Lisa Schaffer

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Schaffer,-LISALisa Schaffer

Imperial Distributors
Sales Counselor, Kings Supermarkets

Years with company: 9 months

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: BS in Marketing from Montclair State University, 2006 Grocery Manufacturers Woman Executive of the Year

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:  I have had the fortune of having many mentors in each stage of my career.  My very first mentor Joel Bercy taught me the fundamentals of buying and it was upwards from there.  My most important mentor in my life was my mom.  She instilled in me the values that I still hold dear today.  She too, started at the bottom and worked her way up through the ranks in a male dominated business.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to date I am proud of where I am in my career today and the work and dedication it took to get here.  I have worked  for supermarkets both on the corporate and retail side, wholesale distributors and retail drug stores in a management capacity.  This gives me a unique perspective on running my business.  I am also most proud of the relationships that I have built in all of my years in the industry.  A defining moment in my career to date is the impact in sales growth that I have been a part of since I started with Imperial Distributors only 9 months ago.  We have remodeled 7 stores with an enhanced shopping experience business model in the Health and Beauty Care department which has generated positive sales growth in these stores versus the same time frame a year ago.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is that no day is ever the same.  I am the liaison between the account that I manage and my company.  On any given day, I may be faced with anything from product to transportation issues.  I must always be prepared and ready to meet the needs of both my company and my customer.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: My advice would be to always conduct yourself with integrity, dignity and honor.  Learn as much as you can from co-workers and senior managers.  You may encounter things that may not make much sense to you at the time but you may refer back to in your future.

Hobbies: I adore dogs.  I love to cook and entertain my friends with my culinary creations.  I also enjoy listening to music and the beach.