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Kings CEO Spires salutes N.J., its 'incredibly talented' women while accepting Lifetime Achievement Award at NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business event

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Judy Spires, chairman and CEO of Kings Food Markets, delivers inspiring remarks as she is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Best 50 Women in Business reception.
Judy Spires, chairman and CEO of Kings Food Markets, delivers inspiring remarks as she is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Best 50 Women in Business reception. - (Photo / )
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Judy Spires, chairman and CEO of Kings Food Markets, delivers inspiring remarks as she is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Best 50 Women in Business reception. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Meet the 2017 Class of NJBIZ's Best 50 Women in Business. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Representatives from Wells Fargo enjoying the night. Wells Fargo was the presenting sponsor of the Best 50 Women in Business event. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Pictured are Maria Sheridan of Morristown Airport/DM Airports, Ltd. (left) and Dorothy Beck of World Fuel Services. Sheridan was a Best 50 Women in Business honoree! - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Pictured are Krystal Canady of The Gateway Family YMCA (left), an event attendee and Ramelle Haugen of RWJBH Somerset. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Pictured is Linda Wellbrock of Leading Women Entrepreneurs at the cocktail reception of the Best 50 Women in Business event. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) An aerial view of the cocktail reception of the Best 50 Women in Business event held on Monday at The Palace in Somerset. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) A group shot of event attendees at the Best 50 Women in Business event. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Leslie A. Anderson of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (front), with attendees of the Best 50 Women in Business event. Anderson was a honoree. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) A casual greeting at the event. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Pictured are Virginia Alling of PNC Financial Services Group Inc., an event attendee, Cynthia Colucci of TD Bank and Stacey Rothenberg of PNC Financial Services Group Inc. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) A congratulatory bouquet at the Best 50 Women in Business event. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Celebratory cheers were in order at the Best 50 Women in Business event honoring New Jersey's most dynamic business women who are making headlines in their field. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Kimberlee S. Phelan, partner and international service practice leader at WithumSmith+Brown P.C., wears the pink hat from the Women's March during Withum's sponsor remarks at the Best 50 Women in Business event. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) Abbey Ayoub of Optical Academy receives an award honoring her as an NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON) A silly shot of the Best 50 Women in Business Class of 2017. - (Photo / AARON HOUSTON)

 

Judith Spires, the chairman and CEO of Kings Food Markets, was gracious and complimentary when she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business ceremony Monday night.

She accepted the award with equal praise for both the other honorees in the room and the state of New Jersey.

“Words cannot express my gratitude,” she said. “I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything after listening to what these 50 women who you have honored this evening. I am so humble. I am not worthy.

“I am honored to be a lifelong resident and honored to lead a fabulous New Jersey company. And I have to tell you, I love New Jersey.”

The Cherry Hill native has a unique story of working her way to the top from essentially the first job she ever had.

“I was born and raised in this state and I continue to benefit from everything it has to offer,” she said. “My first job I was a lifeguard at a camp in Blackwood, New Jersey. And then I was a cashier and worked my way up the ladder.

“I’m so fortunate that I have been able to turn my first real part time paying job into my lifelong career. My dream job, right here in my home state.”

Spires has led Kings in her current role since 2010.

“I’m so proud to be the chairman and CEO of Kings Food markets,” she said. “I’m so grateful. Over 2,500 citizens we employ and have the opportunity to grow and have great lives in this state.”

A state she saluted with two good stories.

“In 1926, a noted Camden attorney by the name of Abraham Browning first coined the term Garden State and he likened it to a barrel filled to the brim of great things to eat,” she said. “Tonight, I say this Garden State is a barrel overflowing with incredibly talented women.”

And Spires closed with these words of encouragement.

“I’d just like to say that for the rest of us, our lifetime achievement is not over,” she said. “In the words of one of New Jersey’s favorite sons, Jon Bon Jovi, he said Map out your future, but do it in pencil, the road ahead is as long as you make it, so make it worth the trip.

“I say, make it worth the trip and support lots of fabulous and talented women along the way.”

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