Holly Migliore

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Holly MaglioreHolly Migliore

C&S Wholesale Grocers
Director of Floral, C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.

Years with company: 19 years with C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.; 42 years in the floral industry

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: My personal mentor is my mother who always believed in me and said I could do anything. I was first introduced to the floral world by my sister Suzanne who worked for a local flower shop. I joined her at 16 years old and immediately fell in love with the floral industry. Over time I worked for three more florists and progressed into management roles.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? During my mid 20’s the option to purchase a florist shop was offered to me however I decided instead to venture into the supermarket world.  Floral business within a grocery store was just beginning and I was there in its infant stage.  I can assure you this was an incredible change and a vastly different world from the flower shops I worked in.  After working for two major supermarkets, I made the decision to start my own business and soon was selling to grocery chains, independent stores and wholesale distributors throughout New England.   Then the opportunity arose to create floral programs for C&S Wholesale Grocers in which 19 years later, I am putting a lifetime of experiences to work.

Most challenging part of your job: Having worked on all sides of the floral business and my love and passion for this industry is what has made me successful today.  The biggest challenge now is to keep finding creative ways to succeed and grow the floral business for all.  Lack of successors in the floral industry is our biggest challenge as we need to keep grooming and mentoring new associates for the future.

Advice for younger executives: I feel very fortunate today to have had a lifetime of mentors.   My best advice is to do what you love, understand all sides of the business you work within, for this will enable you to make the best choices and succeed.