Patricia (Pat) Houle

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Pat Houle, Bozzuto’sPatricia (Pat) Houle

Bozzuto’s, Inc.
Corporate Secretary

Years with company: 45 Years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
For the past 35 years I have helped run the golf tournament for Bozzuto’s Sports Charity Classic, which is now the Adam J. Bozzuto Memorial Classic.  This event has raised substantial funds for numerous worthwhile charities each year.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career?
I have had many mentors over the years including teachers, retailers, vendors, fellow staff members, friends, and family.   My parents instilled within me a strong work ethic – that old adage of hard work never hurt anyone and give a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.  I am fortunate to have been taught all aspects of our company by one of the very best, Adam Bozzuto.  He had a phenomenal knowledge of the food industry and was truly a people person.  All members of the Bozzuto team were important because they helped to contribute to the success of our company as well as our customers.  In his eyes, no job was ever too big or too small.  His philosophy was to honor his verbal commitments as if they were written contracts,  and to help whoever he could.  Adam was one of the most respected men that I have ever known, and I am honored to regard him, not only as a mentor, but also as my “second” father.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
I’m proud to have been part of our company’s growth and prosperity.   When I started, there were just over 100 employees, housed in one warehouse.  Today, under Michael Bozzuto’s leadership, we employ over 1,300 in our expanded original building, as well as three additional distribution centers.

Most challenging part of your job:
My challenges are maintaining a positive, cooperative attitude over issues beyond my control, and working within time constraints without compromising the quality of my work.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
After 45 years, I am still learning, so my advice is to learn as much as you can about every position and aspect of your company.  Changes are inevitable so ask questions and listen, then you will understand how your actions might affect someone else.  Always tackle each project with enthusiasm and always do your very best.

Boating and spending as much time as possible with my husband and family including our six grandsons.