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GMA Presents Meijer President with Industry Collaboration Leadership Award

GMA Press Contact

Roger Lowe

office: 202-295-3954

(Scottsdale, AZ)  The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will present the GMA 2014 Industry Collaboration Leadership Award to J.K. Symancyk, President of Meijer, Inc., at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, during the Celebrating the Industry Dinner this Saturday evening.

The Industry Collaboration Leadership Award recognizes an industry leader who has demonstrated excellence in fostering collaboration among trading partners and programs throughout their career that better serve the consumer.

“J.K. Symancyk has been a driving force for collaboration between retailers and manufacturers. His success is an example of what can be achieved when trading partners work together on problems to be mutually solved, accomplishments to be mutually achieved and consumers to be mutually served, said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of GMA.

J. K. Symancyk became a centrifugal force for growth when he joined Meijer in 2006 as vice president of perishables. In seven short years, he skyrocketed to become president, the youngest leader in the retailer’s 79-year history. Symancyk’s leadership at Meijer has fueled sales growth and increased market share. It also has brought about a focus on food, innovation, sustainability programs, and locally produced merchandise. Symancyk stresses transparency with customers, and recognizes the strength in teamwork. 

“By staying strongly focused on the shopper, being open about problems and pushing to try creative things, J.K. has created a environment in which partners can work together in new and innovative ways around the shared goals of serving the consumer and responsible growth,” concluded Bailey.


Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.

Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day.  The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders. 

In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.  The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.