PLANO, Texas, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Last year saw a wealth of change at JCPenney. A shift to centralized buying, improved merchandise statements and consistent national marketing messages resulted in the company's performance exceeding expectations. While all of the company's 250,000 associates had a hand in the effort, JCPenney will recognize close to 300 leaders from its department stores, districts, Home Office merchandising divisions and support departments whose contributions were exceptional in 2001. On April 19, JCPenney Chairman and CEO Allen Questrom will present the Chairman's Award, the company's highest award for managerial excellence, to these deserving associates at a special ceremony in Dallas. "The efforts of all our associates in 2001 led to improved results and this reinforces my confidence that we are on track for achieving our long-term performance goals," said Questrom. "With the Chairman's Award, we want to recognize those leaders who performed at the top of the class and exceeded expectations with their outstanding team effort and dedicated customer service. We are very proud to have them as JCPenney partners," he said. To receive the Chairman's Award, department stores must rank in the top 15 percent of JCPenney's 1,075 department stores nationwide and are selected on the basis of performance against plan in total sales and profit for 2001. Merchandising associates are also selected on the basis of performance against plan. Associates in the support areas of the company are nominated by senior executives for their contributions to overall company results. For a complete listing of the 2001 JCPenney Chairman's Award winners, see the attached list. J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, is one of America's largest department store, drugstore, catalog, and e-commerce retailers, employing approximately 250,000 associates. It operates 1,075 JCPenney department stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, and 54 Renner department stores in Brazil. Eckerd operates 2,641 drugstores throughout the Southeast, Sunbelt, and Northeast regions of the U.S. JCPenney Catalog, including e-commerce, is the nation's largest catalog merchant of general merchandise. J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc. is a contributor to JCPenney Afterschool Fund, a charitable organization committed to providing children with high quality after school programs to help them reach their full potential. 2001 Chairman's Award of Excellence Winners JCPenney Department Stores 78 E. Main Street, Price, Utah (Manager Marshall Hurst) Burrell Plaza, Lower Burrell, Pa. (Manager Sue Edington) 363 Aultman Street, Ely, Nev. (Manager Dan Leoni) 621 Main Street, Alamosa, Colo. (Manager David Reschke) Richmond Town Square, Cleveland, Ohio (Manager Cynthia Zahratka) 321 Main Street, Fort Morgan, Colo. (Manager Kevin Hall) 201-209 West C Street, McCook, Neb. (Manager Pete Smith) 1343 Commercial Street, Astoria, Ore. (Manager Gary Cavett) Lilac Mall, Rochester, N. H. (Manager Max Richardson) Pavilions Buckland, Manchester, Conn. (Manager Keith Mullen) Mountainview Mall, Ardmore, Okla. (Manager Janie Montgomery) Southgate Mall, Yuma, Ariz. (Manager Chuck Huskinson) Fulton Square, Canton, Ill. (Manager Terry Tuor) Chestnut Hills Mall, Murray, Ky. (Manager Jim Joiner) 53 N. Main Street, Porterville, Calif. (Manager Stan Munoz) Castleton Square Mall, Indianapolis, Ind. (Manager Vicki Dillon) Orland Park Mall, Orland Park, Ill. (Manager James Cody) 24 N. Morley Avenue, Nogales, Ariz. (Manager Felipe Salinas) Muncie Mall, Muncie, Ind. (Manager Fred Dawson) Mt. Shasta Mall, Redding, Calif. (Former Manager Timothy