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Big Cheese / Hall of Fame / Lifetime Achievement Awards
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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BIG CHEESE AWARD WINNERS
Sue Bargsten started her career as a "box girl" at the Market Basket in Montebello, CA, where she worked her way up to clerk. In 1982, she moved to Hughes Family Markets as a checker at the Pasadena Hastings Ranch store. After being promoted in to headquarters, Sue was again promoted in 1996 to Deli Buyer for Hughes Family Markets where she worked until 1998 when Hughes was acquired by QFC and later by Fred Meyer. Sue was transferred to Ralphs where she worked until 2013, when she joined DPI Specialty Foods. Sue served as DDBC President in 2007 and was awarded the Retailer of the Year Award also in 2007.  Please join us in congratulating Sue for this well-deserved honor.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
Sue Bargsten, DPI Specialty Foods 

2016 Supplier of the Year
Vic Chiono, Coca-Cola/Minute Maid
Vic Chiono grew up in the food industry, starting at age 10, sorting bottles and sweeping the parking lot at his father's store in Vallejo, CA. When he was 16, Vic got a job working for Safeway Stores as a box boy and he was promoted to checker working on the night crew, stocking shelves while working his way through college until age 22. He left the retail side in 1978, taking a sales representative job with Lever Brothers where he worked for 10 years until joining Coca-Cola in 1987. Vic worked his way up to his current position of Vice President of Sales, West and has been extremely supportive of the DDBC and many of the seminars and events for many years. We thank Vic for his continued support and congratulate her on this very well-deserved award.  
2016 Supplier of the Year
Jim Hardy, Glenoaks Farms
Jim Hardy has worked in the food industry as long as he can remember, starting as a box boy at the Ralpha Supermarket in Glendale, CA at age 16, where he worked for three years before joining Market Basket as a Grocery Manager at their Pasadena store for two years. He decided to change from retail to the brokerage side of the business moving to Webco, a brokerage specializing in selling to military bases around the world. After leaving Webco in 1967, he gained experience working at a few other brokerage companies until joining Bradshaw South in 1975 in the Frozen Division as Sr. Account Executive. Jim started his own brokerage firm, Kay-D Company in 1982 and was awarded the "Big Cheese" in October 1986. Congratulations to Jim on being our DDBC 2016 Co-Supplier of the Year!  

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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Thank you to Cardenas Markets for their generous donation of $10,000 to the Bud Moorman Scholarship Foundation at the February 2016 DDBC meeting. 
Cardenas Markets has issued a challenge for other companies to also assist.
We would like to continue to extend our gratitude to all donors and members for your contributions. 
2016 Retailer of the Year Inductee
Damian Valdez, Super King Markets
Damian Valdez was recently promoted to Senior Buyer at fast-growing Super King Markets in recognition of his hard-work and dedication at one of the fastest-growing grocery retailers in Southern California. Damian was recognized by the DDBC in 2016 with the "Big Cheese" Award, and during his current term on the DDBC Board of Directors has shown leadership by his work on the DDBC Spring Golf Committee and is currently serving as he 2nd Vice President, serving on the Spring Golf, Membership and Awards Committes. We salute Damian for this award and thank him for his continued dedication to the Dairy/Deli/Bakery Industry.
2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
Gary Illingworth


We will be awarding the 2016 DDBC  Lifetime Achievement Award to Gary Illingworth for his many years of support and leadership to our industry as a retailer for several independent markets and more than 20 years with El Rancho and The Boys Markets chains. Gary switched over to the brokerage side of the business forming his own brokerage company, Maxxum Marketing and merging with Concept Food Brokers in 1988. Concept grew steadily for many years picking up new principals (manufacturers) and he and his business partners represented products calling on most of the major chains and independent supermarkets in Southern California for many years. Gary recently merged his company with Premier-Action Group, another successful brokerage company calling on the retail grocery industry.

Gary holds the distinction of being the only person in DDBC history to have been awarded the Retailer of the Year Award (1983), Supplier of the Year Award (1991) and Hall of Fame Award (1998), referred to as the DDBC's "Triple Crown".

To be awarded at the October 17, 2017 DDBC Dinner Meeting at the Embassy Suites Anaheim - South Hotel (Garden Grove). Please join us at that meeting to honor Gary's many years of service to the DDBC and our industry.
February 2016
Tirso Iglesias III
Cacique, Inc.
March 2016
Rich Gilmore
Gelson's Markets
May 2016
Joe Theis
Eggland's Best
July 2016
Doug Threadgill
Smart & Final
September 2016
Nancy Tyler
Acosta Sales & Mkt.
October 2016
Jim Wakefield
Northgate-Gonzales
November 2016
Kristal Clark
Advantage Solutions
March 2017
Dan Timmerman
Alliance Managed Sales
April 2017
Matt Hebert
Advantage Solutions