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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) this weekend, at its annual Midwinter Executive Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, announced a series of recognitions at its inaugural “Celebrating Our Industry” dinner. The honorees included:

• The Sidney R. Rabb Award was presented to Neil Golub, Price Chopper Supermarkets’ executive chairman of the board, "for his statesmanship and community service."

• Joanie Taylor, director, consumer affairs and community relations, received the FMI Esther Peterson Award "for her commitment as both advocate and voice of the consumer."

• Hy-Vee’s recently retired, Vice President, Education and Governmental Affairs, Rose Mitchell was honored with the FMI Glen P. Woodard, Jr. Public Affairs Award.

• Bristol Farms President and CEO Kevin Davis received the Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

• Campbell Soup Company President and CEO Denise Morrison was recognized for her "exemplary contributions to the food retail supply chain" with the FMI William H. Albers Industry Relations Award.

• The Herbert Hoover Award for "humanitarian service in the food industry" went to Associated Grocers, Inc. President and CEO, J.H. (Jay) Campbell, Jr.

• J.K. Symancyk, president of Meijer, Inc. received the 2014 GMA Industry Collaboration Leadership Award "for creating an environment where supply chain partners can work together in new and innovative ways."
KC's View:
I'm incredibly pleased to see Neil Golub, Joanie Taylor, Rose Mitchell and Kevin Davis singled out by FMI for their various and significant contributions to the industry … these are all good people all of whom I consider to be friends, who have been supportive and kind to me over the years, and with whom I would be happy to hang out, any time, any place.

So much for objectivity. On the other hand, sometimes objectivity is overrated.

One of the things that I think all these people share is a real passion for what they do, and for seeing their companies and their roles in a broader context. It isn't just about selling stuff, but about making broader contributions to their communities. I like them enormously, and I congratulate them for being recognized. They deserve it.