Flemington, NJ (May 14, 2012) – ShopRite of Flemington’s very own Mike Jacob, has been named a Grand Prize Winner of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) 2012 Store Manager Awards. The three winners were chosen from nine category finalists recognized for their work in innovative store operations, leadership and community involvement.
The Grand Prize Winners were announced at the FMI2012 retail convention and trade show, which took place in Dallas this past May 1 – 3. Each of the three winners were presented with a $1,000 check during an award ceremony by Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI, and FMI Chairman & President and CEO of Harris Teeter, Fred Morganthall.
Mike Jacob, devoted store manager at the Flemington ShopRite, was recognized for his many services to ShopRite, his associates and the community during his sixteen year tenure.
One of his most significant accomplishments is his impact on sales through innovative store practices, resulting in a 5% increase in gross sales in 2011 compared to the year before.
Mr. Jacob is also honored for his leadership skills in his management of more than 450 store associates. Recently, he empowered his ShopRite team to raise $20,000 to benefit the Flemington Area Food Pantry. For Jacob this meant motivating his associates and management team to raise funds, but also doing his part by sitting atop a dunk tank at one of the store’s many fundraising events.
Most importantly, Mr. Jacob is well known for his commitment and service to the community. During Hurricane Irene in 2011, he rallied 18 of his ShopRite of Flemington associates to restore the neighboring Clinton store when it lost power, helping to keep the community supermarket open for customers in need of food, water and safety supplies.
“I am so pleased to congratulate Mike Jacob on this much-deserved achievement,” said Joseph Colalillo, owner and operator of the ShopRite of Flemington. “He is a highly valued member of the ShopRite family and I am so grateful to him for his unwavering dedication to the well-being of our store, our associates, our customers and our community.”