Jennie Fotovich

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Jennie FotovichJennie Fotovich

Roche Bros. Supermarkets
Vice President of Human Resources

Years with company:  I have been with Roche Bros for five  years and have spent more than 30 in the food industry. 

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: I hold the designation of SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources)

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Many individuals have had an impact on my life and my career, some in the form of a friend, while others were mentors and role models.  I believe that we are all a product of influence and I have been fortunate to have had many great influences in my life.   Dedra Castle Newman introduced me to the corporate structure of the grocery industry.  Her insights and guidance assisted me in learning how to work through many channels to achieve greater results.  Mike Byars has been a friend and mentor for many years.  His strong leadership and ability to transform organizations is a gift that he shares with those willing to learn.  I appreciate all of the long discussions and learning events that he has provided to me during my career.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? I am proud to have been in positions that allowed me to have an impact on others.  Encouraging young talent to grow and develop is by far the greatest reward and the best part of my job.  I am honored to have been part of their lives and enjoy celebrating their successes throughout their careers.   Contributing to each community is equally important and it is possible to do this and develop young talent in retail business.   The future of our industry depends upon our communities and our next generations.

Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? My defining moment was many years ago when I realized how sharing my experiences with others may be a positive learning event for the next generation.

Most challenging part of your job: Helping others acknowledge and embrace change and how it is a vital part of our lives and industry.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Be passionate about what you do, be honest in your endeavors and always look out for others.  While we live in a very large world, we frequently have a greater impact than we realize, so make it count!