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Ceres store manager honored
• Save Mart Ceres store manager Donna Lambert earns honors
Donna Lambert
Ceres Save Mart Store Manager Donna Lambert (second from right), with Save Mart Company President and CAO Chris McGarry, Senior Vice President of Retail Operations Hal Levitt and CEO Nicole Piccinini Pesco.

Save Mart Ceres store manager Donna Lambert was honored with the 2019 Nicholas J. Tocco Outstanding Store Manager of the Year Award at the company’s annual Management Appreciation Gala.

Lambert manages the Ceres Save Mart store located on Whitmore Avenue.

“I am beyond thrilled and honored to be chosen as the 2019 Outstanding Store Manager of the Year,” expressed Donna Lambert, Ceres Save Mart Store Manager. “A store manager is only as strong as their employees. I owe this award to my amazing team members, who I also consider to be my family.”

The Outstanding Manager of the Year award was created in honor of the late Nicholas J. Tocco, co-founder of The Save Mart Companies and celebrates customer service, community involvement and store performance.

Lambert started her career with the company in 1980 as a part-time courtesy clerk at Lucky while attending college in the Bay Area. In the following 40 years, Donna climbed the ranks within the company. She takes pride in her store team and how they are able to work together in a professional, yet caring way to accomplish their goals. Donna is always ready with a smile and kind words, celebrating the best in people and takes great pride in making her store a great place to work.

In addition to leading the store team, Donna is involved with the Ceres community. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Ceres Chamber of Commerce where she has helped coordinate the Installation/Awards Dinner, participated in the Ceres Street Faire, assisted in organizing the annual Agribusiness Luncheon and Wine Stroll, and has helped clean up the on/off ramps in Ceres along Hwy 99.

“I enjoy the hard work but most of all the people I have met. It is very rewarding knowing that I am helping Ceres build a thriving community.”

Stephen Woods from the Bakersfield Save Mart store and Tony Angoletta from the Oakdale Save Mart store were named first and second runners-up respectively.