Long-time Rite Aid employee Gary Mansuy, senior director of merchandising, received the prestigious President's Award posthumously during the company's recent annual management and supplier exhibition. A resident of Lewisberry, Pa, he passed away on June 21, 2007, at the age of 61.
"Gary was someone we always trusted to do the right thing. He consistently demonstrated integrity [and] talent, and met every performance standard," said Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "He was a person of action, not just words, and worked tirelessly with corporate planners, regional vice presidents, store merchandisers, and store managers to reap the best possible results."
"He was a very special man, one who commanded respect and admiration," continued Sammons. "His legacy lives on in the people he's worked with and throughout the merchandising department. His 37 years of unparalleled devotion, dedication, and duty to Rite Aid make him the perfect recipient of the President's Award."
The President's Award was created to honor a Rite Aid associate who consistently demonstrates high standards of performance, talent, integrity, a positive attitude, creativity, and the willingness to meet challenges that arise.
A US Navy Veteran, Mansuy joined the Rite Aid team in 1970 as a store manager in Hoboken, NJ. He was quickly promoted to district supervisor and then division manager, where he oversaw 130 stores. He moved to corporate headquarters in the early 1990s and held various positions in operations and merchandising. Most recently, as senior director of merchandising, he played an integral role in developing merchandising reset plans for the integration of the Brooks and Eckerd drugstore chains, recently acquired by Rite Aid.