Krista M. Wells-Wendt

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Martin’s Super Markets
HR Manager

Years with company: 15

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: In 2009 I received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management from Colorado Technical University; I graduated summa cum laude. In 2014 I received a master of arts degree in mass communication from the University of Florida; I graduated with high distinction. I am also involved in my children’s school activities and enjoy helping in the classroom and attending PTA meetings.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: During my career I have been fortunate enough to work with a number of fantastic individuals who have helped me grow and develop personally and professionally. About ten years ago I was a young and green store HR Coordinator. I didn’t know a lot about the grocery industry, or how to make good hiring decisions that truly met the needs of the store. Chris Belakovich was my store manager at the time and he supported me whole heartedly; he constantly provided feedback and shared his knowledge of the industry, which allowed me to make decisions based on what was best for the store. I have also been lucky enough to work with two wonderful ladies in the HR department, Becky Anson and Sara Brodzinski. Both have kept me challenged, allowed me to be involved in projects that involve different areas of the organization, and have aided me in further developing my HR knowledge and skills.  Without the support of all three aforementioned individuals I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? When I look back at my career there are many moments that make me proud, including hiring and training individuals who are now department managers, however, I have to say the moment that stands out was when I was given the opportunity to manage a large work force management software rollout. It has been a challenge but it has also been great fun.

Most challenging part of your job: Being a working mother! Sometimes I find it difficult to find the perfect work/life balance, but I work for a company that values family and family commitments, which makes it easier to ask for time off to attend a field trip, class event, or to take a day off when my children are out of school without feeling guilty.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Always give 110% and continue to challenge yourself and those around you.

Hobbies: spending time with my children, which includes transporting them to their various activities, reading, and watching Florida Gators football and basketball.