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Distinguished Partner Award

The Distinguished Partner Award recognizes non-alumni individuals and/or organizations who have made a significant impact on Rawls College and have a history of: hiring Rawls College alumni, mentoring Rawls College students, contributing monetarily and/or furthering the success of Rawls College.

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Congratulations to the 2021 honoree, and thank you for the dedication you have shown to Rawls College and Texas Tech University. View photos from the 2021 Distinguished Alumni & Awards event.

The United Family

Now in its 105th year of operation, United Supermarkets, dba The United Family, has been a staple brand in West Texas and beyond. United Supermarkets is just one of five retail banners for the Texas-based grocery chain that has 97 stores in 54 different communities across Texas and New Mexico.

Other banners include Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market, and United Express. The United Family also operates R.C. Taylor Distributing, USM Manufacturing, United Food and Beverage Services and Llano Logistics.

With nearly 21,000 team members across both states, The United Family brings hundreds of jobs to the communities it serves. For example, The United Family employs one in every 70 people living in Lubbock, Texas.

The United Family's commitment doesn't stop at jobs. Team members provide thousands of hours of volunteer service and the company donates more than $2 million annually to non-profit organizations in the trade area. Over the last 40 years, the company has invested more than $22 million in Texas Tech, and last year 50 TTU and TTUHSC students received scholarships endowed by United. The United Family is committed to sharing their people as well as their dollars. Members of the leadership team have stepped up to mentor students in the Rawls College of Business and the company endowed the professor of marketing position.

The United Family likes to say, "We are in the people business, we just happen to sell groceries."

A wholly-owned subsidiary of publicly traded Albertsons Companies, Inc., The United Family reported $2.5 B in retail sales in FY2020.

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