Michelle Elliott

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Brookshire Grocery Company
Category Manager- Baking & Coffee

Years with company: 25 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • Associate of Arts- Behavioral Science- Kilgore College
  • Bachelor of Business Administration- LeTourneau University
  • Master of Business Administration- LeTourneau University

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Gene Walker- He is the person that hired me for Brookshire’s and pushed me outside of my comfort zone in order to enhance my career and make me a better person and employee.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to date? I am proud of the fact that I started in this company as a sacker in our retail stores and have been able to work my way to Category Manager.  I have learned many valuable lessons along the way and the knowledge that my journey has given me is something that cannot be taught but must be experienced in order to be effective.  The defining moment of my career was the day I was named one of the first Category Managers for Brookshire Grocery Company.  BGC did not implement this business process until 2008 and to be part of this incredible change and new beginning for our company was a proud moment for me.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is juggling all of the multiple issues, daily tasks, deadlines, etc., that come my way every day.  My job is very rewarding but there is a lot of hard work and prioritizing that has to take place in order to be effective. A CM wears many hats so just staying on top of everything while keeping up with the changing trends of shoppers can be overwhelming at times.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: My advice is: If you want an education and have been putting it off to go and pursue it now.  I regret waiting so late in my career to complete my MBA and I feel that education is extremely important.  I would also stress patience and learning all that you can about the industry by volunteering to take on extra job duties.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with family and friends and am always open to a new adventure.