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Prime Inc has announced its 2003 Contractors of the Year. Juan Guerra, the Refrigerated Division's Contractor of the Year, resides in San Antonio TX and has been with Prime since April 1997. RTC, a division of Prime that uses company drivers, has chosen the driving team of Mark Manry and Lela Ousley as its Contractors of the Year. Manry and Ousley have been with the company since March 1999 and May 2002, respectively. Manry is from Amarillo TX and Ousley is from Richmond KY.

Chuck Arfsten, vice-president of JCPenney Operations, Charlotte NC, is the 2002 recipient of the Ray Jarr Memorial Award, the highest honor granted by USCO Logistics. These annual associate awards for 2002 also were presented by USCO: Operations Excellence Award — Brian Sulvester, project manager, Apex NC; Distribution Center Managers of the Year — Kim Gentry, Charlotte NC, and Dave Britton, Joppa MD; Corporate Associate of the Year — Manny Silva, vice-president — technical services, Naugatuck CT; and Sales Award — Mike Rosen, director — supply chain solutions, Ontario CA.

Aurora Foods Inc has appointed Eric Brenk and Michael J Hojnacki co-presidents and co-chief operating officers. Most recently, Brenk was senior vice-president — operations, and Hojnacki was senior vice-president — marketing. The company also announced that Tom Ellinwood, executive vice-president — brands, has resigned to pursue other interests.

C J “Corky” Nelson, senior executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Ryder System Inc, is departing the company to join JM Family Enterprises Inc as executive vice-president and chief financial officer. Tracy Leinbach, executive vice-president — fleet management solutions, will assume responsibilities as interim CFO. Ryder has appointed Greg Greene senior vice-president of strategic planning and development, a newly created position. He previously served as senior vice-president of Global Talent Management.

Dr Susan M Phillips has been elected to the Kroger Co's board of directors. She has been dean of the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management and professor of finance since 1998. Phillips is also a director of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co, The Chicago Board Options Exchange, and the Cantor Exchange. Kroger has named Denise R Thomas coordinator of corporate supplier diversity, a newly created position. For the past three years, she had been manager of the firm's Store #632 in Novi MI.

Mark Barry has been named vice-president of information technology at XTRA Corp. He most recently served as vice-president of IT at TTX Co.

SkyBitz has named Richard L Burtner chief financial officer. Before joining SkyBitz, he ran his own professional service business, Entrepreneurial Business Solutions LLC.

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