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Dec. 5, 2023 — Publix Super Markets recognized Atlanta Division Store Manager Joy Daniell, Florence, Alabama, with the 2023 George W. Jenkins Award at the company’s retail operations conference.

Joy spends time getting to know each associate and explains why making a career at Publix is so rewarding. She stresses the importance of leadership with her associates.

“To me, leadership is when your actions inspire others to want to be more, to learn more, to do more and to achieve more,” said Joy. “We have a duty to maintain this company and be there for our associates, and this is what we should strive for every day.”

After being named one of this year’s recipients, Joy is determined to continue cultivating a thriving team and pursuing shared goals.

“It’s a huge accomplishment, but it’s a duty to continue Mr. George’s legacy,” she said. “Publix is only as good as we are as associates. It’s a great responsibility to take care of our company.”

About the honoree

Joy started her career in 2005 as a front service clerk and continued to work her way up through the customer service department before becoming an assistant store manager. In 2017, she was promoted to store manager in Chelsea, Alabama. Today, she works in Florence, Alabama.

About the George W. Jenkins Award

Named after Publix’s founder, the George W. Jenkins Award is presented to one store manager from each of the company’s five divisions and one support area manager who exemplify leadership, perpetuate the Publix culture and demonstrate their commitment to his ideals. As part of the award, each recipient is presented with a special green Publix jacket, marking them as a member of this deserving group of honorees.

Joy joins Charlotte Division Store Manager Josh Stubblefield, Jacksonville Division Store Manager Wes Oliver, Lakeland Division Store Manager Denise Peterson, Miami Division Store Manager Carlos Fonseca, and Senior Director of Accounting Ken Stanger as this year’s George W. Jenkins Award recipients.