Adrian Bennett has been named vice president of the Jacksonville (Fla.) Division of Publics Supermarkets, succeeding Scott Probacker in retiring.
Probaker plans to retire at the end of June, Lakeland, Fla-based Publics said Monday. Bennett currently serves as regional director of the Jacksonville division.
Probacker, 62, started Publics in 1975 as a part-time pre-service clerk in Flow, Melbourne. After working in various positions at several stores in Florida, he was promoted to store manager in 1987 and district manager in 1994. He was promoted to regional director in 1997 and to his current position in 2005.
“Scott has made significant contributions to the public sector, especially in developing and serving a diverse market segment,” said Kevin Murphy, President of Publics, in a statement. “He has been instrumental in advancing new market growth in Alabama and parts of North Florida. In his 46 years, he has coached and guided many partners and provided unwavering guidance to his team and community in times of need. We thank Scott’s leadership and wish him a happy retirement.”
Publix said 51-year-old Adrian is moving to Jacksonville with his promotion. Bennett began his public career as a part-time grocery writer in Savannah in 1991. He became store manager in 2000 and then district manager in 2006. In 2016 he was promoted to regional director of the Jacksonville division. Bennett received the 2013 Presidential Award for embodying the company’s founding principles.
“Adrian is a strong, well-rounded leader who has dedicated his life to operational excellence and continuous quality improvement. He has made a positive impact by guiding his team and those around him so that they can achieve personal excellence,” Murphy commented. He is passionate about service and I’m proud of what he has achieved so far and I look forward to his continued contributions to the public. ”
Overall, Publics operates 1,269 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.