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INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

The 2022 Brown Bag Celebration recognized special individuals for their roles and contributions to the grocery industry. This year featured a Hall Of Fame induction as well as a new Patriot Award Winner.

Learn more about the awards and their recipients below.

2022 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION: Vincent "Jim" Lipari

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The Ohio Grocers Hall of Fame is comprised of individuals who have dedicated their lives and years of service to Ohio’s food industry.  They are among the finest examples of leadership through innovation, service and success. Inductees are nominated by fellow OGA members and approved by a nominating committee.

We are proud to induct Vincent “Jim” Lipari as the latest member of the Ohio Grocers Hall Of Fame. His extensive contributions to the food industry both regionally and nationally are just a small part of the legacy left to his family and the company he founded – Lipari Foods – in 1963. 

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2022 PATRIOT AWARD: Senator Michael Rulli

The Patriot Award is given to an individual or member company who has demonstrated a steadfast commitment and investment to the Ohio food industry, and recognized for their service and commitment to  political or legislative efforts. They are active participants of the political process and highlight the importance of advocating on behalf of the retail food industry.

Mahoning Valley has been his family’s home and place of business for generations. As Director of Operations for the 100-year old Rulli Bros. Markets, Senator Rulli understands the challenges faced by small businesses and the role they play in the vitality of our communities. He has also served as chairman of a highly effective business development group in Salem.


Senator Rulli was previously elected to the Leetonia School Board and is passionate about the education of our children. As President of the school board, he led the district through a crippling financial crisis, and the district climbed into the top 100 in the state in “value added,” a distinction Leetonia Schools held two years in a row.


As a father and husband, Senator Rulli understands the concerns of families and realizes the importance of a healthy and stable economic climate, safe communities and family values.

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Senator Michael Rulli is serving his first term in the Ohio Senate, representing the 33rd Senate District, which includes all of Columbiana and Mahoning counties.

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