'Friends' present NEW with crystal gavel, scholar dollars
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Friends of Industry presented a crystal gavel and a check for the NEW Scholarship program at its 12th Annual Friends Dinner, Jan. 24, during the Food Marketing Institute
Midwinter Executive Conference, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.
The scholarship donation and crystal gavel
were presented to NEW Chair Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president for
merchandise execution at Walmart Stores. Joining Gloeckler
in accepting the donation was Network Board Member Mike Gorshe,
a founding member of both organizations and a partner in the Retail and Consumer Goods practice at Accenture. NEW Board Member Regenia Stein, vice president of business performance, industry
development and communications for Kraft Foods, also accepted the honor on behalf of NEW.
The Friends' donation pushed the NEW Scholarship fund past the $100,000 mark, helping NEW meet its 10-year fundraising
goal. The Friends of the Industry, which contributes funds to educational
and not-for-profit organizations on behalf of leading grocery retailers and
suppliers, has supported the NEW Scholarship Program since its inception in
"Friends of the Industry has supported NEW for all
of its 10 years,” noted Bill Kies, a principal with Kies Consulting LLC and
co-founder of Friends of the Industry. "We're thrilled that Friends of the
Industry is able to drive talented college students to our industry,
strengthening it with the new talent.”
the importance of making our industry a destination for the best and the
brightest and Friends of the Industry has been with us since day one, helping
us drive this agenda,” added Gloeckler. "Their generous support
has helped NEW reach our 10th anniversary milestone.”
NEW Chair Michelle Gloeckler (center) received a Tiffany gavel from Friends of the Industry marking the two organizations' 10-year association. She is flanked by Network board members Regenia Stein of Kraft Foods and Mike Gorshe of Accenture.