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Rite Aid Recognizes Steve Koch and Becky Hannon with Top Category Management Awards

At its annual Supplier Conference held in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Rite Aid recognized the outstanding contributions of its Category Management teams and announced the winners of the 2017 Category Manager of the Year and Associate Category Manager of the Year awards.

Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Distribution Tony Montini joined Senior Vice President of Marketing John Learish in presenting the awards.

Rite Aid’s 2017 Category Manager of the Year is Steve Koch, who oversees basic toys, smoking cessation, tobacco, sporting goods, Christmas toys and plush, summer toys, Valentine’s Day plush and sundries, Easter toys/plush and sundries, and St. Patrick’s Day categories.

From left to right: Rite Aid Senior Vice President of Marketing John Learish; Vice President of General Merchandise, Seasonal and Garden Ted Williams; Category Manager of the Year Steve Koch; and Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Distribution Tony Montini.

From left to right: Rite Aid Senior Vice President of Marketing John Learish; Vice President of General Merchandise, Seasonal and Garden Ted Williams; Category Manager of the Year Steve Koch; and Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Distribution Tony Montini.

Steve is passionate about every aspect of his business and aggressive in executing his objectives. He is creative and places smart bets on trends that have significant sales potential.

“With significant sales growth and total margin dollars trending ahead of plan and last year, Steve is a collaborative leader who works well with his supplier partners for outstanding results,” said Montini. “He pays tremendous attention to detail as evidenced by his category, product reviews and buy plans. Steve also provided leadership, mentoring and training to a new associate category manager during the past year.

Finalists for Category Manager of the Year included Paul Harrington, who oversees the beer, liquor and wine categories; and Jen Roush, manager of OTC, diabetes care and diagnostics categories.

Becky Hannon, who oversees ice cream, DSD snacks, warehouse grocery and warehouse snacks categories, was named Associate Category Manager of the Year for her “quiet leadership, strong work ethic and consistently superior results.” She brings experience and passion to the job every day and is always willing to meet every challenge head-on.

From left to right: Rite Aid Senior Vice President of Marketing John Learish, Group Vice President of Consumables and Photo Bill Renz, Associate Category Manager of the Year Becky Hannon and Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Distribution Tony Montini.

From left to right: Rite Aid Senior Vice President of Marketing John Learish, Group Vice President of Consumables and Photo Bill Renz, Associate Category Manager of the Year Becky Hannon and Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Distribution Tony Montini.

“Becky’s tireless work ethic has helped her gain the respect of both her peer group and the supplier community,” Montini said. “She has an uncanny ability to put business processes in place to help our teams be more efficient and accurate and has been a key contributor in areas such as off-shelf in stock, reducing debit balances, improving ad margin and ad forecasting.”

The finalists for Associate Category Manager of the Year included Jamie Shover, who manages the vitamin, GNC, sports nutrition, fitness, diet, nutritional bars and adult nutritional categories; and Clarissa Sullivan, assistant category manager for automotive, hardware, light bulbs and seasonal (garden, summer, harvest, Halloween, Christmas and winter) categories.