Pear Bureau Northwest Announces Winners in 2015 Display Contest

Pear Bureau Northwest Presented Awards to 39 Retail Produce Personnel from Across the U.S. and Canada

 Portland, Ore. (June 15, 2015) – Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to announce the 39 winners of its second annual “Pear Up with USA Pears” display

contest.  The contest invited all retailers from across the U.S. and Canada to build an eye-catching display that features Green Anjou, Red Anjou, and Bosc pears at minimum, with inclusion of other varieties of USA Pears encouraged. To qualify for the contest, the display was required to be maintained for at least one week during the January – March timeframe.


Entries were judged on a 100 point scale for appearance, creativity, and educational impact. Five bonus points were added to entries that included any of the jumbo size pears readily available this season.  As recognition for their participation, all who entered were awarded a gift card for valued at $20.


“The produce managers participating in the contest went over and above with eye-catching and educational displays that are sure to increase pear sales for their

retailers,” noted Kathy Stephenson, Marketing Communications Director at Pear Bureau Northwest. “Selecting only a few winners was a difficult task, with many entries showing exceptional creativity. We appreciate everyone who created memorable displays and thank them for contributing to our pear category.”


First, second, and third place winners plus ten honorable mentions were named in three store categories (1 – 5 cash registers, 6 – 9 cash registers, and 10+ cash registers), for a total of 39 cash prizes being awarded.


Winners in each store category have received:

  • 1st Place: $1,000
  • 2nd Place: $750
  • 3rd Place: $500
  • 10 Honorable Mentions: $150 each

The winners for the 1 – 5 cash registers category are:

1st Place: Nicoline Hill, Billie’s Market, Onamia, Minnesota

2nd Place: Kelly Kesler, Kesler’s Market, Blackfoot, Idaho (Kelly’s second year in top 3)

3rd Place: Holly Mathis, Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, Carbondale, Illinois

Honorable Mentions:

Sheila Burt, Mike’s Food Center, St. Charles, Minnesota

Lynette DeClerck, Pana County Market, Pana, Illinois

Ryan Ellison, Food City, Oliver Springs, Tennessee

Nancy Hoffstetter, Cortland Sparkle Market, Cortland, Ohio

Jason Kirkpatrick, Foodland, South Pittsburgh, Tennessee

Susan Kotarba, Hardings Market, Dowagiac, Michigan

Kia LaPier, Tops Markets, Schroon Lake, New York

Titus Lohr, Al’s Supermarkets West, LaPorte, Indiana

Kelly Nowak, Leppinks Food Center, Belding, Michigan

Randy Tolleson, Foodland, Boaz, Alabama


The winners for the 6 – 9 cash registers category are:

1st Place: Kathie Meyer, Port Townsend Food Co-op, Port Townsend, Washington

2nd Place: David Scarlett, KVAT Food Stores, Knoxville, Tennessee

3rd Place: George Marken, United States Air Force Commissary, USAFA, Colorado

 Honorable Mentions:

Dawn Beckby, Henderson’s IGA, Valentine, Nebraska

Brad Clark, Harps, Springdale, Arkansas

David Dozier, GFF Foods, Moore, Oklahoma

Michael Garrett, Rosauers Supermarkets, Yakima, Washington

Nathan Goldsmith, Huckleberry’s Natural Market, Spokane, Washington

Chad Miller, Sprouts Market, Flower Mound, Texas

Efrain Ruiz, Ray’s Foodplace, Cloverdale, California

Susan Seward, Safeway, Yakima, Washington

Chad Sinclair, Kuhn’s Market, Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Bill Pfannenstiel, Price Cutter Plus, Lebanon, Missouri


The winners for the 10 or more cash registers category are:

1st Place: Ken Marske, Schmitz’s, Spooner, Wisconsin

2nd Place: David Fugiel, Caputos, Carole Stream, Illinois

3rd Place: G. Michael Oliver, Pennington Quality Market, New Jersey

Honorable Mentions:

Amy Bell, Haggen, Gig Harbor, Washington

Cay McConnell, Food City, Blountville, Tennessee

Esteban Gonzalez, Rouse’s Market, Gretma, Virginia

Justin Fiscus, Dutchway, Myerstow, Pennsylvania

Mario Decaro, Tops Market, Cheektowaga, New York

Michelle Bowley, Marketplace Foods, Minot, North Dakota

Pat Deroche, Rouses Market, Houma, Louisiana

Terry Inder, Dominion, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Tim Oldenkamp, Safeway, Silverdale, Washington

Travis Jones, Food City (KVAT), Kingsport, Tennessee


For photos of the winning entries, visit our webpage.


About Pear Bureau Northwest and USA Pears

Pear Bureau Northwest is a non-profit marketing organization established in 1931 to promote the fresh USA Pears grown in Washington and Oregon, home to 84% of the US fresh pear crop.  The Bureau represents 1,600 growers and develops national and international markets for Northwest pear distribution.  For more information, visit

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