Christine Magyarits

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Magyarits,-ChrisChristine Magyarits

Wakefern Food Corp.
Community Relations Manager

Years with company: 27

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Kean University
  • Master of Science, Food Marketing, St. Joseph’s University
  • Member, New Jersey Council of Grantmakers
  • Member, New Jersey Corporate Contributions Group

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Throughout my supermarket career, I’ve been exposed to many professionals who have provided me with a “hand up”.  Their advice and points of view have been priceless in shaping the way that I think about doing business day to day.  There are two women in my life that have been particularly influential.

My mother, Ann, was the first and most important mentor in my life. One of the strongest and most resilient women I have ever known, she taught me to always be true to my convictions and uphold my ideals. The work ethic that she instilled in me has served me well in business.

Karen Meleta, Vice President Consumer & Corporate Communications, Wakefern Food Corp., is a brilliant leader that has provided me with many opportunities for growth. She is a forward thinker who challenges everyone around her to raise the bar and to think outside the box. Under Karen’s tutelage, I have been fortunate to significantly elevate Wakefern’s Corporate Social Responsibility platform.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? I’m most proud of my ability to influence Wakefern’s support for the community while managing our organization’s philanthropy.  Being able to shed light on the pervasive issue of hunger through the ShopRite Partners In Caring program has been very gratifying. Every day, I’m fortunate to interact with incredibly caring individuals – my Wakefern colleagues, our ShopRite owners and associates and the teams at charitable organizations we support.

Most challenging part of your job: The greatest challenge I face is the management of the charitable budget when the need in the community is so great.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Be open to opportunities when they arise, help others, and find something that you love to do. Your passion for the work will sustain you!

Hobbies: I love gardening – both indoors and out! I also enjoy interior decorating. Helping friends and family “reshape their space” is a great creative outlet.