Decking the Hall
The Grocery Manufacturers
of America (GMA) will honor
Bob Mariano, the former
chairman, president and
CEO of Roundy’s, Inc. with its
GMA Hall of Achievement
Award in September.
GMA’s highest honor, the Hall of Achievement
Award recognizes the service and extraordinary contributions of distinguished food, beverage and consumer
packaged goods industry leaders. Mariano will be presented with the award at GMA’s Leadership Forum at
The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
“Bob Mariano is the consummate merchant whose
uncanny ability to listen and understand his shoppers
makes him a true icon in the industry,” says Pamela
G. Bailey, president and CEO of GMA, based in
Washington. “He is a true industry leader who always
had time for his people and suppliers. Bob Mariano
understood the importance of building strong ties to
the community and appointed his wife Nina to spear-
head those efforts. GMA will be honored to present
him with our 2017 Hall of Achievement Award.”
Mariano began his career in the grocery industry in
1967 working as a part-time deli clerk at Dominick’s
Finer Foods, and worked his way up to become presi-
dent and CEO of the chain in 1995. In 2002, Mariano
took on leadership of Roundy’s Supermarkets. Under
his leadership, that chain opened its first store under
the Mariano’s banner in 2010 in the Chicago suburb
of Arlington Heights. Mariano’s brought a new model
to the Windy City grocery landscape as a relatively
affordable version of an upscale grocer with a focus on
in-store restaurants and prepared foods.
Mariano’s strong commitment to the community led to the establishment in 2003 of the Roundy’s
Foundation, which has given more than $14 million to
organizations addressing hunger relief and families in
crisis due to domestic abuse.
In 2015, Roundy’s merged with The Kroger Co., and
Mariano led the integration of the two companies. He
retired in September 2016, and at Kroger’s request is
serving as strategic adviser for two years.
The Greeting Card Association (GCA) has announced the winners of
the 2017 International Greeting Card Awards Competition, better
known as the “LOUIE Awards.”
The GCA awarded the highest honors to: Madison Park Group (Card of
the Year, $4 and below category) and Easy, Tiger (Card of the Year, $4 and
above category). The second Judge’s Award for Excellence, first created
last year, was awarded to Emily McDowell Studio. Two companies were
recognized as “Rising Stars:” The Cove Company ($4 and below category)
and Birdwalk Press ($4 and above category).
Richard Evans, a 50-plus year veteran of Birchcraft Studios (now
Birchcraft Studios by DFS) received the GCA’s Lifetime Achievement
Award for his tireless dedication to his company and for advancing the
industry through his leadership in the CGA.
“Today, when many communications are abbreviated to a couple of
words on a screen, greeting cards are a way to show friends, families and
co-workers that you’re thinking of them in a creative, thoughtful and
meaningful way,” says Carlos LLansó, president of the White Plains, N. Y.-based GCA, and CEO of Legacy Publishing.
Launched in 1988, the “LOUIEs” honor Louis Prang, the German-born
Boston lithographer and publisher known as the “Father of the American
Christmas Card.” More than 230 companies throughout the world submitted nearly 1,000 entries for the greeting card and social expression
industry’s definitive awards competition. Seventy-six companies had at
least one card advance to the finalist round. The LOUIE Awards are open
to all publishers in the U.S. and throughout the world, and while GCA
members receive a reduced entry fee, any publisher who marketed and
sold cards in the U.S. last year is eligible.