Aimee Morgida

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Roche Bros. Supermarkets
Director of Operations for Roche Bros./Sudbury Farms/Brothers Marketplace

Years with company:  I have been with Roche Bros. for seven years and have been in the Supermarket Industry since 1988.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:  I graduated University of Massachusetts/Amherst with Bachelor in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and a minor in Management.  I am a member of Northeast Organization of Women.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: As many of us have experienced I hope, I have had several mentors in my career.

Anthony Harnett, founder of Bread & Circus, taught me so much about focus and detail of retail selling.

AC Gallo (WFM) taught me how to celebrate the joy and passion of loving the product you sell and how to teach and share that love with others.

Jennie Fotovich (Roche Bros.) has taught me how to persevere and be patient while pushing forward towards goals and always is available to listen.

Gary Pfeil (Roche Bros.) has been a wonderful sponsor throughout my time at Roche Bros. by helping and guiding me to be successful within the organization.

My husband, Paul, has been endlessly patient and helped guide me through my career when I have thought I don’t have the resilience to keep setting the bar as high as it can soar. He listens, and listens and listens and then tells me to GO FOR IT!

And my grandfather raised me to believe I could do anything I set my mind towards accomplishing, I hope I have made him proud.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?  I am very proud that I was able to take the leap from the Natural Supermarket Industry and hold the Director of Operations position for a conventional supermarket chain.  A defining moment in my career to date has been the opening of Brothers Marketplace in Medfield Ma. on July 30 of this year.  A year and a half of planning with my incredible team, Robin McNamara and Jessica Winship, culminated in the opening of a new small store concept store for Roche Bros. with a focus on local relationships within the vendor community and the ability for customers to shop in a neighborhood market.  Brothers Marketplace is the culmination of all of my experiences throughout my career in both industries and I am very proud of how it came together and the reception it has received from customers as well as the trade.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is to inspire people to think beyond what they know and/or have experienced in their life.  To continue to think outside of the box and develop their creative side while executing on a very concrete level is a tough skill to teach.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: The best advice I can give to a younger executive is to find a role that you are passionate about and do that position.  Life is not about “titles” or cash but the daily job of getting up and going to work.  You should love what you do as it will inspire you to keep going on the days when it is tough and be most rewarding at the end of the day.

Hobbies: I am an avid reader, but I also love to run, do yoga and most recently attend Pure Barre classes!