2019 J. Frank Grimes Awards


    2019 J. Frank Grimes Award Winner

    The J. Frank Grimes Award, created in honor of IGA’s founder, is presented at the discretion of the IGA chairman to those who are driven to work beyond their own needs and desires to achieve goals benefiting the IGA brand.

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    2019 J. Frank Grimes Awards | Eddie Minton, recently retired Director of IGA Operations for MDI

    Our 2019 J. Frank Grimes recipient started his grocery career as a bag boy while in high school. After serving in the military and going to college, he returned to the industry and never left. In total he’s spent well over 50 years working in retail, ultimately ending up as the IGA champion on one of IGA’s most dedicated LDCs.

    Known throughout the industry for his passion, dedication, and an unmatched work ethic, Minton has guided the successful development of countless employees and business owners, inspiring a legion of IGA believers in his wake. 

    When we asked some of those people how they would describe his impact on their careers and their lives, the list was long. They spoke about the irreplaceable knowledge he has about the industry and the people he’s worked so hard to support. They spoke of his warmth and wit, and how much they valued not just his mentorship, but also his friendship. And finally, they spoke of the countless ways he personally made their careers, business, and lives better.