Food Marketing Institute has presented its Herbert Hoover Award for humanitarian service in the food industry to J.H. "Jay" Campbell Jr., president and CEO, Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, La.
He accepted the honor at FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference, Phoenix.
Under his leadership, Associated Grocers continues to rank among the top five employers among privately owned companies in the Greater Baton Rouge area, and the company is well recognized for its technological achievements across new business intelligence, data synchronization and customer service tools.
Campbell has also maintained the company’s positive direction in spite of the economic pressures that Louisiana has witnessed over its history. Attributed to his fortitude, Associated Grocers has received a list of business accolades, which include recognition from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development as the 2003 Lantern Award in Food Technology; an Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist in 2002 by the Greater Baton-Rouge Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; and he has received numerous other awards regarding his ethics.
He serves on various professional committees and boards, including FMI’s board of directors, and he has been an asset to innumerable local initiatives, such as the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and the Capital Area United Way.
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Eight years ago, Campbell reflected on his experiences during Hurricane Katrina with an audience of senior leaders at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, saying: “With the loss of homes, property, business and income and jobs, livelihoods and lifestyles, there were some constants: They were family, they were friends, they were our associates and our neighbors, there was philanthropy, there was charity, there was love, care, and there was concern. The relationships will endure regardless of any disaster, situation or circumstance, and I would recommend to each of you to nurture the relationships that you have, and focus on service to others in each and every endeavor that you do.”
Harris Teeter president and COO Fred Morganthall commented in a video testimonial, “Jay, we are all indebted to you for your service to your community, your service to FMI and your fellow retailers, and frankly, the friendship you provide to many of us on this board and in this organization.”
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