TraceGains Names 2020 Community Award Winners

Posted by Denis Storey on May 14, 2020 at 1:13 PM

TraceGains Names 2020 Community Award WinnersIn advance of TGCon Live 2020, an interactive, online user conference, TraceGains has announced winners of the 2020 TraceGains Community Awards, which recognize customers and suppliers who drive innovation with TraceGains solutions.

“It’s an honor to recognize the 2020 TraceGains Community Award winners and finalists when so many people in our industry are working overtime to ensure we’re fed and cared for,” TraceGains CEO Gary Nowacki said. “The award winners and finalists are driving significant business value through exceptional use of TraceGains solutions and represent the best from among the TraceGains community.”

This year, Nowacki recognized finalists and winners through a LinkedIn video.

“While we can’t bring everyone together in Denver as planned, we’re excited to recognize the winners and finalists by carrying on a much-loved tradition,” Vice President of Marketing Annie Wissner added. “We’re looking forward to continue the celebration at our first virtual user conference in August.”

2020 TraceGains Community Award Winners

The seventh annual awards highlight top TraceGains customers and suppliers who not only demonstrate exceptional use of TraceGains solutions but leadership in the community.

Collaboration Award: This honor acknowledges companies that have achieved seamless collaboration across departments and with external supply chain partners through the use of TraceGains.

This year’s Collaboration Award went to Katie Jantti, Janel Keep, Andrew Herndon, and Katelyn Ehrnman at Corbion. The Dutch company produces bioingredient-based foods, chemicals derived from organic acids, and lactic acid-based solutions for the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries and is a model example of a true TraceGains partnership with not only their suppliers, but also internally with different departments. Corbion expanded TraceGains usage globally within the company to knock down siloes while assembling a community built on shared knowledge. Team members have taken it upon themselves to share what they learn from TraceGains training and one-on-one support with their coworkers, ensuring everyone is trained and ready to act.    

Leadership Award: This award recognizes companies that have driven business transformation through integration of TraceGains solutions into company culture.

The 2020 Leadership Award went to Tom Dubinski, Joe Pilewski, and Kyle Scalzo from Arizona Nutritional Supplements. A relatively new member of the TraceGains family, Arizona Nutritional Supplements, one of the country’s leading dietary supplement manufacturers, hit the ground running with successful and fast implementations of nearly the entire TraceGains product suite. Tom, Kyle, and Joe championed the implementations in new and creative ways and have improved cross-functional collaboration across the company. 

TraceGains Power User Award: This accolade highlights users who have demonstrated advanced and innovative implementation of TraceGains solutions.

This year’s Power User Award went to Kim Wadino from SugarCreek Packing Co. Kim Wadino is a TraceGains force of nature. In less than a year, Kim had six facilities up and running on Quality Management, eliminating all paper processes at the company. Kim not only pushes her team toward excellence, but the TraceGains team as well. Her feedback has led TraceGains to offer more validation and reporting capabilities.

TraceGains Network Award: This award highlights the dedication to using TraceGains Network to connect with customers and revolutionize the exchange of information.

Angela Echols and Kelsey Lang from Bay State Milling Co. take home the 2020 TraceGains Network Award. Bay State Milling has been a supplier since August 2015. They have a large footprint in TraceGains Network with more than 60 connected customers and more than 11,500 documents. Angela and Kelsey have shown an enduring commitment to pursuing their TraceGains education to better serve their customers.

Retailer of the Year: This final award recognizes retail companies that have achieved the greatest number of connections and engagement on TraceGains Network.

Elaine Gartner and the team from Schnucks Markets earned the 2020 Retailer of the Year award. Elaine has managed a partnership with the Schnucks Center of Excellence and Digital Analytics teams to load 1,674 suppliers in the system, make more than 1,000 connections, and personally review at least 6,288 documents. This effort ensures Schnuck’s continued compliance with food safety regulations. Additionally, Elaine and the Schnucks team have worked with TraceGains to improve workflows and capabilities for retail customers. Their work was instrumental in helping to develop better ways to onboard broker and distributor suppliers, allowing retailers to have a better view of their whole supply chain.

2020 TraceGains Community Award Finalists

TraceGains received a record number of nominations across five categories this year. The finalists include: 

Collaboration Award

  • American Nutrition Inc.
  • CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley
  • Corbion

Leadership Award

  • Arizona Nutritional Supplements
  • Bellisio Foods
  • Lassonde Pappas & Co. Inc.

TraceGains Power User Award

  • JM Swank
  • Reily Foods Co.
  • SugarCreek Packing Co.

TraceGains Network Award

  • Bay State Milling Co.
  • Cargill
  • JM Swank
  • Rettenmaier USA

Retailer of the Year Award

  • Smart & Final
  • Schnucks Markets Inc.
  • Topco Associates

TGCon Live 2020 is set for Aug. 18-20. The TraceGains community will gather online for industry-specific presentations, technical trainings, roundtables, and networking. There’s still time to register at


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