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The purpose of these awards is to recognize an individual or individuals that have contributed unselfishly of their time and talent to continue the forward movement of the Dairy-Deli-Bakery Council. This honor also reflects on the company with whom the recipient(s) represents.
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Cheryl Kennick, Sr. Director Corporate Philanthropy for the City of Hope began her association with the DDBC with Total Access Marketing before joining the City of Hope as the liaison with the Food Industry Circle, which is one of the key support groups for the Duarte-based medical center. She has been a huge supporter of the DDBC and has been the City of Hope's "goodwill ambassador" for many years. In addition, she has assisted several food industry leaders gain access to the top-notch care at the leading cancer research facility.​ Please join us in congratulating Cheryl for this well-deserved honor.
2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
Cheryl Kennick, City of Hope

2014 Retailer of the Year
Laura Taketomo, Food-4-Less
Laura Taketomo, Category Manager, Food-4-Less, attended her first DDBC meeting in 2005 at the urging of past President Sue Bargsten, and ten years later, has become a key contributor to the council on the retail side. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013 and has served as Spring Golf Tournament Committee Chairperson is serving as the General Chairperson for the 2015 National DDBC Seminar with Co-Chair Lisa Juarez. Laura came up through the Meat side of the business, and in spite of her recent move to GM/HBC has remained committed to keep her participation in the DDBC.  We thank Laura for her continued support and congratulate her on this award.  
2014 Supplier of the Year
Craig Covell, Reynaldo's Mexican Foods
Craig Covell, Sr. District Manager, REynaldo's Mexican Foods, brings a wealth of experience on the supplier side of the business as one of two of this year's DDBC "Hall of Fame" award winners. He began his food industry career with Crown BBK on the brokerage side of the business and then had a nine-year stint with John Morrell and then Reynaldo's for the past 10 years. Craig has always been a big supporter of the DDBC and is certainly very deserving of this honor as he enters his "partial retirement" with Reynaldo's.  
February 2014
Brian Svoboda
Carl Buddig
Thank you to Coca Cola and Stater Brothers for your generous donation of $10,000 to the Bud Moorman Scholarship Foundation. 
We would like to continue to extend our gratitude to all donors and members for your contribution. 

DDBC Bud Moorman Scholarship Foundation
The DDBC organization is dedicated to the principle that professionals in all areas of the perishable food industry are essential. 
Scholarships are an extension of the educational programs that the DDBC organization provides. Money for these scholarships is raised by the members of the council and is generated from generous donations and fund raisers including opportunity drawings at various events.
Scholarships in the amount up to $1,000 each will be awarded for Fall and Spring Semesters.

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2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
Dave Daniel, Pacific Rim Publishing/DDBC News
Dave Daniel, editor-in-chief and publisher of the DDBC News publication is celebrating his 25-year anniversary with the DDBC. His coverage of the DDBC in the council's publication has been exemplary and he and his wife Mary have become part of the "DDBC Family" by attending almost all of the council's key functions. Under his watch, the DDBC News has become one of the top food industry trade association publications in the country. Thanks to Dave for his years of service to the DDBC for this very deserving honor.
May 2014
Bob Cashen
Cacique Cheese
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
Kevin Davis, CEO, Bristol Farms

Eleanor Bennet began her career in the food industry in 1965 at Certified Grocers (now Unified Grocers). She has been a member of the DDBC since 1974 when she was promoted to Deli Buyer. Eleanor was first elected to the DDBC Board of Directors in 1976 and served as Vice President in 1977 before becoming the organizations first woman President in 1978. Eleanor has been a trailblazer in the industry throughout her career and has received numerous industry awards and recognitions. Please join us in saluting Eleanor in receiving this Lifetime Achievement Award.
July 2014
Stan Foster
Moark LLC.
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
Eleanor Bennett, Retired, Unified Grocers

Kevin Davis began his career in the food industry in 1969 at Shopping Bag Market, joined Ralphs Grocery Company in 1972, and later Bristol Farms in 1997. Kevin has served the industry as past Chairman of the CGA, past President of the WAFC and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). Kevin has supported many charitable causes and has received numerous industry awards and recognitions. Please join us in saluting Kevin in receiving this Lifetime Achievement Award.
November 2014
Liz Wilson
Grocery Co.
2014 Supplier of the Year
John Nielsen, Acosta Sales & Marketing
John Nielsen, Team Leader/Kroger West for Acosta Sales & Marketing, started his food industry career in Southern California at Bradshaw, Inc. - South in 1976, where he learned the key aspects of the brokerage industry. After 15 years, he moved over to Normark & Associates as Director of Frozen/Grocery, where he continued to learn and grow at Normark (which was later acquired by Acosta)with co-worker Mark Dixon, DDBC past President and Hall of Fame Award winner. John has been a big supporter of the DDBC and regularly attends all of the events with his fellow Acosta co-workers and his principals. We congratulate John on this very deserving honor.
February 2015
Ivan Smith
Alliance Managed Sales
March 2015
Miriam Welch
May 2015
Luke Abbot
Monterrey, the Natural Choice
June 2015
Emily Aguilar
Daisy Brand
September 2015
Robert Burke
Emkay Food Brokers
October 2015
Damian Valdez
Super King Markets