Diane Colgan

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Diane Colgan  TOPS Markets, LLC Diane Colgan 

TOPS Markets, LLC
Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Years with company: Five years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • B.S. in Business Administration
  • College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
  • Cornell University, Food Industry  Management Program
  • Wharton School of Business, Competitive Retailing Executive Program
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Western NY Chapter), Board of Directors

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:  Being a daughter to immigrant parents, they encouraged me to dream big and believe in myself – that really anything is possible if you continuously learn, try hard and give your best. Later as I started building my career, I was very fortunate to work with and learn from many of the best in retailing and specifically in the food industry. They took the time to share their knowledge, to encourage, to provide new opportunities to learn and to be a part of all aspects of the business. One of those mentors was Frank Curci, who I worked with 16 years ago, and am fortunate enough after 11 years to work with again at TOPS Markets where he is the chief executive officer and more recently, the new owner. 

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? That I’ve been successful in a career that I love!

Most challenging part of your job: Communication. Almost every breakdown or misunderstanding occurs from a lack of clear communication. Whether communicating to each other, a large group of associates, to a community of people, or to millions of customers, speak as you are speaking to one person. Be prepared, know what you want to say, and speak clearly and simply…and then listen and provide the opportunity for feedback.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Take every opportunity to learn; stay open to  new opportunities; and embrace change. It is inevitable whether in your personal or professional life.

Hobbies: To support my family’s hobbies especially those of my two sons. I also love to read and to play tennis.