Melissa Angle

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Angle,-MelissaMelissa Angle

UNFI (United Natural Foods, Inc.)
National Director, Supplier Relationship Management

Years with company: 7 Years (current) + 3 Years (Previously)

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
BS Business Management & Marketing – Eastern Connecticut State University

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Throughout my career, I have been strongly influenced by John Raiche.  John and I have worked together for close to 16 years, and throughout this time, he has provided me opportunities to enhance my skillset and develop areas that have help me become a well-rounded individual.  Additionally, during by college years, my basketball coach, Bob Miller, instilled an environment of structure, teamwork, discipline, hard work and time-management, all of which I employ in both my personal and professional life today.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to date?
Looking back at my career, I feel that my biggest accomplishment is my ability to work “through the ranks” to be where I am today.  When I first started with UNFI in 1998, I was a Marketing Coordinator.  I am amazed at how far I have come, however, I have worked hard to get where I am and it truly illustrates how hard-work and dedication really pay off.

Most challenging part of your job:
Today, I feel that most difficult part of my job is ensuring all tasks are met on time and according to expectations met.  Given the growth of our organization (which is a great problem to have), it is difficult at times to juggle the day-to-day along with the additional projects/tasks that come our way.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: 
Patience!  From my experiences throughout my career, I have discovered that patience is one of the most important aspects of any job.  Particularly with younger executives, it is important to employ patience – learn the job, master it, develop new skills and enhance existing skills, before looking at taking that next step.  Although you may want more now, trust me, learning the ropes before moving to the next level will only benefit you in the long run.

Hobbies: I have 2 children, 13 and 17, which certainly takes up a significant amount of my time.  My daughter is actively engaged in sports, so much of our evenings and weekends are spent attending practices and/or games.

This year, I took a leap, and got certified to coach basketball within the public school system.  I am currently coaching the 6-8th Girls Basketball Team for my hometown middle school, of which, my daughter is a participant.

Family is very important to me and most of our free time is utilized by spending time together, regardless of the activity.