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Dec. 5, 2023 — Publix Super Markets recognized Senior Director of Accounting Ken Stanger, Lakeland, Florida, with the 2023 George W. Jenkins Award at the company’s retail operations conference.

Ken is an agent for change and personal growth. He is visionary, strategic and very comfortable in redefining the boundaries of his position to help Publix continue to improve. 

“The most important part of my job is to be there for my people,” said Ken. “I have 150 people whom I work with, and I make it a goal to talk to each one about their personal career goals. The way I see it, I won't be around forever, and it is my duty and honor to help grow and support Publix’s future leaders.”

Ken is a champion for his associates and a role model when it comes to leading by example. 

“I was stunned when I found out I was a George W. Jenkins Award recipient,” he said. “I gained a great first impression of the company from the first day I interviewed at Publix, and nothing has changed since. I want to live in this gratitude and support what it stands for every day.”

About the honoree

Ken began his career with Publix in 2000 as a manager of business analysis in manufacturing. He continued to work his way up to senior manager of business analysis and reporting (BAR) and then the director of BAR. In 2022, he was promoted to his current position as senior director of accounting.

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.

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