brookshire’s in 2010 after completing the company’s management training program. Most recently he’s served as a store manager in Shreveport, La. Shanks has 18 years of experience in the grocery industry, having previously served 15 years with a Publix supermarket near Atlanta, Ga.

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BGC Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary in Shreveport

In celebration of its 50th anniversary in the Shreveport/Bossier City area, Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods donated $1,000 to 50 local non-profit organizations.

Company officials made the check presentations at the Brookshire’s on Line Avenue in Shreveport beginning at 9 a.m.

The company opened its first store on Lakeshore Drive and its second on Fern Avenue in the spring of 1961. The company has been celebrating 50 years in Shreveport this week. 

“We are appreciative of the support we have received in the Shreveport/Bossier City area the 50 years we’ve been in business here,” said Rick Rayford, President and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “And for 50 years, we’ve had a practice of giving back to the community. This donation today is part of our commitment to continuing to do just that.”

From beginning with those two stores in 1961, the company has now grown to operate 13 supermarkets in the area, nine Brookshire’s and four Super 1 Foods stores. 

Organizations receiving donations today include the adopted schools of each of the 13 stores, as well as other non-profit organizations such as the Council on Aging, Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, soup kitchens and food pantries, and other groups.

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Brookshire’s store director named FMI winner.

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has named Allan Bussey, store director at Brookshire’s located on Roseland Boulevard in Tyler, Texas, the grand prize winner in the organization’s 2011 Store Manager Awards program. 

The announcement was made at FMI’s Future Connect Conference in Dallas recently.

Bussey was one of three finalists in the nation in the medium retailers category – companies with 50 to 199 stores. Three finalists were also named in each of two other categories (companies with 1-49 stores and those with 200 or more stores.) 

As grand prize winner Bussey received a $1,000 prize from FMI.

He is a 34-year employee who began his career bagging groceries in Longview, Texas, and worked his way up in several Texas locations before being promoted to store director in 1989. During the past 21 years he has managed six different Brookshire’s stores in Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Bussey has been store director at his current location since 2008.

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Jett receives Distinguished Award

Bill Jett, a 30-year employee of BGC and fleet manager in Tyler, has received the 2011 Distinguished Award for Excellence in Maintenance from the Texas Motor Transportation Association’s Maintenance Council.

Jett was selected by the council because of his knowledge of truck and trailer fleet maintenance and leadership in the industry. Only one winner is chosen for the entire state of Texas. Jett has attained the director’s level in maintenance—the highest level possible—through TMTA after completing an intensive multi-year qualification and interview process.

On July 27, officials with the TMTA annual conference will present Jett a plaque at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines near Bastrop, Texas. On October 27, the group’s Maintenance Council will present Jett a winner’s jacket and ring at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville, Texas.

“This is a major accomplishment for Bill and BGC,” said Don Gilbreath, vice president-transportation logistics. “Our fleet is maintained and operated at the very best level in our entire industry—due in large part to Bill’s leadership.”

A manager actively engaged in fleet maintenance of five or more units and whose company is a member of TMTA is eligible for selection, but none can win the award more than once.

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Third WWII Heroes Flight is set

Brookshire’s has finalized details for a Brookshire’s WWII Heroes Flight that will take 33 World War II veterans to Washington DC to visit the World War II Memorial and other sites.

This is the third such trip the company has sponsored. The two previous flights in 2010 departed from Tyler, Texas. The majority of this group will depart from Shreveport, La. 

The flight will take place May 10-12. There is no charge for the veterans selected for the trip.

“Previous trips were so rewarding for all of us we’ve decided to do it again with a new group of veterans,” said Rick Ellis, chief marketing officer.

In addition to the World War II Memorial, the group is expected to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Capitol and the Air and Space Museum near Dulles International Airport.

“We are very grateful for the service provided by these veterans,” Ellis said. “The freedoms we enjoy today were defended by these veterans and many others from different conflicts.”

Veterans participating in the trip are from many different communities, including the Louisiana cities of Shreveport, Blanchard, Homer, Minden, Choudrant, West Monroe, Bossier City, Monroe, Keithville, and Alexandria. Texas veterans are from Longview, Tyler and Jacksonville.

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