Chief supermarkets CEO honored 02.16.2011

Written by David Green.

The Chief Supermarket CEO was named Woman of the Year by the Women Grocers of America (WGA).

Stephanie Skylar of Chief Super Market, Inc., received the award Tuesday at the 2011 National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) Annual Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase in Las Vegas.

The WGA Woman of the Year award recognizes an industry woman whose leadership has contributed to the success of her company.  This woman must be a member of the National Grocers Association and other industry organizations whose participation and involvement contributes/contributed to the overall well-being of the grocery industry; and must be a community-focused citizen committed to serving the needs of her neighbors, associates and customers through involvement in community and civic affairs.

Chief Super Market is a family-owned, regional supermarket chain that operates 12 stores under the Chief and Rays banners in nine communities in northwest and west central Ohio.

With more than 20 years of executive experience, Skylar oversees more than 1,000 associates as President and CEO.  Under her guidance, the Chief and Rays food retail stores continue to innovate and have shown increased sales and profits, even in today’s challenging business environment.

Skylar’s commitment and dedication to the staff is exemplified by Chief University, a comprehensive, hands-on associate training program. Launched in 2009, the University is a vehicle to capture employee’s talents throughout the Chief organization by teaching them the skills they need to tackle the new jobs that local retailing will demand.  

Skylar currently serves on the boards of the Ohio Grocers Association Foundation and the Defiance Regional Medical Center in Ohio. She is also a former board member of the United Way of Greater Lima and an active member of the Food Marketing Institute and the National Grocers Association. 

Beyond her professional responsibilities, she volunteers at the Equestrian Therapy Program at Fassett Farm in Lima where she assists as a side walker and helps lead horses that provide therapeutic horseback riding for disabled persons.

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