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'Friends' present NEW with crystal gavel, scholar dollars

Wednesday, March 2, 2011  
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The 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 2001.

"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.”

"NEW recognizes 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.


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