April 18, 2023 — Publix Super Markets recognized Charlotte Division Store Manager Tim Bismarck, #1416, Knoxville, Tennessee, with a 2023 Mr. George Community Service Award at the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting.
Bismarck has a passion for serving others, and he lives by the quote from President Theodore Roosevelt: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” He makes himself available to anyone in need, whether an associate or community member, with no expectation of receiving anything for himself.
Bismarck serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Sevierville County. And in 2022, his ability to build trust and relationships in his community helped the Sevierville County School District’s fundraising campaign grow from $12,000 in 2021 to $72,000 in 2022.
“Giving back is something that was taught to me at a young age. My parents always tried to help those who needed it,” said Bismarck.
The importance of community service is something he shares with his children.
“When I was in Florida, my family and I volunteered with Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots every year, helping separate and organize toys,” Bismarck said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to teach my children the importance of giving back.”
When he received the Mr. George Community Service Award from Publix, Bismarck was appreciative of the honor.
“It feels good any time you’re honored or recognized, but to be associated with Mr. George means the world to me,” Bismarck shared. “It’s a feeling that validates the work we all do in our communities and is very humbling.”
About the honoree
Bismarck started his Publix career in 1988 as a part-time front service clerk at #270, Dunedin, Florida. After holding multiple positions in the grocery department, he was promoted to second assistant manager at #93, Dunedin, Florida, in May 1994. In May 1997, he was promoted to assistant store manager at #115, New Port Richey, Florida, and promoted to store manager in 2001 at #810, New Port Richey, Florida. He currently serves as the store manager at #1416, Knoxville, Tennessee.
About the award
Each year, one associate from each retail division and one support associate are recognized with the award. These associates are actively involved in their communities, display personal integrity and represent the generous spirit of Publix founder George W. Jenkins. Recipients receive a personalized award, a feature in an internal company publication, dinner with Publix executives, three paid days off and $5,000 donated to the charity or charities of their choosing.
Bismarck joins Atlanta Division Store Manager Sefik Gluhic, Jacksonville Division Store Manager Nicole Miller, Lakeland Division Store Manager Billy Ray Drake, Miami Division Pharmacy Manager Deborah Lolo and Manager of Retail Security Solutions Rick Abbatiello as this year’s Mr. George Community Service Award recipients.