News Release
 November 29, 2002
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
(716) 635-5885

Will Travel to India with Group Study Exchange

Williamsville, NY… Rochelle Beard, an associate with Tops Markets, LLC. has been selected to participate in the Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE). She is one of four young business professionals who will travel to the Gujurat area of India in January 2003 to study their respective vocations, as well as India's institutions, culture and business practices.

The GSE is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults. Each year, the Rotary Foundation organizes approximately 600 exchanges between Rotary districts throughout the world. The Grand Island Rotary, part of Rotary District 7090 made up of 74 clubs in Southern Ontario and Western New York, sponsored Beard for the program. She was selected and endorsed by the District Group Study Exchange Committee after being nominated by Rotary member Fran Davis, store manager of the Grand Island Tops Friendly Market.

Beard is currently participating in the Ahold Masters Management Development Program (AMMDP) through Tops' parent company, Ahold USA, and is focusing on marketing and category management. The AMMDP is an executive training program that is among the most aggressive and progressive programs in the supermarket industry.

Beard holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Howard University in Washington, DC and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in her hometown of Cleveland, OH. She has also studied at the Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom.

Tops Markets, LLC is one of six retail operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S. Tops currently operates 156 Tops Friendly Markets, 212 convenience stores under the Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Tops Xpress banners, and 9 B-Kwik Food Markets in New York, Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio.


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