Judith A. Spires

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Spires,-JudyJudith A. Spires

AG Supermarket Holdings

Years with Company:  5

Education degrees & professional/volunteer organizations: I received my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University, in Philadelphia, Pa. and graduated from Cornell University’s Food Executive Program, in Ithaca, N.Y.

I serve as the chairperson for the Academy of Food Marketing at St. Joseph’s University and the New Jersey Food Council, am on the board of The Food Marketing Institute and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and am a trustee for LaSalle University. I am also a member of the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council.

Mentors:  I have been fortunate to have many mentors in my career, beginning with my store manager when I was a part-time clerk at the Westmont Super Saver. He was passionate about taking care of our customers and made the business fun and exciting. He always shared new ideas to engage the customers and had a personal drive to empower his team. Even as a part-timer, he made me feel that my work was invaluable. How lucky I was to have his passion as the impetus behind my same passion.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements?  Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?  I am most proud of being able to give so many talented people I have worked with the opportunity to advance and pursue the successes that they deserve. Our industry is still the “Land of Opportunity,” where anyone can pursue the American Dream, and it makes me so proud to be an example of that. When I was in college and told my dad I wanted to be a store manager and not a teacher, his instantaneous response was, “Judy, you can be whatever you want to be.” I want to pay my father’s support forward and be that person for all the next generations of leaders.   

Most challenging part of your job:  There are just not enough hours in the day! There is always so much more that we can dream, envision, design, lead and complement. When you work with so many committed and talented people, the days go so fast, and no two days are ever alike.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:   “You can be anything you want to be,” and you will, by working to be the best at whatever job you have and position you are in.

Hobbies: Entertaining, food, decorating (I am an HGTV addict!), Broadway musicals, reading, yoga, hiking and music!