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75th Anniversary Video
75th Anniversary – Turner Family
Director, Corporate Events
Regional Director, Region 28
Regional Director, Region 24
Store Manager Joe Gillespie and the Store Team of Store #11953 in Baltimore, MD bring the Holiday Spirit to their customers. "Merry Christmas Dollar General! May you have many more happy years as good as the first 75," says Joe Gillespie.
Pictured: Assistant Managers Tamika Stewart and Jaquanna Ellerbe; Sales Associate Ervine Chapman; Store Manager Joe Gillespie (Santa Claus).
HR Representative II-Field Training
Reached my 8 year milestone this year and just graduated my 182nd Store Manager Training class! My greatest delight is advocating for managers and supporting them in what they do EVERYDAY at Dollar General!
Regional Director, Region 44
Distribution Clerk, Bessemer Distribution Center
“I am so glad to be part of a team that welcomes diversity in age, gender and ethnicity.”
Senior Manager, Global Compliance
Senior Director, New Store Development
1st Shift Employees
Scottsville DC employees honor our history with 75th Anniversary shirts.
2nd Shift Employees
Scottsville DC employees honor our history with 75th Anniversary shirts.
District Manager, District 707
“I love helping customers as they shop and putting a smile on their faces. I also love coaching my team to interact with THEIR customers, EVERY CUSTOMER, EVERY TIME.”
Pictured: Randy Hughes, district manager; Melinda Allen, store manager at Store #8586 in Moulton, Alabama; Liz Reed, assistant store manager; Vanessa Waters lead sales associate; Robin Bradford lead sales associate
District Manager, DG Markets, District 955
Shipping Clerk, Fulton DC
I love working for Dollar General, because I enjoy working with my co-workers, supervisors and managers. I've never worked at a job that had so many caring people. When my Mom passed away, everyone pitched in to pay their condolences with a card that was signed. They also had flowers sent to the funeral...I was so touched... When people here at Dollar General experience unfortunate events in their lives, we are here for one another...I feel like we are one big happy family...
District Manager, District 331
I love seeing our mission statement Serving Others carried out daily in our stores. I can't tell you how many times I watch our teams go above and beyond to serve our customers.
Pictured from Left: Tonya Wallace, store manager of Store #3759 in Corsicana, Texas; Debbie Johnson, store manager of Store #13787 in Corsicana, Texas; Jeanetta Titterington, district manager, District 331; SM Debra Daniels, store manager of Store #1975 in Ennis, Texas; June Dechaume, store manager of Store #3257 in Corsicana, Texas; Arthur Pierard, store manager of Store #1782 in Midlothian, Texas
Senior Director, Logistics
“We are a company of opportunity and it doesn't matter where you start, the only question is how far do you want to go?”
Pictured from Left: Daniel Goin, demand chain management manager; Tim Kirby, international logistics manager; Ben Lifsey, demand chain management manager; Mark Taylor, senior director, Logistics; Ross Scaggs, dedicated fleet operations manager; David Allen, global sourcing project manager
WMS Clerk, Zanesville Distribution Center
“I love that we offer unparalleled convenience.”
Supervisor, Alachua Distribution Center
“I love to work in an environment that offers continuous growth and new challenges, as we strive to improve our service level.”
Support Services Analyst, Hong Kong Office
“I enjoy the work at Dollar General because it is exciting and challenging.”
MUOP Driver, Marion Distribution Center
“I love DG because when a tornado hit Marion DC, they were generous enough to pay the employees when most of us couldn't work.”
Repack Supervisor, Bethel Distribution Center
“I see what dedication and hard work does for the DG employee willing to give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s wage. Dollar General is the place where nothing is impossible for anyone that wants to succeed with hard work and dedication.”
Senior Manager, Training & Development
“I love the passion of our store teams! There is nothing like walking into a store anywhere in this country and seeing smiling faces and willing attitudes for Serving Others. It's what makes us the powerhouse that we are.”
Regional Director, Region 99
“Our associates are the greatest! Serving Others is not just a tag line but a way of life at Dollar General. I am proud to be a part of the DG culture.”
Cycle Counter, South Boston Distribution Center
“I love how the employees are recognized for all their hard work. From social events to giving back to our local schools, DG really cares about us as employees.”
District Manager, District 932
“I love the fact that we build stores in rural areas of the country. We give real jobs and a choice of shopping locally in your neighborhood.”
Regional Director, Region 84
“DG holds integrity, honesty and the respect of people as values and strives to do the right thing by people.”
