Ann Marie Burke

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Ann Burke, WakefernAnn Marie Burke

Wakefern Food Corp. 

Years with company: 14 years

Current position and your immediate supervisor:
Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Planning/ Joseph Sheridan, executive vice president


Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates:

B.S., Florida State University

  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law
  • Human Resource Studies Certification, Cornell University
  • Trustee, New Jersey Women’s Law Association
  • Executive Women of New Jersey

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
So many of our successful ShopRite owners and dedicated Wakefern associates has been a source of inspiration, support and guidance throughout my career. When Natan Tabak, Wakefern’s CIO, hired me in 1996, he introduced me to the unique culture of our co-op and the importance of consensus-building and teamwork.  He demonstrates the value of being clear, direct and even-handed with both praise and criticism and a passion for hard work. In addition, every day I learn from our CEO Dean Janeway and Executive V.P. Joe Sheridan the value of a sense of humor and that people are people first and employees second.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements or defining moment of your career to date?
We established a Health and Wellness program to try to decrease heath care costs and the results have exceeded expectations.  In a short time, our “Live Right with ShopRite” Associate group has established a healthy and fun corporate culture through self assessments, exercise classes, weight loss contests and fitness celebrations. Our running club became the “walk-run” club when I joined and we have over 150 members exercising while supporting numerous charities. The bonus has been greater camaraderie and networking throughout our company. In 2011, we will not have any increase in health care costs!

Most challenging part of your job:Wakefern is fortunate to have a dedicated work force with incredible longevity. One quarter of our associates has been with Wakefern 25 years or more.  The challenging part of my job is to engage, challenge and recognize our current work force while “building on the best” with recruiting and training new talent.

Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:Constantly seek new challenges that test your skills and challenge your comfort level.  More important, as our CEO stresses to every new hire, the basic Golden Rule of treating everyone as you would like to be treated.

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