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Paul Bunyan Mall's J.C. Penney received company's highest distinction

BEMIDJI—J.C. Penney Company, Inc. recently honored its top performing stores with the Founder's Award at a special ceremony held on March 28 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Bemidji J.C. Penney General Manager Michael Beard was one of over 85 store leaders recognized by Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer, and Joe McFarland, executive vice president of stores, for significantly contributing to the company's success during 2016.

The Founder's Award is presented to General and District Managers for leading teams that excel in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise.