Confectionery Leadership Award

Retail and wholesale support of the confectionery industry is the lifeblood of your company’s success.

There are some retail or wholesale buyers, category managers and executives that go above and beyond this support to stand out among the rest by exhibiting innovative thought leadership around category promotion as well as a natural ability to recognize the true potential of confectionery products. NCA offers the Confectionery Leadership Award as a vehicle to honor and call out top retail or wholesale buyers, category managers and executives on an industry-wide level for their effective business collaboration, category management best practices and innovations in merchandising confectionery products in-store.

Confectionery Leadership Award

Recipients of this award must exemplify several of the following criteria:

  • Leverage leadership, experience and insights to move the confectionery industry forward in today’s competitive environment.
  • Build relationships and grow new business with confectionery manufacturers and shoppers.
  • Drive best practices at retail and within the supply chain.
  • Lead category promotion, product and merchandising innovation and cross-functional collaboration for the confectionery industry at retail.

These prestigious awards will be presented during NCA’s State of the Industry Conference.

More than just an award
Confectionery Leadership Award honorees will be promoted year-round by NCA, including feature stories in Candy & Snack TODAY magazine. Award recipients will also participate in the taste panel at the Sweets & Snacks Expo’s Most Innovative New Product Awards.

NCA, in collaboration with Candy & Snack TODAY magazine, created the awards program in 2011 to recognize and honor the confectionery industry’s best and most innovative category champions and leaders. The program allows NCA manufacturers and brokers to recognize these outstanding retailers and wholesalers in the confectionery community for their effective customer marketing, shopper-driven shelving practices, and promotion of new items.

Past Recipients:

Katie Alexander, Dollar Tree
Susan Grassey, Harris Teeter Supermarkets

Tiffany Trombley, Target
Todd Budzinski, Sam’s Club

Todd Gean, Hy-Vee, Inc.
Drew Germain, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Maureen Keenan, CVS
Peter Kempton, Travel Centers of America

Michael Smull, Five Below
Melody Phan Rich, Walmart


Cindy Maly, Casey’s General Store
Stephanie Panzetta, Weis Markets

Krisanne Flamini, Wawa, Inc.
Barry Phillips, SpartanNash

Christina M. Groth, The Kroger Company
Brian Rinker, Walgreen Co.

Julie Bierman, Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Jennifer Dilts, Dollar General Corp.

Mike Maslen, Hudson Group
Dave Schulze, H-E-B

Jamal Parker, Sam’s Club
Tim Erceg, Hy-Vee

Julia Bischoff, Smart & Final
Kimberley Felice-Dooley, CVS
AJ Jesswani, Meijer

Paul Minger, Walgreens
John Scardina, Eby-Brown Company
Val Stansfield, Rite Aid Corporation

Rebecca Fries, U.S. Marine Corps Exchange
Bill Walker, McLane Co.
Tim Tackett, Giant Eagle