Pictured: Brian Flannery, loss prevention director, Division 1 (far left) and Danny Jones, regional director, Region 84 (far right) present STAR pins to employees of store #14666 in New Bern, North Carolina.
Region 24 wishes Dollar General a Happy Anniversary.
Fulton Distribution Center
“I love that Dollar General offers training programs for new and sesoned employees.” - Mark Brown, warehouse supervisor II
Front row: Annie Brewer, checker; Denise Wallace, outbound manager; Betty Niswonger, cycle counter; Mark Brown, warehouse supervisor II. Back row, from left: Mark Colter, maintenance lead technician; Amber Williams, general warehouse.
Ardmore Distribution Center
“I love Dollar General’s community involvement and our Spirit of Serving Others.” - Beth Gorum, Ardmore DC Supervisor
Front row: Markus Murphy, trainer; Danny Chronister, warehouse supervisor; Sena Bishop, inventory manager; Beth Groum, warehouse supervisor. Back row, from left: Robert Ellis, warehouse supervisor; Doug Pfau, outbound manager; Brian Tinsley, operations manager.
Merchandise Assistant, Hardware and Auto.
“I love that we treasure the history and values behind the company, but still do our best to remain relevant with the times.”
Freight Pay Supervisor, Transportation
“Dollar General means home town to me. I grew up in Glasgow, KY and there was always a DG as long as I can remember.”
Temporary District Manager, District 663
“I love our diversity. While traveling as a stocking sustainment coach, I had the opportunity meet really awesome DG employees from all walks of life.”
District 485, Store #14889 in Lubbock, Texas
District 670, Store # 11587 in Grovetown, Georgia
From left: Richard Fillgrove, district manager, District 670; Trae Herron, sales associate; Timothy Presley, sales associate; Calevin Collins, sales associate; Gretchen Yarmosh, store manager, Store # 11587 in Grovetown, Georgia; John Gillespy, sales associate; Lisa Free, sales associate; Jamie Vaughn sales associate.
District 906, Market Store #12014 in Edmonton, Kentucky
Employees in black market shirts from left: Tommy Davis, district manager, District 906; Sherry Ervin, lead sales associate; Mackenzie Saltsman, sales associate; Ryan Kilgore, sales associate; Billy Thomason, store manager, Market Store #12014 in Edmonton, Kentucky; Stacy Young, lead sales associate; Alley Bragg, non-food manager; Kim Smith, shift supervisor; Heather Harris, lead receiving pricing clerk; Maria Hummel, sales associate; Deborah Walbert, sales associate; John Burris, perishable manager; Dana Caffee, sales associate; Scott logsdon, sales associate; Cindy Firkins, sales associate; Shelia Dickison, sales associate; Melissa Brown, sales associate; Charles Sherman, sales associate; Bobby Meador, food manager.
District 357, Store # 14740 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
From left: Kaiela Bennett, sales associate; Ed Tishel, district manager, District 357; Angel Smith, sales associate; Cynthia McClellan, lead sales associate; Alex Foust, lead sales associate; Tonya Fields, assistant store manager; Candy Herron, store manager, Store # 14740 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Shannon Lacey, sales associate.
District 468, Stores #1076 and #7581 in Cairo, Illinois
Front row, from left: Roneisha Box, sales associate, Store #1076 in Cairo, Illinois; and Sabrina Smith, sales associate, Store #1076. Back row, from left: Mary Fritz, assistant store manager, Store #7581 in Cairo, Illinois; Lisa Moore, assistant store manager, Store #1076; Samantha Sams, lead sales associate, Store #7581; Linda Harris, store manager, Store #7581; Monique Davis, sales associate, Store #7581; Jenay Caldwell, lead sales associate, Store #1076; Eli Maupin, sales associate, Store #7581; Linda Johnson, assistant store manager, Store #7581.
District 792, Store #12696 in Bedico, Louisiana
Front row, from left: Gary Drury, assistant store manager; Montique Lee, sales associate; Breanna Brown, sales associate; Jamie Harowitz, sales associate; Bryan Alexander, store manager, Store #12696 in Bedico, Louisiana; Michele Tamplain, district manager, District #792. Back row, from left: Keyundria Watson, sales associate; Savannah Scariano, sales associate; Grason Blau, sales associate.
