By Special to the Daily World
LAKELAND, Fla.— Publix District Manager John Gehring received one of the company’s 2011 President’s Awards at Publix’s Atlanta Division meeting.
Each year, the President’s Award is given to one district manager from each of Publix’s retail divisions and one support manager who has demonstrated success in meeting equal opportunity goals, displayed dedication to the dignity, value and employment security of Publix associates, and maintained a work environment that values diversity and is free from discrimination.
Gehring began his Publix career in 1988 as a grocery clerk in Lauderhill, Fla. He worked his way through various positions before being promoted to store manager in 1996. A district manager since 2007, Gehring oversees nine Georgia stores located in Alpharetta, Buford, Cumming and Suwanee.
Publix President Todd Jones presented the award.
“John is passionate about actively recruiting the right associates who will help meet Publix’s needs and train them to succeed,” said Jones. “He is driven to continually improve himself and learn more about our business.”
Gehring joins Jacksonville Division District Manager Dwayne Bryant, Lakeland Division District Manager Jeffrey Stilwell, Miami Division District Manager Modesto Blanco, and Senior Manager of Business Analysis and Reporting Ken Stanger as this year’s President’s Award winners.
Also, Publix honored an entire store team for providing its customers with premier service.
The team at Chastain Square in Atlanta received the 2011 Customer Service Excellence Award for the company’s Atlanta Division. Store Manager Kourosh Noorbehesht accepted the award, which was presented by Atlanta Division Vice President Joe DiBenedetto.
The Customer Service Excellence Award is based on results from associate and customer surveys, mystery shopping scores and financial indicators. In addition to the award, the team will be recognized in an advertisement in their town’s local newspaper. Each associate will receive a lapel pin in honor of their contributions.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 151,000 employees, with 2010 sales of $25.1 billion. Currently Publix has 1,049 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.