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Dec. 5, 2023 — Publix recognized Atlanta Division District Manager Sean Franklin with the 2023 President’s Award at the company’s retail operations conference.

Recipients of the award are seen as champions for an inclusive workforce. They go above and beyond to allocate the time and resources necessary to develop the best possible Publix leaders. 

“I take pride in promoting managers,” said Sean. “Seeing life immediately change for them is a wonderful feeling.”

Sean has sought out associates and encouraged them to grow with the company.

“It’s about sharing the dream of Publix and showing associates what this company can do for them and their families,” he said. “I think we’ve done a very good job showing Publix is for everybody.” 

Sean was humbled and thankful when he learned he had been named this year’s Atlanta Division President’s Award recipient. 

“I wouldn’t be here without my store managers,” he said. “Without them, we wouldn’t meet all those achievements that make us so successful.”

About the honoree

Sean began working for Publix in 1991 as a grocery clerk in Clermont, Florida. He held various positions in the grocery department before becoming an assistant store manager. In 2016, Sean was promoted to store manager and promoted to district manager in 2021.

About the President's Award

The President’s Award honors one district manager from each of the company’s five divisions and one support manager who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In addition, the recipients must be role models to others by demonstrating exemplary leadership.  

Sean joins Charlotte Division District Manager Vicki Parker, Jacksonville Division District Manager Abe Gonzalez, Lakeland Division District Manager April Young, Miami Division District Manager Lillian Cook and Senior Director of Pharmacy Administration Katie Scanlon as this year’s President’s Award recipients.