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Our President/CEO Jan Gee was honored with NGA's National Leadership Award!
From NGA's Press Release:
Washington, D.C - Jan Gee, President and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association was presented the National Grocers Association (NGA) Association Leadership Award for her dedication and continued service as a true community focused state association executive.
A cornerstone of the industry for nearly 30 years, Jan has demonstrated unflagging leadership both in her state and across the grocery sector. She began lobbying for grocers back in 1986 and became the first President of the newly formed Washington Retail Association in 1987 where she represented grocery chains. In subsequent years she continued to lobby on behalf of the food industry until 2006 when she became the President and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association, which is dedicated to promoting and protecting the independent, community-focused grocery industry and its suppliers.
"It's an honor to recognize Jan for her outstanding leadership and tremendous commitment to the independent grocery sector, not only in the state of Washington, but for the industry as a whole. Her participation and involvement in various educational programs and industry events have raised the visibility of the independent grocer. She is held in the highest regard by the industry, her members, and officials throughout the state of Washington." said Peter J. Larkin, President and CEO of NGA.
WFIA President/CEO Jan Gee (Left) with NGA President/CEO Peter Larkin (Right)
Washington's Own Andrew Borracchini of Metropolitan Markets Takes Home the National Best Bagger Top Prize!
Las Vegas, NV—On Sunday February 10th Andrew Borracchini, an 18 year old grocery bagger from Metropolitan Market in West Seattle, took home the ultimate prize at the National Grocers Association sponsored Best Bagger contest. The contest featured the best-of-the-best from 23 states for the coveted $10,000 grand prize, "Golden Grocery Bag" trophy and the "Best Bagger Golden Lane", a special checkout stand that will be installed in his home store in West Seattle’s Admiral District.
Andrew Borracchini has already won the statewide qualifying Best Bagger competition for 2 consecutive years, and now returns to Washington triumphant after flying to New York to schedule an appearance on the David, Letterman show. When asked about his performance this year compared to last he said he said he “just worked harder and tried to remain less stressed.” Andrew’s Store Manager Glen Hasstedt who has also previously trained Andrew’s brother and sister at Metropolitan Market urged Andrew to “stay grounded, stay focused on your job, and not get overwhelmed” practiced with him 4 days per week (including weekends) for months, and every day in the weeks leading up to the nationals.
The Borracchini family, longtime members of Seattle’s grocery industry who own local favorite Borracchini Bakery, were able to attend the contest in Las Vegas to cheer Andrew on for his big win.
Metropolitan Market stores are led by Store President Terry Halverson, a member of the Board of directors of the Washington Food Industry Association —the non-profit organization that annually hosts the Washington State Best Bagger Competition and represents members of the independent, local food industry.
Andrew adds that he would like to thank his co-workers, friends, family and the WFIA for all of their support.
View Andrew's appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman HERE