Melonie Nastanski

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Melonie Nastanski, Big YMelonie Nastanski

Big Y Foods
Frozen Food Sales Manager

Years with company:  23 years

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
I have had a few mentors in my life starting with my mom and dad. They both have very strong work ethics and instilled in me that hard work and determination will only make you a successful career woman, of which I have become. I have also been very fortunate to have had several mentors, all of which are from Big Y. The first being the late Val Vivenzio, who believed in me and taught me the ins and outs of buying frozen food and negotiating deals etc….Miss you Val!…..And there’s Eric Swensen who has taken me even further in my career. He has taught me things about the business and buying process I never even knew existed. Thanks to these two gentleman and a few others at Big Y I am who I am today.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
Being asked to represent Big Y on the Executive Board of Directors of FRANE and being nominated one of the 2013 Women of Influence.

Most challenging part of your job:
The amount of hours that needs to be put in to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Trying to balance work and family is a little challenging for me, but I do and always will find a way to get the job done without neglecting my family, as they are most important to me.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
Work hard, never give up and never be afraid to ask for help.

Spending time with my children, Jeremy and Jocelyn…. Not really having any hobbies of my own per se, I do share in my daughter’s hobby of dance, attending competitions, conventions etc.