Awards of Excellence

IGA's prestigious Awards of Excellence Program honors the exemplary brand-building accomplishments of our members. The program’s rigorous and challenging standards create a fair and equitable process for the determination of member awards. 

2019 IGA USA Hometown Proud Award Winners

Around the nation, IGA store owners work dayin and dayout to serve their communities with the kind of personalized service and attention to detail that only comes from a locally-owned IGA store.

Each year, IGA likes to acknowledge a select few who go above and beyond as IGA Hometown Proud Retailers—a standout group in the running for IGA’s highest award, IGA International Retailer of the Year.

Each of these IGA Hometown Proud award winners will be honored at our annual IGA Awards of Excellence Ceremony in San Diego this coming February, where one of them will take home the additional title of Retailer of the Year!

Laura Malisani

Laura Malisani

Gary & Leo's Fresh Foods IGA
Havre, Montana

Serviced by: SUPERVALU - Billings

Mack McLamb

Mack McLamb

Carlie C's IGA
Dunn, North Carolina

Serviced by: Merchants Distributors, LLC

Rose & Kevin Schild

Kevin & Rose Schild

Schild's IGA
Grafton, Ohio

Serviced by: Laurel Grocery Company

Jim Shook

Jim Shook

Lake Region IGA
Hawley, Pennsylvania

Serviced by: Bozzuto's Inc.

Each IGA Hometown Proud Retailer will receive:

  • $500.00 to be used for an employee celebration, luncheon, or at the retailer’s discretion.
  • A special recognition plaque.
  • Complimentary registration for the IGA Global Rally in San Diego, February 22–24, 2019.
  • Complimentary round-trip travel and hotel accommodations courtesy of IGA.

AT THE IGA 2019 GLOBAL RALLY: All IGA Hometown Proud retailers will be recognized in the following ways:

  • Will receive an IGA Hometown Proud Retailer Awards blazer with honorary crest.
  • Will be seated along with their guests at their own reserved table at the IGA Awards of Excellence Brunch.
  • Will receive an invitation to join the selection committee for a private Hometown Proud Retailer Recognition Dinner on the evening of Thursday, February 21, 2019. Each retailer is invited to bring a spouse/guest.

The IGA USA International Retailer of the Year will be announced at the Awards of Excellence Brunch, and honored alongside the IGA International Retailers of the Year from other countries (one each from the countries represented).

Best Practice Awards

IGA retailers find creative solutions to turn challenges into opportunities all day, every day. Now you can earn industry-wide recognition for your ideas when you enter to win IGA’s inaugural Best Practice Awards.

This year’s IGA Global Rally in San Diego will dedicate a full day to exploring best practices from IGA retailers. Submit today and you could be one of 10 finalists presenting your best practice at the IGA Global Rally for the chance to win Best Practice Awards in one of three categories—each with a $1,000 cash prize! 

Here's How it Works

  • Click here to fill out a simple form to get your best practice in the running (if you’ve already submitted a best practice in 2018, you’re all set—no need to submit again). All submissions received before December 15, 2018 will be eligible.
  • A committee of IGA members and industry experts will choose 10 best practices finalists from among those submitted.
  • Finalists will be announced the first week of January.
  • Each of the 10 finalists will receive one free registration for the IGA Global Rally, where their best practice will be presented on Day 1 of the Rally, Friday, February 22.
  • Best practice winners will be chosen in three categories by open voting throughout the industry.
  • Winners will be announced at the IGA Global Rally Award Brunch; each of the three winners receives $1,000 cash prize and coverage in a special-edition industry publication. 

Need Some Inspiration?

Visit the Best Practices page on to check out the competition, and ask yourself “what am I doing to”:

  • make your store stand out from the competition
  • drive department sales
  • keep shoppers coming back
  • solve the specific problems your face 
Questions? Contact IGA’s Megan Drazer for more information at