Mary Beth DePersio

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depersio_mary_bethMary Beth DePersio

World Finer Foods, Inc.
Vice President of Marketing, Liberty Richter Division

Years with company:
16 years

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your careers:
I am proud to work for a company grounded in honesty, openness, and ethics.  For the last 16 years, I have had several mentors but Frank Muchel has had the deepest influence on my approach to management and work efforts.  As president of World Finer Foods, his morality and extreme dedication is present in every decision we make as a company.  Though very sales-minded, he continually puts people first and takes his employees’ wellbeing into consideration at all costs.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining  moment of your career to date?
My biggest accomplishment in my career would have to be experiencing seven years of successful growth in the Liberty Richter division of the company.   I am surrounded by an amazing team of people and a phenomenal leader.  Together, we are a powerhouse who push forward with determination and pride in what we do.   I am consistently amazed by our achievements. In addition to driving our marketing efforts ahead, my long history in the company has enabled me to be an active part of the operations and policies within our organization.

Most challenging part of your job:
There will always be challenges.  We are a customer-driven business.  We serve our client partners and our customers and need to find solutions that are viable for everyone.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
If there is any advice I can offer to upcoming young executives, it would be to live by the words of Abraham Lincoln – “Don’t worry when you are not recognized but strive to be worthy of recognition.”  Staying customer-focused and being flexible, versus worrying about your own gains, will allow both to evolve naturally.