PLANO, Texas -- The manager of Hays J.C. Penney Co., Inc., recently was honored by the national franchise with its founder's award at a special ceremony.

General Manager Staci Kessinger was one of more than 90 store leaders recognized for outstanding performance in 2017. The Hays store is located in Big Creek Crossing, 2918 Vine.

The awards ceremony was April 5 in Grapeveine, Texas.

There are more than 870 J.C. Penney stores across the country.

“I’m proud of our dedicated associates at JCPenney in The Mall who received this special recognition,” said Tony Hurst, senior vice president of stores. “The Founder’s Award is the Company’s highest honor, recognizing top-performing leaders that significantly contribute to the success of JCPenney and provide customers with an unmatched shopping experience. We look forward to another exceptional year serving the customers in Hays.”

The Company’s Founder’s Award is presented to general and district managers for leading teams that deliver strong results in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise.