GNP teams up with Diversified Racing Solutions for 2008 NASCAR series
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. America’s hometown pharmacy is making a play for fans of America’s most popular family sport, AmerisourceBergen announced Monday.
Good Neighbor Pharmacy has joined with Diversified Racing Solutions to enter the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2008 with the goal of competing in the newly renamed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2010. In the five-year agreement, GNP will lend its community pharmacy brand as the flagship sponsor; the venture will be primarily funded by associate sponsor relationships; and DRS will be responsible for the racing team.
In addition, GNP will fund country-wide community outreach activities that compliment the racing schedule.
“The branding of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy car demonstrates AmerisourceBergen’s commitment to independent pharmacy and NASCAR,” stated Dave Neu, senior vice president of retail sales and marketing for AmerisourceBergen, GNP’s parent company. “We are excited about the potential visibility that NASCAR will bring to the over 2,700 Good Neighbor Pharmacies across the country.”
Randy Fenley, president and owner of DRS, said, “The team at Diversified Racing Solutions is confident that our flagship sponsor, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, shares our commitment and passion for the NASCAR competition. We are thrilled at the opportunity to work with such a highly regarded brand and to share Chris Bristol driving for the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Chevrolet for many seasons to come.”
Pentel launches Recycology
TORRANCE, Calif. Pentel of America has upped its commitment to eco-friendly products with the launch of its Recycology Program. Products under the new banner are made from material with at least 50% recycled content and will include pens, markers, pencils and tape.
“Pentel is committed to creating a healthier environment for future generations while creating products of superior design and quality,” said Peter Katz, director of marketing for Pentel. “In addition to using recycled materials, many of the products in the Recycology line are refillable to further lessen environmental waste.”
New products in the line include refillable EnerGel Deluxe Liquid Gel Pens, Tape ‘N Glue Double-Sided Tape and retractable and refillable Handy-Line S markers.
Meixelsperger appointed Shopko senior vp and CFO
GREEN BAY, Wis. Shopko has announced that Mary Meixelsperger has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer. In her new position, Meixelsperger will be responsible for all accounting, treasury, tax, planning and audit activities for the company.
Meixelsperger has more than 20 years of experience as a financial executive. She joined Shopko as vice president, treasurer in August 2005 and was promoted to vice president, controller in April 2006.
Before joining Shopko, Meixelsperger served as chief financial officer for the Credit Union National Association and Affiliates and as chief financial officer for rotary International.
“We are pleased to have Mary accept the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer,” said Michael MacDonald, Shopko chairman and chief executive officer. “Her expertise in corporate accounting, planning and financial systems make Mary an asset to the Shopko team. She is certainly well qualified for her expanded role as a senior executive and member of the Operating Committee.”
Her appointment was effective Dec. 10.