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FD native honored as Hy-Vee’s 2020 Store Director of the Year

WEST DES MOINES– Fort Dodge native Dan Fuller was named to the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame last month.

Fuller, store director at Hy-Vee’s Papillion, Nebraska, location, was inducted as the 2020 Store Director of the Year, Western Region, at the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting in December.

Hy-Vee Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Gosch credited Fuller’s positive attitude and retail skills as key reasons for being named to the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame.

“Dan had a fantastic year,” Gosch said. “He has taken a store that has been a very good store to new heights. Dan has led his store to be one of the highest profit stores in the company. Dan does this with a great attitude, and he always has a smile and an inspiring word for his team. He has really taken his store to an all-new level of sales and profits this year and, overall, has done a great job.”

Fuller’s Hy-Vee career began in 1986 in Fort Dodge as a part-time checker/stocker and full-time aisle coordinator.

His first move took him to Des Moines in 1991 as a shift manager. The Valley West Hy-Vee in West Des Moines was his next stop with Fuller taking on the duties of assistant drugstore manager.

In 1995, he transferred to the Hy-Vee West in Mason City as second assistant manager. A year later, he was promoted to assistant manager. Transferring back to his hometown of Fort Dodge in 1997, he spent time working his way through the positions of general merchandise department manager, drugstore manager, and assistant store director preparing to lead his own store someday.

In 2004 Fuller received his first store director assignment at Clarinda. After leading the Clarinda team for two years, Fuller was chosen for the leadership role at Oskaloosa and in 2010 was selected to lead the team at the Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids. In 2015, he moved into his current position as the store director at Papillion.

Fuller is a graduate of St. Edmond High School. He attended Iowa Central Community College. He is also a Dale Carnegie graduate. Fuller is very active in his community and received the honor of first being inducted into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame in 2009 when he was awarded the “Community Involvement Award” as a store director.

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