IRVINE, Calif. — Twenty-one Advantage Solutions leaders have been named 2023 Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer. Now in its 17th year, the Top Women in Grocery awards honor the vital role women play across the food retail industry.

“Advantage is a place where women lead,” says Advantage CEO Dave Peacock. “They have powered our business partners’ growth — and positively impacted the consumer packaged goods and retail industry as a whole — for more than 30 years.

“The leadership and expertise of our 2023 Top Women in Grocery honorees make us better, our clients and customers more competitive and shoppers everywhere happier. They’re among the women leaders at Advantage who are fueling our company’s transformation that will propel our growth.”

Advantage Solutions’ 2023 Top Women in Grocery awardees are:

Senior-Level Executives

Vicki Combs, vice president, operations, Retail Odyssey
Marianne Shick, vice president, business development, Advantage Sales

Rising Stars

Anita Baldwinson, director of marketing, SAS Retail Services
Jolie Bourque, director of technology, SAS Retail Services
Nicole Burns
, senior manager, talent acquisition, SAS Retail Services
Stacey Carew, team leader, category management, Advantage Intelligence
Shawna Collins, director of operations, Central Division, Walmart, SAS Retail Services
Laura Cosgrove, associate industry director-Walmart consumables, Advantage Retailtainment
Rachel Dippel, director of retail operations, Walmart Syndicated, SAS Retail Services
Connie Germoso, retail operations manager, Advantage Sales
Angela Hopkinson, director of retail operations, SAS Retail Services
Karen Hunstiger, senior director of training, SAS Retail Services
Theresa Hutchison, director of talent acquisition, SAS Retail Services
Kandayce M. Lee, director of talent development, SAS Retail Services
Julie Moore, creative director, Waypoint
Megan Morgan, senior business manager, Daymon
Megan Shumaker, senior manager, category solutions, Daymon
Nicole Spaulding, director, sourcing, Daymon
Susan Strzok, retail operations manager, Advantage Sales
Lindsay Thomas, marketing manager, Daymon
Melinda Wilson, director, retail operations, Advantage Sales

Karen Hunstiger has been honored for three consecutive years and Connie Germoso and Marianne Shick for two consecutive years.

“I’m continually impressed and inspired by our associates’ talent, heart for service and unwavering commitment to delivering results — and I’m very happy Progressive Grocer recognizes these qualities in these leaders,” Peacock says.

Advantage is “strongly committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace where everyone can feel they belong while they pursue their business and personal career goals,” Peacock says. “We have more work to do, but our people are our greatest asset, and these women serve as examples of our people-powered culture — a culture that translates our teammates’ achievements into success for our consumer packaged goods and retailer partners.”