District 485, Stores #1628 and #14889 in Lubbock, Texas
From left: Kelly Campbell, regional loss prevention manager; Region 61; Emily George, sales associate; Jesse Thompson, district manager, District 332; Angie Aguilar, store manager, Store #14889 in Lubbock, Texas; Gerald Chock, district manager, District 485; Brandy Stallings, regional director, Region 61; David Tyree, assistant store manager; Angie Gamble, store manager, Store #1628 in Lubbock, Texas; Sonia Velasquez, assistant store manager.
District 3, Store #7921 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Front row, from left: Darlene Pehowic, store manager, Store #7921 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania; Casey Pekarski, sales associate; Lisa Dennis, assistant store manager; Abby Morley, assistant store manager. Back row, from left: Keiya Hill, sales associate; Robert Hoffman, lead sales associate; Katie Furman, lead sales associate.
Store Manager of Store #11599 in Memphis, TN
Jamie asks her team to constantly grow and develop. “I want my team to be better and smarter than I am. I have had two assistant managers promoted to store manager,” said Jamie. “I set the example and tone in my store and my team follows. We focus on the basics every day, keeping our store clean and in-stock while having fun!”
Pictured L to R: Jamie Jones, store manager, and Lisa Tran, assistant store manager
Store Manager of Store #11609 in Memphis, TN
Karen believes that staying focused on the customer and striving to learn keeps her and her team motivated every day. “I try to set the example for my team every day with a positive attitude and working hard,” Karen stated. “I make sure my team understands the work that needs to be done and why it is important.”
Store Manager of Store #13192 in Memphis, TN
Zandra knows how to set the tone for her store and customers. “My team is dedicated to making our customers feel welcome when they enter the store,” Zandra stated. “Most of our customers walk to the store, so we know them by name and understand their shopping needs. We cherish this store and our customers.”
Pictured L to R: Karunda Bell, assistant store manager, Jerry Holt, sales associate and Zandra Buford, store manager
Store Manager of Store #13247 in Memphis, TN
Michael believes that retail is all about discipline, teamwork and partnerships. “Retail discipline is about repeating the same steps over and over to ensure the store is ready for the customer. Teamwork is how we work together to accomplish the work, and partnerships are what we build along the way,” says Michael. “Interacting with my team, leadership, vendors and customers helps me understand their needs and how to address them.”
Store Manager of Store #7492 in Memphis, TN
Verna joined Dollar General as a lead sales associate 3 years ago and is now the store manager of Store #7492. “Staffing is critical. I educate my team on how they impact the store’s performance and customer satisfaction by completing the tasks assigned. It makes the task have meaning and purpose,” Verna stated.
Senior Manager of Inventory Management
17 years with Dollar General
Director Platform Services
The Golf Classic is a yearly charity event, where DG invites our vendor and business partners to participate in a golf tournament and contribute to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
For many years, I served on the Transportation team. I remember a specific year when the Golf Classic was particularly difficult and many of our team members, myself included, volunteered Saturday-Tuesday.
By Tuesday morning, I was exhausted and had lost sight of the purpose of the Literacy Foundation Golf Classic event. A few of us were set up in the hotel lobby behind an AIRPORT SHUTTLE sign. As guests approached with golf bags and luggage, I admit, I felt dread at having to load the van. I had to laugh, however, because many guests were just dropping by to thank us, and all had a similar story to tell:
“Thanks, but we don’t need a ride to the airport. I just wanted to thank you for all you have done. This event was just so wonderful. You really personalized the tournament and made it special. The employee volunteers work so hard and really gave me a sense of the company’s commitment to literacy.”
The Literacy Foundation Golf Classic event is a great example of Dollar General encouraging its employees to serve others -- by helping the company to reach out to its partners to invite them to serve others as well.
Regional Director, Region 28
Cal Turner Jr. once said, "It's not a family business anymore, but our business is a family." What makes Dollar General special for me is that employees are treated with respect and dignity. There is a real ingrained belief in the investment of developing talent and providing opportunities at all levels. You are so much more than a statistic at Dollar General.
Dollar General lives and breathes a culture of Serving Others and this applies not only to the opportunities offered to its employees, but also to the amazing work that the company does with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Employee Assistance Foundation and organizations such as The St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Autism Speaks and the Red Cross.
I am truly honored and humbled to be a part of such a great family!
29 years with Dollar General
New Store Development Project Supervisor
For 34 years DG has been my family.
I remember as a 16 year old, going the day after my birthday to the Scottsville, Kentucky Distribution Center to apply for a job. I walked into Herbie Conner’s office, said hello and he said for me to be at work the next morning at 5:30 a.m. The interview process has changed a lot since then.
