Years with company: 40 years
Current position and immediate supervisor:
Deli/Bakery Buyer reporting to Rob Cohen, V.P Dairy, Frozen, Deli and Bakery
Professional and volunteer affiliates:
- Volunteer Chairperson, Southington-Cheshire YMCA Safety and Risk Management Committee
- Board Member, Southington-Cheshire YMCA
- Volunteer, Standup Parenting Program-Mentor/Retired National Program Representative
- Volunteer, Hometown Foundation
- Volunteer, Bozzuto’s Employee Events.
- In the past I have also been involved with Senior Olympics, Special Olympics, 4-H and Junior Achievement.
Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
My father and mother, Robert and Julia Sharp, my husband, Richard, and Adam J. Bozzuto all reinforced the importance of good work ethics and integrity in my life. These people always encouraged me to do my best every day, and to challenge others when I feel a change was needed to benefit our family, community or company. I was taught to plan for changes – don’t be afraid of them, be part of them. These people helped me have the confidence in myself that I would not have found by myself.
What are you most proud of in your career achievements or a defining moment of your career to date?
I am proud to have been given the opportunity to grow with Bozzuto’s Inc. for 40 years. The small company I started with has now grown to be one of the most respected, successful wholesale food distributors in the industry. I am proud to say that I have had a part in creating the company it is today. Starting in accounting, learning transportation, warehousing, merchandising, deli, being in on the ground level of creating the bakery department, as well as working with others to create “bigger and better” trade shows, I have never had a dull unchallenging day here. In December of 2006, I was awarded the Adam J. Bozzuto Award. It reads: In Honor of your Tireless effort, dedication and commitment to excellence. I am honored.
Most challenging part of your job:
The most challenging part of my job is working with working with our retailers, the vendor community and my peers to create effective perishable programs in the constantly changing and fluctuating markets.
Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:
My advice for upcoming younger executives would be to make sure you to listen to those positive people who encourage and inspire you. Take the best of what they offer and use that information as the basis of developing your own skills. Never be afraid to ask questions or to challenge others with new ideas. Be sure to set realistic goals for yourself and raise the bar a little higher each time. Have confidence in yourself and smile!
My husband Richard and I enjoy taking ballroom dance lessons and are now in training for our third competition. I believe strongly in leading a healthy life-style and work out almost daily at our local YMCA, often enjoying Zumba. Volunteering in our community is also a big part of our lives. Both Richard and I are often involved in projects for the YMCA, our church and the Standup Parenting Program.
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