2021 AWARD WINNERS
The 2021 Virtual Brown Bag Celebration featured the Pinnacle Award Winners and Associate of the Year winner below. We invite you to watch their presentation videos and learn more about the companies that exemplified the Best of the Industry in 2021!
The OGA Pinnacle Awards are given annually to recognize overall excellence in retail operations, and are the highest awards given by the Ohio Grocers Association.
SMALL OPERATOR: Weiland's Market
Weiland’s was founded in 1961 by John Williams and George Weiland. It started as a small market called Weiland’s Fine Meats on High Street in Clintonville. Since then, thanks to their loyal customers, the store continued to grow.
In 1962, Weiland’s moved to its second, larger location at Indianola Avenue and Garden Road, and over time added more groceries, seafood, a deli and produce, and started offering catering. This location was expanded three times before the store moved to the current 18,000-square foot location in 1999. Weiland’s prides itself on excellent customer service and a wide range of delicious food and beverages.
John Williams, a third-generation grocer, passed away on June 1, 2016. In August 2011, his daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Scott Bowman, took over the business. Scott and Jennifer are proud to continue the Weiland’s tradition.
LARGE OPERATOR: Dave's Markets
Dave's Supermarkets was founded in the late 1920's when Alex Saltzman, the first of five generations of grocers, hung up reins in his horse drawn produce wagon and opened the first corner family store at 33rd and Payne Avenue in Cleveland. The store was named for Alex's son, Dave who succeeded his father in the business.
Following in Dave's footstep was his son Burton who recognized that the store needed to address the growing needs of their customers. Over the years, Burton along with his two sons, Dan and Steve Saltzman, have expanded upon the company's original vision and continue to grow the chain. Dave's is the only retail food store to invest significantly in Cleveland in recent years.
New and exciting developments at Dave's included the acquisition of four new locations in 2007 as well as the launch of Dave's Mercado at the Ridge Road location. The Mercado provides the largest selection of hispanic foods in the Cleveland area. The Saltzman Family is proud to have stores serving 13 local neighborhoods.
ASSOCIATE OF THE YEAR: Sedgwick
Much like the OGA Pinnacle Awards, which recognize overall excellence in food industry retail operations, the Associate of the Year Award recognizes excellence from our Associate members. The criteria are based on: creativity, merchandising, innovation, human resources, community relations and overall successful operation.
The Sedgwick team includes the experienced colleagues from CompManagement and CareWorks Comp. The two companies merged and are now Sedgwick. Together, we serve nearly 65,000 Ohio employers including organizations of all sizes operating in various industries across the state.
Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio (MCO) is a workers’ compensation managed care organization focused on helping injured employees return to work safely and quickly. We provide seamless solutions to support employees throughout their recovery and help clients control expenses and reduce lost workdays.