June 18, 2024 – Pittsburgh, PA – AIM North America (AIM NA), representing AIM Global in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as the trusted industry association for the automatic identification and data capture industry, providing unbiased information, educational resources and standards, announced the recipients of the ‘Professional of the Year’ and ‘Organization of the Year’ awards.

These awards recognize significant contributions in the AIDC industry. Jeanne Duckett, AIM NA board chair, presented the awards earlier this month at the GS1 Connect event in Orlando, FL. AIM NA congratulates all nominees for their contributions and extends special recognition to the winners in each category.

“We are thrilled to honor Golden State Foods and Julie McGill from Trustwell for their outstanding contributions to the AIDC industry,” said Duckett. “Their innovative efforts and commitment to excellence have significantly advanced our industry, setting a high standard for others to follow.

Organization of the Year Award

Established in 2013, this award is presented to an organization in recognition of outstanding contributions and service that have furthered the growth of the industry. As a respected and responsible leader in the automatic identification and data capture industry, this company’s achievements in serving the industry deserve special recognition. This year’s winner is Golden State Foods.


Golden State Foods

Golden State Foods, a prominent supplier to Quick Service Restaurants and retailers, received the prestigious Organization of the Year award. CEO Brian Dick graciously accepted this honor. The company distinguishes itself by spearheading technological innovations in the food industry, notably as a pioneering site in AIDC technologies. Through active participation in knowledge sharing, they elevate industry standards by offering insights, best practices, and success stories. Their commitment extends beyond business success to encompass community engagement, environmental stewardship, and philanthropy, exemplifying a comprehensive approach to corporate responsibility. In doing so, they bolster their brand while also setting a commendable benchmark for the AIDC sector.

Professional of the Year Award

Since 2011, this award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of innovative and exceptional contributions to the development of the Automatic Identification and Mobility industry through their work as a contributor, collaborator, or mentor. This year, the awardee is Julie McGill.

Julie McGill

With an impressive career spanning pivotal roles at FoodLogiQ / Trustwell and GS1 US, Julie has demonstrated unwavering dedication, exceptional leadership, and a profound impact on industry standards. At FoodLogiQ / Trustwell, Julie spearheaded the development of cutting-edge traceability solutions, positioning the company as a leader in transparency and efficiency within the food supply chain. Her strategic vision and thought leadership have significantly influenced the industry, fostering innovation and best practices. Prior to her tenure at FoodLogiQ / Trustwell, Julie made substantial contributions at GS1 US, playing a key role in standards development and educational initiatives in the foodservice sector. Julie’s leadership style, characterized by vision, strategic acumen, and collaboration, has been instrumental in driving success at both organizations.

“We applaud the award winners on their vision and passion that continue to drive technology innovations and AIDC awareness and implementation,” said Mary Lou Bosco, CEO of AIM North America.

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About AIM North America

AIM North America is the premier alliance for automated data capture technologies industry. For more than 20 years, AIM NA has championed the growth and acceptance of these technologies and applications through education, standards, community, and advocacy. For more information, visit www.aim-na.org.