Tammy DeBoer

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Tammy DeBoerTammy DeBoer

Company:  Bloom is one of the Delhaize America banners. It operates 65 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.

Years with company:  19 years

Current position and your immediate supervisor:
I serve as the vice president of Bloom and am responsible for all aspects of Bloom’s operations including merchandising, marketing and brand development, retail operations and retail services. I report to Beth Newlands Campbell, president of Hannaford, a supermarket banner also owned by Delhaize Group.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates:
I earned a bachelor of technology degree at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. I also serve as an ambassador for the Carolinas Chapter of the Network of Executive Women.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
I have always been very fortunate to have incredible mentors who were genuinely interested in my professional development. One particular mentor taught me that “feedback is a gift” – it’s up to us what we do with it. Sharing my career experiences, challenges and successes to help others is important to me as a mentor as well.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements or a defining moment of your career to date?
I am most proud of the associates’ lives that I have been able to touch in a positive way. I especially enjoy encouraging associates to achieve success and career goals beyond their expectations.

Most challenging part of your job:
The most challenging aspect of my job is leading the business and our associates through these tough economic times. However, I believe our business is benefiting from the stronger foundation and greater team unity that we have gained from overcoming challenges. Everyone is committed to a shared outcome.

Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:
Be sure to stay focused on your career goals and surround yourself with mentors or peers that give you helpful, candid feedback. Don’t set limits on your capabilities. Always show genuine appreciation for the work others do to support you or your functional area, and keep in mind that developing solid, sustainable professional relationships is critical to being successful.

Traveling, painting and spending time with family and friends.