Carmela Crawford

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Carmela Crawford of Lomar DistributingCarmela Crawford

Lomar Distributing, a Hy-Vee Company
Specialty Food Buyer

Years with company: 16 Years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • Des Moines Area Community College- AS Degree
  • Expanded Studies at Iowa State University

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career?

My grandmother would be the most important mentor in my life. She taught me at a young age that anything worth doing was worth doing right. That has always stuck with me and I still to this day strive to do the very best I can at whatever I do and I feel I hold myself to a high standard because of it.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateThe defining moment in my career was when I was given the opportunity to be a buyer for Lomar. I found that I really had a knack for my job and I felt like this was what I was meant to do. I am proud of the hard work I do and that my colleagues appreciate the efforts I make.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is staying on top of the ever changing industry and being ahead of the trends. Specialty Food trends can change very quickly and sometimes we can’t react quickly enough for our consumers.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Always keep your word, be trustworthy and follow through. This industry is very fast paced and people appreciate a response in a timely manner and appreciate someone who they know they can trust and count on. Don’t be afraid to give your opinion or suggestion about something because your opinion might the one your company needed to hear.

Hobbies: Boating and spending time with my family