The award recognized Brown's career-long service to the food industry and advocacy efforts on behalf of food retailers as PFMA Chairman and President and CEO of Brown's Super Stores, Inc.
"Jeff's tireless advocacy has helped bring about legislative and policy change in Philadelphia and statewide," PFMA President & CEO Alex Baloga said. "Among other efforts, he has led the charge against the city's onerous sugar-sweetened beverage tax, enacted in 2017, that has crippled businesses in the city of Philadelphia and led to the closure of one of this own stores in West Philadelphia."
In his current role, Jeff oversees operations at 10 ShopRite stores and two The Fresh Grocer stores.
In addition to his legislative work, Jeff volunteers with the Philadelphia Youth Network, the State of Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, the Governor’s Advisory Board of Workforce and Education Innovation, and he serves as an officer on the Wakefern Corporation’s Board of Directors.
Jeff also helped found and serves on the Board of Directors for Uplift Sustainable Food Solutions, which is dedicated to developing innovative operational strategies and smart public incentive policies to make supermarkets the core of a complete sustainable food system in underserved communities.
PFMA's Annual Conference was held May 28-29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.