Sandra Estep

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Sandra-EstepSandra Estep

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Years with company: 19 years

Current position and your immediate supervisor:
Vice President & Controller, Corporate Accounting
My immediate supervisor is David Phillips, CFO & treasurer.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates:
Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Florida Southern College and then went on to become a Certified Public Accountant.  I have represented Publix for our industry on FMI’s Electronic Payment Systems Committee for 16 years.  I am also involved with the Retail Industry Leaders Association.  With these associations I have been pushing for reasonable interchange fees on debit and credit card transactions.

I also work with the Florida Retail Federation trying to keep electric rates reasonable for all consumers of Florida.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
My boss, David Phillips, has been a great mentor, leader and teacher.  Also, Tina Johnson, advisor to the chief executive officer, has been a wonderful mentor for me.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements or a defining moment of your career to date?
I am most proud of winning the George W. Jenkins Excellence in Leadership award for Support in 2001.

Most challenging part of the job:
I am mostly challenged to do everything possible for the associates I lead to advance in their careers.  I am challenged to continually improve all the processes in Accounting and Payroll.

Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:
Don’t take individual credit for accomplishments.  Give the credit to the associates you lead and your co-workers.  Volunteer for more responsibility without expecting more pay. (That will come after you are successful.)

Boating and spending time with family and friends.  Running and exercising, attending sporting events in my spare time including the Tampa Bay Bucs.  Spending time with my special rescue dog, Splash.