Nancy Alibrando

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ALIBRANDO_NANCYNancy Alibrando

Wakefern Food Corp.

Current position:  I am a business manager in the Wholesale Division at Wakefern.  My main responsibilities include the day-to-day relationships with our domestic and international customers that our division services, as well as the internal customers here at Wakefern.

Years with company:
40 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
Recipient of the 2011 YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award, volunteering yearly at the Special Olympics and Deborah Hospital fundraiser.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
I have been very fortunate to have had many mentors over the 40 years I have been with Wakefern.  When I came to the Wholesaling Division 15 year ago, I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful manager, Ray Miller.  Under Ray’s guidance, I learned to be an effective manager in a sales division and the importance of customer service.  Ray’s leadership allowed me to flourish in a sales environment, and eventually hone my own skills as a mentor and leader to the associates who are part of the Wholesale Division.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements?  Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
In 2007, the executive staff of Wakefern made the decision to support and expand our wholesale operations.  Being a business manager in wholesale allowed me the opportunity to put all I have learned over the years to the test, by motivating our associates to grow sales with existing customers, as well as teaching them how to effectively obtain new customers.  It has been a tremendous source of pride for me to pass on what I have learned to the “next generation” of Wakefern Associates.

Most challenging part of your job:
No day is ever the same.  Working in domestic and international sales, I can encounter a number of challenges on any given day; from extreme weather causing logistic delays, to boats breaking down in the Atlantic Ocean en route to another country.  I always have to be prepared for any scenario, and react accordingly to meet the needs of the customer.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
It is important to pay attention to each and every person you meet.  Success is ultimately all about the relationships that you develop along your career.  Work hard, and do not take the people around you for granted!

Hobbies:
Spending free time with my family and friends, as well as traveling and spending the summer at the beach.