June 01, 2015
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At left, Winn-Dixie No. 422 Director Ronald Cosby celebrated 40 years with Winn-Dixie (center). District Director Richard McGough (left) and Montgomery Regional Vice President Drew Elkins (right) recognized Cosby for his achievement. At right, Barbara Williams, service lead at Winn-Dixie No. 426 celebrated 30 years of service.​

Associates in Dothan, Alabama celebrated their anniversaries with the company: Winn-Dixie No. 422 Director Ronald Cosby boasts a 40-year tenure and store No. 426 Service Lead Barbara Williams has been with Winn-Dixie for 30 years.

Ronald Cosby began his Winn-Dixie career at 19 years old as a full-time stock clerk.

“When I started at Winn-Dixie, I didn’t have intentions of making it a career, but it gets in your blood and it’s something I’ve really enjoyed,” said Cosby. “Interacting with our customers and learning about their lives is my favorite thing about this job.”

He’s held store director positions at four stores, including three in Dothan.

“Ronald has served Winn-Dixie well throughout the years,” said Richard McGough, district director. “He cares a great deal about his customers, team and store."

Cosby said one of his best memories with Winn-Dixie was when his store, No. 422, was recognized with the Best Store in the Region award in 2008.

“It’s great to work for a company that recognizes its associates’ achievements,” said Cosby. “The opportunities I’ve had and the people I’ve met through Winn-Dixie have been wonderful.”

Like Cosby, Barbara Williams also started working at Winn-Dixie as a teenager. At 17, she was hired as a cashier. Over the past three decades, Williams has worked at three Dothan locations.

“Winn-Dixie was a great fit for me because I love people and I love to cook,” said Williams. “It just made sense.”

A two-time breast cancer survivor, Williams is thankful for the family she’s found through Winn-Dixie and grateful for the support they’ve showed her during both of her fights.

“When I woke up from surgery, all of my managers and coworkers were there,” said Williams. “That was when I realized these people really care about me.”

Williams says her favorite part about her job is the people. Enthusiastic and never without a smile, Williams cares a great deal about her customers and their experience while in the store.

“Barbara is one of the best employees we have because of her willingness to go above and beyond,” said Mike Spann, Winn-Dixie No. 426 director. “She can call 90 percent of our customers by their names and makes sure they’re taken care of and treated well.”

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