Deierling; Current Manager Michelle Selva) Meadowbrook Mall, Bridgeport, W. V. (Manager Tim Clark) Cortlandville Crossing, Cortland, N. Y. (Manager Ken Murray) Vincennes Plaza, Vincennes, Ind. (Former Manager Mark Alexa; Current Manager Michael Long) Tiffin Mall, Tiffin, Ohio (Manager Dan Konvolinka) Solano Mall, Fairfield, Calif. (Manager Caroline Hodges) Greenwood Park Mall, Greenwood, Ind. (Manager Jack O'Brien) Warwick Mall, Warwick, R. I. (Manager Susan Urschel) Country Club Mall, LaVale, Md. (Former Manager Corinne Bjerke; Current Manager Chuck Ferryall) Eastview Mall, Victor, N. Y. (Manager Jill Groce) Meadowood Shopping Center, Reno, N. V. (Manager Jerry Sears) Merced Mall, Merced, Calif. (Manager Ron Lawrence) Valley Mall, Hagerstown, Md. (Manager Thurman Johnson) Mesa Mall, Grand Junction, Colo. (Manager David Kloose) 300 S. Main Street, McAllen, Texas (Manager Joyce Deuser) 401 W. Main Street, Ashland, Wis. (Manager David Lawson) Crystal River Mall, Crystal River, Fla. (Former Manager Kathie Kubisek; Current Manager Scott Lerner) Crawfordsville Square, Crawfordsville, Ind. (Manager Ken Dieruf) Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw, Mich. (Manager David Nelson) Pueblo Mall, Pueblo, Colo. (Manager Bob Dreher) Ponca Plaza, Ponca City, Okla. (Manager Gail Tashiro Wheeler) The Orchards Shopping Center, Benton Harbor, Mich. (Manager Clyde Jack) Northwoods Mall, N. Charleston, S. C. (Manager Cindy Mowry) Sandusky Mall, Sandusky, Ohio (Former Manager Glenn Wiesjhan; Current Manager Rich Gotch) Arnot Mall, Horseheads, N. Y. (Manager Denise Morgan) Florence Mall, Florence, Ky. (Manager Barbara Keeling) Meyerland Plaza, Houston, Texas (Manager Jay Cook) Mt. Pleasant Shopping Center, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Former Manager Thomas Hellman; Current Manager Lois Rainero) Ohio Valley Mall, St. Clairsville, Ohio (Manager Cheryl George) Golf Mills Shopping Center, Niles, Ill. (Manager Jim Voeller) Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto, Calif. (Former Manager Robert McInelly; Current Manager Randy Peelle) Winfield Plaza, Winfield, Kan. (Manager Guy Berling) Cool Springs Galleria, Franklin, Tenn. (Manager Kimberly Boswell Lee) San Luis Plaza, Los Banos, Calif. (Manager Timothy Lyon) Weberstown Shopping Center, Stockton, Calif. (Manager Roger Hanson) Westmoreland Mall, Greensburg, Pa. (Manager Charles Glorioso) Lewiston Shopping Center, Lewiston, Idaho (Manager John Kirschman) Marshalltown Mall, Marshalltown, Iowa (Manager Ronald Dittus) 504 N. Adams Street, Carroll, Iowa (Manager Keith Winter) Northridge Mall, Salinas, Calif. (Manager Mike Martin) The Mall, Hays, Kan. (Manager Bob Thompson) Bedford Town Fair, Bedford, Ind. (Manager Cindy Proch) North Riverside Mall, North Riverside, Ill. (Manager Len Hermanson) Upper Valley Plaza, West Lebanon, N. H. (Manager Andrew Benton) Sangertown Square Mall, New Hartford, N. Y. (Manager Ron Chapuis) Louis Joliet Mall, Joliet, Ill. (Manager George Stuart) Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester, Va. (Manager Don Louque) Valley Mall, Harrisonburg, Va. (Manager Ed Crumpler) 1228 Main Street, Delano, Calif. (Manager Stan Munoz) Clearview Mall, Butler, Pa. (Manager Mary Ann Moryc) Prairie Hills Shopping Center, Dickinson, S. D. (Manager Paul Bonicelli) Broadmoor Shopping Center, Hobbs, N. M. (Manager Robert Adams) Miracle City Mall, Titusville, Fla. (Manager Rocky Mosley) Central Mall, Texarkana, Texas (Manager Stanley White) Richmond Plaza, Rockingham, N. C. (Manager Terry Greene) White Marsh Mall, Baltimore, Md. (Manager Ben Bjerke) Lake View Center, Manitowoc, Wis. (Former Manager David Biundo; Current Manager Lynn Ehlers) Eastgate Mall, Cincinnati, Ohio (Manager Dan Mlinarik) Colonial Mall, Staunton, Va. (Manager Ray Fadool) Grand Central Mall, Parkersburg, W. V. (Former Manager Mike Shaffer; Current Manager Thomas Hellman) Bradford Square, Hopkinsville, Ky. (Former Manager Beverly Allen; Current Manager Stephanie Neblett) Cache Valley Mall, Logan, Utah (Manager Gary Hanson) Greenwood Mall, Bowling Green, Ky. (Manager Rick Abercrombie) Forest Village Park, Forestville, Md. (Manager Ronald Rupe) Parkdale Mall, Beaumont, Texas (Manager Nancy Avery) Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, N. Y. (Manager Darlene Leydecker) Genesee Valley Center, Flint, Mich. (Manager Jim Bellew) Capitol Mall, Jefferson City, Mo. (Manager Rod Schweitzer) Freedom Mall, Rome, N. Y. (Manager Steve Young) Ponderosa Plaza, Prescott, Ariz. (Former Manager Robert Davis; Current Manager Fred Brown) Green Mountain Mall, St. Johnsbury, Vt. (Manager Tami Mayers) Crossroads Mall, Mt. Hope, W. V. (Manager Lyle Sageser) Indiana Mall, Indiana, Pa. (Manager Joe Westcott) Ponce de Leon Mall, St. Augustine, Fla. (Former Manager Carla Finney; Current Manager Ruthie Sullivan) Fair Shopping Center, Sterling, Colo. (Manager Kevin Hall) Frontier Mall, Cheyenne, Wyo. (Manager Wally St. Clair) Southside Mall, Oneonta, N. Y. (Manager David Barrow) Town Center, Charleston, W. V. (Manager Jack Hipple) Rogue Valley Mall, Medford, Ore. (Manager Frank Clifton) Kentucky Oaks Mall, Paducah, Ky. (Former Manager Jennifer Lambert; Current Manager Wayne Heath) Middlesboro Mall, Middlesboro, Ky. (Manager Len Beal) Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces, N. M. (Manager Joy Wilson) Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, Md. (Former Manager Blaine Wilson; Current Manager Frank Sullivan) Willowbrook Mall, Houston, Texas (Manager Doug Van Westen) San Jacinto Mall, Baytown, Texas (Manager Walt Parker) Oakwood Mall, Enid, Okla. (Manager Richard Lytle) Pierre Bossier Mall, Bossier City, La. (Former Manager Prince Mims; Current Manager Debra Kellum) Dartmouth Mall, North Dartmouth, Mass. (Manager Jim Nichols) Westgate Mall, Amarillo, Texas (Manager Bill Kolb) Northshore Square, Slidell, La. (Manager Jerry Dale) Greeley Mall, Greeley, Colo. (Manager Lin Birney) County Fair Mall, Woodland, Calif. (Manager Jim Fuller) Columbia Mall, Columbia, Mo. (Former Manager Richard Lord; Current Manager Royce Bervig) Three Rivers Mall, Kelso, Wash. (Former Manager Debi Arnold; Current Manager Cy Kelly) Northgate Mall, Tullahoma, Tenn. (Manager Paul Larson) Champlain Centre, Plattsburgh, N. Y. (Manager Scott Rasnake) Southwest Plaza, Littleton, Colo. (Former Manager Kirk Bell; Current Manager Deanne Reitzer) Pinecreek Center, Grass Valley, Calif. (Manager Dennis Sproviero) Grand Traverse Mall, Traverse City, Mich. (Former Manager Mark Hollenbaugh; Current Manager Jennifer Lambert) Mid-Valley Mall, Sunnyside, Wash. (Manager Jonica Bridges) Chesapeake Square, Chesapeake, Va. (Manager Linda Noel Vernillo) Greeneville Commons, Greeneville, Tenn. (Manager Patrick Wine) Black Gold Mall, Hazard, Ky. (Manager Brian Zachrich) Uniontown Mall, Uniontown, Pa. (Manager Laura Naulty) Park Pineway Center, Show Low, Ariz. (Manager Catherine McKasson) Green River Plaza, Campbellsville, Ky. (Manager Rick Gwynn) McKinley Mall, Blasdell, N. Y. (Manager John Anderson) Connecticut Post Mall, Milford, Conn. (Former Manager Martin Teeuwen; Current Manager Tim Hart) West Oaks Mall, Houston, Texas, (Manager Frank Thielen) Havasu North Center, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. (Former Manager Mark Piller; Current Manager Bill Ahern) Galleria Mall, Johnstown, Pa. (Manager Norah Anzalone) Greece Ridge Center, Greece, N. Y. (Manager Elaine Edwards) Silver