Mary Kellmanson

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Mary KellmansonMary Kellmanson

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

Years with the company:  Joined Winn-Dixie in October of 2008

Current position and your immediate supervisor:
Group Vice President, Marketing – reports directly to Peter Lynch, chairman, chief executive officer and president.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates:
I hold  an undergraduate degree in government from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.B.A. in marketing from The University of Rochester.  I am an active member of the community and am involved in several community programs including the Alumni Board Executive Committee for the University of Rochester.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
I’ve been fortunate to work with some incredibly talented folks throughout my career, and I like to think that I’ve been able to learn a little from each of them.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements or a defining moment of your career to date?
I take a great deal of pride in helping people get the most out of the talents and abilities. Even years later, I love hearing how someone I’ve worked with is making a difference.

Most challenging part of your job:
One of the greatest challenges boils down to time management. Time is limited, and there’s always more, more, more to do, so it’s imperative to be working on the right things — the things that will most contribute to our success.

Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:
Treat everyone well. Don’t shy away from making hard decisions. And be yourself.

It’s cliche, but there’s nothing I love better than spending time with my family. I’m also a total foodie, chowhound, or whatever term you prefer for someone who enjoys trying new flavors, discovering new combinations, and just simply enjoying food. Even when I travel, my focus is on discovering the local food customs that give each region its unique flavor.