PAK’nSAVE Albany owner Paul Blackwell honoured with the 2017 Blake Leader Award

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspirational leader Paul Blackwell and owner of PAK’nSAVE Albany has received the 2017 Blake Leader Award in recognition of outstanding contribution.

If you were to ask anyone who knows Paul Blackwell they will tell you not only can he be counted on for sound business advice, he’s the kind of boss who takes his greatest pleasure in his team’s success – over and above that of his own. He’s the first to brush off any praise for his achievements, so you can be assured being in the spotlight for winning a Blake Leader Award makes him feel pretty uncomfortable.

Regardless, Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris Quin, who nominated Paul, can’t think of a more deserving recipient for someone who has determination, a will to succeed and a belief in achieving extraordinary things in business, sport and community.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”, and this is exactly how Paul Blackwell inspires the people around him. My colleagues constantly tell me that Paul never seeks acknowledgment – his personal reward is about making a real and meaningful difference. Paul and his wife Liz have a stellar list of accomplishments which includes owning one of the most successful PAK’nSAVE stores in the country, coaching hundreds of employees to grow, publishing inspirational works, supporting his church and the community and steering the New Zealand Breakers to a series of heart-stopping wins in the Australian National Basketball League.”

Described as an inspirational husband, father and brother, colleague, boss, Chairman and Director, the list of Paul’s projects makes for impressive reading:

  • 18 years running one of the highest performing North Island PAK’nSAVE stores, claiming Store of the Year in 2016
  • Manager at Farmers, owner of PaperPlus stores, New World store owner, PAK’nSAVE store owner, Foodstuffs North Island director and PQ Blackwell Publishing director
  • Church and community leader
  • Significant supporter of Starship and Heart Kids
  • Owner, Director and Chair of the New Zealand Breakers (with four ANBL Championship wins)

But, it’s the relationship that Paul Blackwell has with the wider community through the Breakers which really highlights his inspirational leadership. Under Paul’s leadership the team has visited hundreds of schools talking with tens of thousands of children, donating tens of thousands of basketballs, skills manuals, coaching guides and DVDs as part of their community programmes. While the team focuses on delivering on the court the Breakers have three people working fulltime in the community – encouraging kids to play in an exciting, globally-recognised sport. That’s all down to Paul and Liz’s personal philosophy of giving back.

Peter Anderson, Chairman of Foodstuffs North Island, has this to add about Paul. “He inspires confidence and passion in those around him. He is very focused on achieving his goals but never at the expense of compromising his very strong values. Paul has integrity and is regarded by all as a natural, unassuming and humble leader, more interested in others’ success than his own. We are delighted that Paul and Liz’s work has been acknowledged by the Sir Peter Blake Trust. It is a thoroughly well-deserved honour.”

Chris Quin adds, “When I asked for Paul’s peers to give us a hand to complete his nomination there was no shortage of contributions. People were knocking down my door to offer their support. Paul Blackwell is universally admired by everyone who knows him. They could not think of anyone more deserving of a Blake Leader Award.”

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Source: Foodstuffs NZ

CarMax celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Albany

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2017-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today (February 23, 2017) celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Albany, located at 1860 Central Avenue. The Albany CarMax has the capacity to stock approximately 200 used vehicles of nearly every make and model and can transfer almost any vehicle to Albany from other CarMax locations nationwide.

In celebration of the Albany store opening, CarMax donated $2,500 to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The donation will provide more than 10,000 meals to those in need in northeastern New York. CarMax associates recently volunteered with the nonprofit and nominated it to receive the donation after seeing its great work within the community.

The CarMax Foundation is also providing a $5,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Albany. Funding from the grant will be used to support the nonprofit’s Project Learn program and will benefit more than 300 local youth. Support for the nonprofit also came at the recommendation of the Albany associates.

“CarMax associates know the importance of being a good neighbor and make it a priority to give back to the communities where we live and work,” said Mark Adkins, location general manager at CarMax Albany. “CarMax is growing nationwide and the company is excited to bring the simple and stress-free used car buying experience to Albany.”

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at, with prices clearly listed for each of our nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. In addition, we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN & RI, 90-Day in MA, NY and NJ). The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $35 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 170 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 23,000 associates nationwide and for 12 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at

Media Contacts:
Lindsey Duke
CarMax Public Relations
Twitter: @CarMax

Source: CarMax