City Galleria, Taunton, Mass. (Manager Lonnie Bethune) 1201 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Ill. (Manager Leon Keizer) Olean Center Mall, Olean, N. Y. (Manager Ken Sparks) Fayette Mall, Lexington, Ky. (Manager Don Wade) Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, Mo. (Manager Mark Francis) 1050 S. Bishop Avenue, Rolla, Mo. (Manager Gary Grice) Mid Rivers Mall, St. Peters, Mo. (Manager Todd Barnes) Peachtree Mall, Columbus, Ga. (Manager Keith Booker) Layton Hills Mall, Layton, Utah (Manager Mary Hall) Searstown Mall, Leominster, Mass. (Manager David Fields) Aviation Mall, Queensbury, N. Y. (Manager Kevin Calzonetti) McMinnville Plaza, McMinnville, Ore. (Manager Brent Carefoot) Turtle Creek Mall, Hattiesburg, Miss. (Manager Roy Viator) Kingman Square Shopping Center, Kingman, Ariz. (Manager Jerry Carpineta) Tuttle Crossing Mall, Dublin, Ohio (Manager Dana Rezabek) Wolfchase Galleria, Memphis, Tenn. (Manager Joseph Morea) Cottonwood Mall, Albuquerque, N. M. (Manager Gwen Lawson-Digman) Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, Mass. (Manager Mark Bury) Stones River Mall, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Former Manager Debra Kellum; Current Manager Sam Beauregard) Capital City Mall, Camp Hill, Pa. (Manager Thomas Burke) Bay Plaza Mall, Bronx, N. Y. (Manager Joe Cardamone) Deerbrook Mall, Humble, Texas (Manager Karen Beauchamp) Chautauqua Mall, Lakewood, N. Y. (Manager Rhona Watson) Countryside Plaza II, Turlock, Calif. (Manager Richard Brower) Metrocenter, Phoenix, Ariz. (Former Manager Paul Kuzdas; Current Manager Ron Rhoads) Owings Mills Town Center, Owings Mills, Md. (Former Manager Brian Paulsen; Current Manager Ethel Mangum) Woodland Plaza II, Paso Robles, Calif. (Manager Floyd Olsen) Wildewood Shopping Center, California, Md. (Manager Anthony Patrick) Citrus Park Mall, Tampa, Fla. (Manager Gary Allenbaugh) Mall of New Hampshire, Manchester, N. H. (Manager Jim Ballard) Rio Grande Plaza, Rio Grande, N. J. (Manager Timothy DeMuth) 1512 Military Road, Benton, Ark. (Manager Don Ewing) Deptford Mall, Deptford, N. J. (Manager Bruce Gaunt) West Street Shopping Center, Keene, N. H. (Manager Joanne Williams) Plaza Centro 2 Mall, Caguas, P. R. (Manager Noel De Jesus) Promenade North Temecula, Temecula, Calif. (Former Manager Kathy Beauchamp; Current Manager Liz Kancler) Rivertown Crossing, Grandville, Mich. (Manager Karen Bowyer) Hanover Mall, Hanover, Mass. (Manager Mia Steinhelfer) The Lakes Mall, Muskegon, Mich. (Manager Frank Krol) District Managers Jane Battaglia, San Diego, Calif. Steve Duran, Warwick, R. I. Linda Goodale, Nashua, N. H. Paul Lemmon, Des Peres, Mo. Doug Martin, Denver, Colo. Ron McMichael, Indianapolis, Ind. Home Office Merchandising Associates Laura Batey, buyer of girls bottoms and dresses, Children's Cal Baumann, buyer of sheets\pillows, Home Steve Berry, buyer of junior\misses active outerwear, Women's Apparel Mitzi Cleveland, product development manager for JCPenney Home Collection, Home Katie Erb, product development manager for JCPenney Home Collection, Home Marsha Essman, buyer of career private brand for special sizes, Women's Apparel Derrick Flowers, buyer of young men's collections, Men's Ann Gravseth, vice president\product development director, Women's Accessories Patty Griffith, product development manager for private brand intimate apparel, Women's Accessories Karen Hansen-Sorahan, product development manager for Liz Baker\Worthington Essentials, Women's Apparel Cindy Henderson, buyer of blankets\throws, Home Janet Hercules, buyer of sleepwear\robes, Women's Accessories Jan Hodges, buyer of junior bottoms\jeanswear, Women's Apparel Steve Jebbia, divisional merchandise