Karen L. Borie

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Borie,-KarenKaren L. Borie

Valley Fine Foods
Executive Vice President of Sales & Business Development

Years with company:

  • One year with Valley Fine Foods.
  • I have been in the food industry all of my life.  My Grandparents owned 3 grocery markets in Long Beach, CA and both of my parents worked in the grocery business all of their lives.  My brother, Scott Borie, worked for Dreyer’s Ice Cream for over 30 years and is now with Nestle Frozen and Refrigerated in So CA, which now owns Dreyer’s.

Education: University of Redlands, Business Administration


  • Sidney E. Borie  (My Dad)– Former Vice President of Anthony Macaroni Company – Taught me to never take no for an answer and that you can do anything you set your mind to do
  • Vicki Toutz – (former best high school coach and teacher) – Taught me confidence, strategic thinking, how to mentor and coach others, plus never to settle for 2nd best
  • Bob Otto – Former Senior VP of Nestle – Taught me to be a strong, smart business woman and to always remember “perception is everything” in life

What am I most proud of in my career: I am most proud of the men and women on the business teams that I have mentored and coached through the years, watching their successes and having them achieve their own dreams.

Most challenging part of my job: Helping to instill optimism and positive thinking with my teams and peers.  It is always a temptation to say “we can’t do that” or “we’ve done that before and it didn’t work”.   Can we tweak this idea or thought and make it work this time???

Advice for upcoming younger executives:

  • Work hard and smart, never give up!
  • Be passionate and believe in what you are doing
  • Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks
  • Find a way to voice your thoughts and opinions in a positive manner
  • Build relationships, networks and friendships in your career and in life


  • Love to cook when I have the time to really create, shop and use my imagination
  • Watching football, college and the NFL.  Go Niner’s!
  • Traveling to places far away, that I would have never even dreamed I be able to go one day
  • Reading mystery novels