Rite Aid names new SVP of store operations in its Western division
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday promoted Rob Mullins, Rite Aid's current divisional pharmacy vice president of the company's Western division, to the role of senior vice president of store operations of the Western division. He succeeds Bill Romine, who is retiring from Rite Aid after more than 20 years of service.
"Rob is a passionate advocate of community pharmacy and a talented operator, with more than 17 years of experience across our organization," stated Bryan Everett, COO Rite Aid stores. "We look forward to benefitting from Rob's knowledge in his new role as we work to grow our business and deliver an outstanding experience for both our customers and associates."
Mullins will report to Derek Griffith, Rite Aid executive vice president of store operations.
Mullins joined Rite Aid in 2000 and has held various pharmacy positions within the company including pharmacy district manager and regional pharmacy vice president before being named to his current role in 2015. Mullins holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and earned his MBA at Ohio University.
Romine, who has over 40 years of retail pharmacy experience, joined Rite Aid in 1996 with the company's acquisition of the West Coast Thrifty-PayLess drug store chain. Romine has served Rite Aid in operations positions of increasing responsibility, including as district manager, regional vice president and also as vice president of merchandising operations for all of Rite Aid. He was named group vice president of metro New York in 2010 and was promoted to his current role in 2011.
"Bill has made many significant contributions to our Company throughout his career at Rite Aid, working tirelessly to establish Rite Aid as a leader in retail pharmacy," Everett said. "Equally as important, his efforts to develop members of his team in preparation to successfully take on leadership roles within our organization. We would like to thank Bill for all he has done for Rite Aid and we wish him the very best in retirement."
CVS Health expands apprenticeship program footprint, hiring goals
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is expanding the states participating in its apprenticeship program and set a new apprentice hiring goal. The company said it anticipates hiring 5,000 new apprentices by 2022 as it welcomes Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to its program, bringing its total number of statewide programs to 18.
CVS Health said that its registered apprenticeship programs offer participants structured training in such fields as pharmacy care and prescription benefit management while equipping them with a credential to help jump-start their careers.
"Apprenticeships help job creators fill open positions with skilled job seekers," said Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “CVS Health's goal to hire thousands more apprentices reflects the strength of the apprenticeship model. The Administration is pleased to see the creation of more opportunities for Americans to learn the skills they need to find family-sustaining jobs.”
Since it first began a registered apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians in 2005, CVS Health said it has seen more than 4,700 people join in the retail pharmacy, prescription benefit management and retail store management tracks. As part of its apprenticeship efforts, CVS health works with community organizations to ensure a consistent pipeline of apprentices.
"The widening skills gap in the U.S. is a significant business concern, and companies large and small are seeing this workplace strategy that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction as a viable solution to build a pipeline of future skilled talent," CVS Health executive vice president and chief human resources officer Lisa Bisaccia said. “Meaningful work and a defined career track can provide a source of dignity, pride and identity, which participants are able to gain through our Registered Apprenticeship programs.”
The Dept. of Labor has designated Nov. 13 to 19 National Apprenticeship Week.
Rite Aid Foundation honors first recipients of inaugural KidChamp award
CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program on Tuesday announced that Bervin Harris of the Renaissance Youth Center in New York and Kirk Hallett of the Joshua Group in Harrisburg, Pa.,have been selected as the first recipients of its first-ever KidChamp award.
“The Rite Aid Foundation created the KidChamp award to recognize individuals from KidCents charities who selflessly give their time and talent to improve lives of the children and teens they serve,” stated Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “With Bervin and Kirk, helping kids is more than a career, it’s their true calling. They go above and beyond to help the youth they serve reach their full potential, often changing lives in the process and inspiring others to join them in their efforts to create strong and vibrant communities.”
As part of their KidChamp recognition, both Harris and Hallett received a $10,000 donation to their respective organizations to continue their work to improve the lives of the children in their communities, giving them a chance at better lives and brighter futures.
Designed to honor thought leaders in childhood development, each year, the KidChamp award will recognize individuals in communities served by Rite Aid that have made a meaningful difference in the lives of youth by advocating for their health and well-being, championing education and academic growth and creating a safe environment for children and teens to live and grow.
Harris, who has more than 30 years of social development experience in the areas of youth services and community development, founded the Renaissance Youth Center to empower at-risk, inner-city youth in the Bronx, New York, to fully maximize their potential as productive and responsible members of society.
Above is a video that Rite Aid’s Creative Media Services Team put together to honor the Renaissance Youth Center.
RYC brings performance-based music programs, including vocal classes, musical instruments and dancing to more than 3,000 students in 26 public schools and community-based organizations. In addition, the RYC provides youth STEAM education, tutoring and an all-ages sports program. Harris has created many partnerships for RYC, including the NYPD, Carnegie Hall, Department of Probation, NYC Parks Department, Berklee College of Music and many more.
Hallett, who founded the Joshua Group nearly 20 years ago to help at-risk youth in the Allision Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg succeed through education and mentoring, believes that education is the anti-poverty program that truly works. The Joshua Group provides educational support and mentoring resources free of charge to students in the community as a way to overcome the challenges of the pervasive and endless cycle of poverty. Since its inception, the Joshua Group has positively impacted the lives of nearly 1,000 youth and boasts a high school graduation rate of more than 97%. The Joshua Group offers an array of programs including after-school and pre-school programs, summer learning programs and a resource center for GED/Adult Learning.
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $32 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $81 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.