C&S Wholesale Grocers
Years with company: Started working at C&S in 1983, giving me 27 years experience in the business.
Current position and your immediate supervisor:
Sr. Director Grocery Procurement, responsible for service level and inventory management for nine of our facilities, servicing multiple customers, including S&S, Giant of Landover, Giant of Carlisle, A&P, and Safeway/Genuardi’s.
Supervisor is Jay Sharrock, vice president of non perishable procurement.
Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates:
No college education, only High School diploma. No professional/volunteer affiliates.
Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
My mentors at C&S have been several over the course of my career in the Procurement Department.
Ron Wright, Sr. stated in a team meeting at the early part of my career that ” you are all replaceable, and don’t forget it!” This message has stayed with me through the years. It instilled in me the determination and diligence each and every day to go 150 percent above and beyond and never get comfortable in my seat, but stay on the edge of the chair, crossing all my T’s and dotting all my I’s. Bob Palmer and Tracy Moore also mentored me in my early years to be assertive but professional; never accepting no for an answer and asking all the right questions, however big or small the task at hand. They both taught me to look into root causes, helping me understand what changes needed to be made in order to not make the same mistakes twice.
My current boss, Jay Sharrock, continues to mentor me. He keeps me focused on looking ahead and reaching for change, thinking in a strategic, proactive manner. He has coached me to use my skill sets and experience in the department to grow our staff to the highest levels they are willing to reach, building our “bench strength” day-in and day-out.
What are you most proud of in your career achievements or a defining moment of your career to date?
Being a part of my team members’ personal growth is one of the greatest rewards the job offers, second to “braggingly happy customers.”
Most challenging part of your job:
The most challenging part of my job has to be the inventory front. Manufacturer outs, short-coded inventory and discontinued items are at the top of the list.
Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:
Advice I would give young executives would be to soak in all the expertise you are exposed to, listening to your peers, as well as asking a lot of questions.
Vacations in the sun, watching my three sons grow into responsible young men, husbands and fathers, as well as being the best grandmother I can be to my two beautiful grandchildren.
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