Margarita Caraballo

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Tops Friendly Markets
Category Manager of Bulk, Candy, Condiments, Commercial Bakery, Cookies, Crackers, PB/spreads & warehouse beverages

Years with company: 15 Years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
BS Business Management~ Canisius College, MS in Organizational Leadership ~ Medaille College, currently pursuing an MBA~ Canisius College. Delta Business insight bronze certification.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: The most impactful mentors I have had been the informal relationships that I have had along my career. They have been peers that I have respect for who they are and their genuine interest in helping me along the way such as Dave Damrath  and Bill Steggs who were my previous supervisors along with Cathy Shifflet, VP of our center store. They all believed in me and always were honest and provided candid feedback that has helped me grow both personally and professionally.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateMost definining moment in my career has been the challenge of being a single parent and continuing my education while working full time and attending school. Doing so has given me appreciation for my current employer who has employed me since college and supported me along my career path from store operations to my current role as a Category Manager.

Most challenging part of your job: Juggling all aspects of my job and maintaining a work/life balance.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Be aware of your brand and be open to feedback. Continuous self- mprovement is key to success. Networking and building relationships are vital to future success in one’s career.  Don’t be afraid to seek mentorship and guidance, it’s ok not to have all the answers.

Hobbies: Working out and spending time with my children.