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    Retail Veteran Dan Abraham Honored

    Garb-Ko executive receives Hedy Halpert Award for diversity.

    SALT LAKE CITY -- The Network of Executive Women awarded its 2005 Hedy Halpert Diversity Awareness Award to Daniel Abraham, president and CEO of convenience store operator Garb-ko, Inc., and past president of the National Association of Convenience Stores.

    Abraham was recognized for being “an ardent supporter of women in the convenience retailing channel.” Presenting the award were NEW President-Elect Jennie Jones, vice president, marketing, of S&D Coffee, and Elizabethe Bogart, NEW's secretary and vice president, industry affairs, for the National Association of Convenience Stores.

    Abraham has been president and CEO of 7-Eleven operator Garb-Ko since his family acquired the firm in 1983. He is active in community and industry affairs board member of various professional organizations.

    He is an active supporter of women in the industry. He established a Women's Forum within his own company to provide mentoring and other resources. According to his award nomination, “His commitment to excellence and diversity is evident in his zeal to recruit, retain and promote women in his organization.”

    The Hedy Halpert Diversity Awareness Award was created to honor the late Hedy Halpert, a founding member of the Network of Executive Women and a publisher of several industry publications, including Convenience Store News. The first Halpert Award was presented in 2002 to Jim Keyes, CEO of 7-Eleven. In 2003 the award recognized Michele Hanson, vice president of First Data Corp. and a NEW founder and board member. Last year it was awarded to Dave Onorato, vice president, national convenience store sales, for The Hershey Company.

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