manager for bedding & bath, Home Bill Kruder, buyer of misses casual bottoms, Women's Apparel Beth Kuettel, buyer of junior dresses, Women's Apparel Susan Marley, buyer of junior coordinates\fashion bottoms, Women's Apparel Ceil McDermott, divisional merchandise manager for intimate apparel\sleepwear, Women's Accessories Mark McDevitt, divisional merchandise manager for juniors, Women's Apparel Steve McKeever, buyer of decorative bed coverings, Home Debi Rabinovitz, buyer of misses rainwear\women's outerwear, Women's Apparel Rene Salazar, buyer of cookware, Home Katheryn Stalker, buyer of sweaters, Women's Apparel Shari Whitson, buyer of bras, Women's Accessories Laura Williams, buyer of towels\bath\rugs, Home Julie Wofford, product development manager for handbags\hosiery\slippers, Women's Accessories Marycarol Wolfendale, buyer of junior national brand tops, Women's Apparel Stacey Zimmerman, buyer of national brand separates\tops, Women's Apparel Home Office Stores, Merchandising Support and Catalog Departments Dave Anderson, district manager of outlet stores, JCPenney Direct Liz Asay, store merchandise planning coordinator, Women's Apparel Rick Baker, store merchandise planning coordinator, Family Footwear George Beck, marketing specialist, Women's Apparel Jac Brown, senior real estate negotiator, Real Estate Jeff Buttimer, project manager, Merchandise Operations Merle Davidson, manager of local market media, Strategic Marketing Kevin Fuller, catalog inventory manager, JCPenney Direct Rick Jones, store merchandise planning director, Family Footwear Robert Keller, manager of energy management, Energy & Facilities Maintenance Gary Maciejewski, director of merchandise systems applications, Planning & Allocation Mike Marschewski, marketing manager, Home Heidi Martinson, marketing specialist, Women's Accessories Sandra Mason, regional budget manager, Northeast Region Roland Medrano, sourcing manager, Quality & Sourcing Karen Meskey-Wilson, store merchandise planning director, Home Melinda Owen, regional store environment manager, West Region Terry Riley, supply chain specialist, Children's Richard Schart, supply compliance and logistics processes director, Logistics Jeff Tawney, senior supply chain specialist, Women's Apparel Sandy Toop, supply chain specialist, Men's Robert Wells, manager of space utilization in store environment, Store Environment Karen Willis, marketing manager, Women's Apparel Support Departments Terry Atkins, senior systems project manager, Information Technology Cathy Bonet, savings plan project manager, Benefits Mark Clemens, systems development manager, Information Technology Jim Cuva, human resources project manager, Human Resources Ron Dohmeyer, manager of private brands, International Greg Furr, data warehouse and stock ledger manager, Finance Robin Goode, senior systems project manager, Information Technology Kaye Hambright, senior project manager, Compensation Kervin Hartman, manager of compliance, Tax Services Grant Hurst, senior counsel, corporate and security group, Legal Sammie McPherson, senior systems development manager, Information Technology Rob Larson, manager of loss prevention operations, Loss Prevention Stewart Mitchell, senior attorney and senior counsel, Legal Jim Molzahn, senior audit manager, Audit Phil Sanchez, manager of financing, Treasurer's John Shepherd, strategic sourcing manager, Purchasing Sue Sloan, senior systems development manager, Information Technology Ed Solczak, director of JCPenney Afterschool, Communications Steve Toledo, human resources development instructor, Human Resources MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X28359883
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