Dairy Deli Bakery Council (DDBC)
of Southern California
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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Jim Allumbaugh started his career as a courtesy clerk (better known as a "box boy") at the Ralphs supermarket in Anaheim, CA. He worked his way up to Deli Manager while attending high school and college, later jumping over to Dairy Fresh Foods (now DPI Specialty Foods) before joining premier Deli Broker Normark & Associates in 1989. After working for 9 years at Normark, he and Jeff Pakula formed their own company, Resource Food Sales, which was later acquired by Advantage Sales & Marketing in 2013. Jim served as DDBC President in 1995 and won the Supplier of the Year Award in 1996. Please join us in congratulating Jim for this well-deserved honor.
2015 Hall of Fame Inductee
Jim Allumbaugh, Advantage/Action
2015 Retailer of the Year
Miriam Welch, Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions
Miriam Welch started her food industry career as a courtesy clerk at a Lucky Supermarket in San Francisco. She worked her way through school while completing her Bachelor's Degree from San Jose State and was later promoted into Lucky's headquarters in San Leandro, CA, as a Replenishment Buyer. She went through several mergers and acquisitions and was recently promoted into her current position of Grocery Sales Manager for Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions. Miriam has served on the DDBC Board of Directors for three years and has brought her "can-do" attitude to the DDBC Board meetings. We thank MIriam for her continued support and congratulate her on this award.
2015 Supplier of the Year
Barbara Dolbee, Bonert's Pies
Barbara Dolbee grew up in the bakery business as her grandfather owned a bakery in central California and her father worked in the bakery business for many years. She started her food industry career working as a product demonstrator for Albertsons when she was just 16. She jumped over to the brokerage side of our business with Nasser Co. from 2001 to 2004, and later joined Bonert's Pies in 2004 in sales, working her way up to her current position of Sales Account Manager. Barbara has been an active supporter of the DDBC, serving on several committees and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2005. Congratulations to Barbara on being our DDBC 2015 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.
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.
2015 Hall of Fame Inductee
Debra Zimmerman, Coastal Marketing Group
Debra Zimmerman followed her father, Bill Finicle into the Deli Industry after starting her food industry career in 1983 as a courtesy clerk for Vons Grocery Co. Eight months later, she went to work for food broker Ross-Billings Thunderbird (later Billings- Horn for five years, then went to work for Carnation Ice Cream, which was part of the Nestle Dairy Group. After several mergers and acquisitions, she became National Accounts Manager for Dean Foods, where she worked for 18 years until her and her husband Ed formed their own company, Coastal Marketing Group. Debbie was DDBC President in 1999 and Supplier of the Year in 2006. Debbie is certainly more than deserving of this award.
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award
Alan Levey, Mark Levey and Ralph Levey (posthumously awarded)
Deli Industry Pioneers
Normark & Associates
Alliance Managed Sales
Monterrey, the Natural Choice
Emkay Food Brokers
Super King Markets
We will be awarding the 2015 DDBC Lifetime Achievement Award to Alan Levey, Mark Levey and Ralph Levey (1900-1986, to be awarded posthumately) for their leadership and pioneering spirit with 3 generations of DDBC support with perishable food broker Normark & Associates. Ralph, along with his son Mark, in 1954 bought out Mark's former partner of Normark Brokerage and re-named it to Normark & Associates, a food brokerage company based in Culver City, California, which grew to become one of the premier brokerage companies in the western United States, and became arguably the best in the perishables food area for many years, representing many of the major consumer packaged food suppliers in the country and calling on all major chains and independent grocers in Southern California. Later, Normark & Associates was acquired by Kelly-Clarke, another local food brokerage company, that was subsequently acquired by Acosta Sales & Marketing, in 1999, which is now one of the largest food brokers in the country.
Ralph Levey was one of the charter members of the Deli Council and served on its first Board of Directors in 1960 as Parlimentarian, the only person to ever serve in that capacity for the Council. He was first recognized by the Deli Council in January 1965, when he received its "Big Cheese" Award, and again later was recognized for his leadership in the Deli industry, when we was awarded the third Deli Council "Hall of Fame" Award in 1984. Later, Mark and Alan Levey continued their support for the DDBC for many years, Mark Levey was honored as the DDBC's Supplier of the Year in 1978 and received the Hall of Fame Award in 1995. Alan Levey continued the support of the DDBC, and was recognized with the DDBC's Big Cheese Award in September 1984. In most recent years, Alan Levey has served as Senior Vice President of Development for the City of Hope after serving as a volunteer for over 20 years within the City of Hope's "Food Industries Circle", helping to raise funds for cancer research and treatment.
To be awarded at the October 13th (Thursday) DDBC Dinner Meeting at the Embassy Suites Anaheim - South Hotel (Garden Grove).