At that time I worked after school and on Saturdays when the DC was working overtime. During the summer, I worked in Building 4 (the Rework Department) with the sweetest ladies. Everyday Mr. Turner Sr. would walk thru the building and would just stop and talk to us. He was such a caring person. The people that I worked with and Mr. Cal Turner Sr made my work experience feel like I was part of a big family.
IT Services Senior Manager
30 years with Dollar General
Sherry Ives & Bernadette Korth
Transportation Operations Manager & Director of Demand Management
Sherry Ives - 34 years with Dollar General
Bernadette Korth - 18 years with Dollar General
16 years with Dollar General
Exterior Sign Buyer
I have worked with Dollar General for 37 years. I remember the very first time I ever saw Cal Turner, Sr. It was in the early 1970’s at Joe Sickles’ grocery store in Scottsville, Ky.
I thought, “I have seen my very first millionaire.” And this little country girl who had never had a lot in her life was really impressed.
My husband used to work at the Scottsville County Club golf course as a kid with his Dad, and he had been around Mrs. Turner for years.
He said, “You would never know that she had money because she was just as plain as an old shoe when it came to talking to anyone she came in contact with. She was an exceptional person, as was Mr. Turner, Sr.”
Pictured: Kathy Garmon’s High School graduation picture, taken a few months before she began working with Dollar General.
IT Systems Administrator
18 years with Dollar General
Director of Community Initiatives
14 years with Dollar General
Cash Audit Supervisor
47 years with Dollar General
Ketura Yarber, Store Manager & Cassandra Davis, Assistant Store Manager
“Dollar General is a great place to grow your career. I began working for Dollar General in November 2009 as a cashier. In less than a year, I was promoted several times until I became a Store Manager. I come to work every day with a smile on my face and I get to know my customers. I have worked in three different Dollar General stores and in each store my main focus is the improvement of shrink.”
IT Project Manager
As I reminisce over my 16 years at Dollar General, there is a specific memorable moment from 1998, about 6 months into my Dollar General journey that I would like to share.
Mr. Cal Turner Jr.’s personal assistant was taking vacation and I volunteered to drive him to his various appointments on that day. As part of my briefing, I was instructed on a few pet peeves of Mr. Cal Turner Jr., one being that if the traffic light turns yellow to always keep going through it.
So, I arrived at Mr. Turner’s house timely, picked him up, and we were off to the office on Woodmont Boulevard in Nashville, TN. Please keep in mind; I’m driving the Chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corporation in his brand new Audi. I made a left turn onto the Old Hickory Boulevard ramp in Brentwood to jump onto Interstate 65. All of a sudden, the traffic came to a complete stop. I had to hit the brakes so hard that our heads went toward the dashboard and then suddenly returned back to our head rests.
At this point, I’m wondering what in the world is this man sitting beside me thinking right now. With a very low tone and a big smile, he said to me, “I guess you are glad that this car has some very good brakes, huh?” I responded, “You are right about that.”
We made it safely into the office on that day. We subsequently left the office to make several of his appointments. That afternoon while on our way back to Brentwood, on Old Hickory Boulevard again, the traffic light turned yellow. Instead of going through the light, I stopped. With a very low tone and a big smile, he said to me, “You have been doing well all day with these traffic lights but you just had to stop for this one, huh?”
Well, I didn’t have a response for him that time, and that is a moment that I will never forget. I often wonder if he remembers it.
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
23 years with Dollar General
HR Risk Management
My most memorable moment in my 15 years at Dollar General occurred at a Community Giving Campaign Celebration. Everyone from the Store Support Center gathered in the lobby at Integrity Place. Jackson Routh started off the celebration by picking two names out of a hat. Well, he called my name to come up front!
I was wearing a skirt that day and Jackson instructed me to change into a pair of pants he provided. I was thinking , “what on earth have I been volunteered for.”
It turned out that I got to go into a money machine for 30 seconds with air blowing everywhere. I had to grab as much money as I could in the allotted time. It turns out I grabbed $250! Needless to say I was ecstatic.
The celebration was over and Rick Dreiling came over to offer his congratulations. I was still so excited I gave him a big bear hug.
Reflecting back on this moment, I realize it’s not every day that your employer asks you to take off your skirt, pays you $250 and you get a hug from your CEO!
Store #11817 in Madison, Tenn.
“I have been with Dollar General for five years. I really love the atmosphere and my team members are the greatest.”