Doc’s Food Store’s Jim Brown and Rouse’s Donna Madere Dickerson Among Winners of AWG’s Annual Achievement Award

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) announced the winners of several prestigious member awards as part of its annual report release. The recipients are Community Service Award winners Lou Fox, Jim Brown, of Doc’s Food Stores, Inc., and Store Manager of the Year, Donna Madere-Dickerson, of Rouse’s Enterprises, LLC.

The Lou Fox Award is presented annually in honor of Lou Fox, CEO and President of AWG from 1955 to 1983. The recipient is an AWG Member Retailer who demonstrates exceptional leadership, towards its community and defends the values ​​of AWG. Jim operates twelve successful stores in the greater Tulsa, Oklahoma area. Jim has served in a variety of ways, including as a founding member of the Bixby Education Endowment Foundation 50 years ago. He also served on the YMCA Board of Directors and New Facility Fundraising Committee to raise $3 million for a new family facility. He also ran the Bixby

Football Booster Club, president and member of the Bixby Chamber of Commerce, OFI-CRS

Board of Directors and the National Grocers Association (NGA) Board of Directors. In 2001 Jim was awarded the NGA “Spirit of

America,” and again in 2018, he received the NGA’s highest honor for government and public affairs, “The Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award.” Jim’s passion for education is reflected in generous support of the Bixby Schools Education and Fine Arts Departments and an established scholarship through the Oklahoma Grocers Association as a founding member from 1990-2020 He is also an ongoing sponsor of First Tee of Tulsa, promoting character development and values ​​that improve lives through golf for young people. Jim is very active in the work, outreach and fellowship of Asbury Methodist Church, of which he is a member.

“Jim has always considered his most important role in the community to be helping families,” said David Smith, President and CEO of AWG. “He is passionate about giving back by supporting education, community service and general goodwill. It is a great privilege for us to recognize excellent independent grocers who are also strong supporters of the community.

The AWG Store Manager of the Year is awarded annually to the manager or store manager within the co-op who has best demonstrated excellence in leadership and extraordinary store operations. “This year’s award winner is truly a special kind of leader, and you can see why everyone on her team loves her,” Smith said.

In Donna Madere-Dickerson’s five years at Rouses as a Store Manager, she operated four different high-volume locations. Currently, she manages Rouses in Baton Rouge, LA. One of Donna’s strengths is building strong and highly effective teams. She has been very successful in staying well-staffed during the pandemic and Hurricane Ida. She lives by believing that your associates will want to work with you if they are treated well and feel wanted. Under his leadership, Rouses has built great relationships with the local community by partnering with LSU Athletics food drives, news station WBRZ food drives and blood drives, and partnering with The Shepherd’s Market. Food Pantry, helping neighbors in need.

“Donna is a ‘Can Do – Will Do’ leader,” said Jeff Zerweck, Rouses Regional Operations Manager. “She leads her team with that mentality. When you talk to his team, you can see how they embrace him and his vision. Donna is all about teaching, training, supporting and pushing her team to be their best every day. This can be seen in the conditions of her store and the management team she has built. She’s always there for support, pushing sales, and creating the next great leader. »

Valu Merchandisers Company (VMC), a subsidiary of AWG, presented its Award of Excellence to Harps in Greenbrier, Ark., owned by Harp’s Food Stores, Inc. Harps is a prime example of merchandising excellence and is the leader and best in class in managing successful and profitable non-food and specialty programs.

AWG also announced the winners of 13 additional awards in each department. These winners include:

  • AWG Brands – Hays Cash Saver in Henderson, Tennessee, owned by Dyer Foods, Inc.
  • Produce (two winners)
    • Greer’s in Mobile, Ala. owned by Autry Greer & Sons, Inc.
    • HG Hill in Pleasant View, Tennessee, owned by S & C Foods, Inc.
  • Bakery (two winners)
    • Homeland in Duncan, Okla. owned by HAC, Inc.
    • Van Til Supermarket in Hammond, Indiana, owned by Van Til’s Supermarket, Inc.
  • Foodservice – Tony’s Fresh Market in Berwyn, Illinois, owned by Tony’s Finer Foods Enterprises, Inc.
  • Floral – Super Saver in Grand Island, Neb. owned by B&R Stores, Inc.
  • Seafood – Chicken Coop in Prairie Village, Kan. owned by Four B Corp.
  • Center Store – Hardy Cash Saver in Hardy, Ark. owned by Bill’s Super Foods, Inc.
  • Meat – Checkers in Lawrence, Kan. owned by Hillcrest Foods, Inc.
  • Merchandising event (two winners)
    • Crest in Oklahoma City, Okla. owned by Crest Discount Foods, Inc.
    • Ptacek’s in Prescott, Wisconsin, owned by Ptacek IGA, Inc.
  • Omnichannel – Reasor’s in Tulsa, Okla. owned by Brookshire Grocery Co.


Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) is the nation’s largest cooperative food wholesaler for independent supermarkets, serving more than 1,100 member businesses and more than 3,200 locations in 28 states from 9 comprehensive wholesale divisions. AWG’s consolidated sales are $10.8 billion. In addition to its cooperative wholesale operations, the Company also operates subsidiaries that provide certain property development and supermarket services, print and digital marketing services, health and beauty care, general merchandise, pharmaceuticals, specialty foods, and natural and organic products. For more information, visit and follow @AWGCorporate on Twitter.