April 21, 2000
Contact: Marie McGeehan or Carrie Trent at Casey Communications, Inc., 314/962-0944, or Dee Wetzel at Schnuck Markets, 314/994-4608.
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Logli Supermarkets honored six Rockford area residents as 1999 Associates of the Year and Checkers of the Year at an awards breakfast held Tuesday, April 18. Winning the Associates of the Year awards were James Johnson of the East State store; Brian Smith of the Rockton store; and Karen Stepanek from Loves Park. The Checker of the Year awards went to Irma Anderson from East State; Linda Baggett from Rockton; and Eunice Kuehne from Loves Park.
Associates of the Year are chosen by their peers and an associate selection committee in each store on the basis of each associate’s friendliness and customer relations, initiative and drive, dependability, punctuality and attendance, professional appearance and outside contributions.
James Johnson has been a Logli associate since 1996. He was honored as the East State store’s Associate of the Month in January. “James is great with customers,” said East State Store Manager Scott Boeke. “He always has a smile on his face and is always willing to help others. James gets more customer compliments than anyone in the store.”
Brian Smith joined the Rockton Logli in 1990. He was honored as the store’s Associate of the Month in August. In his free time, Smith is a baseball coach for the Ken Rock Community Center “Brian has always had, and continues to have a very good following with all customers and associates,” said Rockton Store Manager Paul Wallace.
Karen Stepanek joined Logli in 1998 and was named Associate of the Year in January. She was recently promoted to customer service manager. “She is forever willing to provide our customers with the best possible service,” said Loves Park Store Manager Steve Hevrin.
Irma Anderson joined the East State Logli store in 1997. “Irma is excellent with customers and always balances to the penny,” said East State Store Manager Scott Boeke.
Linda Baggett joined Logli in 1978. “We tease her lightly about how some customers will only check out with her,” said Rockton Store Manager Paul Wallace.
Eunice Kuehne was named store Checker of the Year at the Loves Park Logli. Loves Park Store Manager Steve Hevrin appreciates Eunice’s willingness to make herself available for any shift that needs to be filled, and her constant positive attitude.
Associates from the new Rockford Plaza store opened in February will be eligible for this year’s competition.
Schnuck Markets, Inc., founded in St. Louis in 1939, currently operates 93 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
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Editor’s note: East State store is located at 6410 East State St., Rockford, Ill.
Loves Park store is located at 1810 Harlem Rd., Loves Park, Ill.
Rockton store is located at 3150 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, Ill.