What’s the best part of your job?

The absolute best part of my job is the opportunity to travel the globe and meet and work with some of the best and most innovative retailers in the world. In my nearly 35 years of working in the retail industry, no two days have ever been the same. Each market, country and company is unique and fascinating.

What inspires your leadership approach?

I had the remarkable opportunity at a very young age to be exposed to dynamic leaders and have some terrific mentors to learn from. And I was provided with the chance to shine early in my career. As a result, I always try to pay it forward, provide time and opportunities for young associates to be able to do the same as well as provide my time to those starting out in the industry. And I am constantly amazed by people’s capabilities and their ability to step up.

What do you cherish most about being a part of the industry?

I happen to be consulting for Winn-Dixie (Southeastern Grocers) after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Winn-Dixie was one of the first retailers to reopen and the outpouring of support and emotion in the community was palpable. Our mission was a simple one: We help families and neighborhoods grow. While it sounds cliche, food retail is an essential part of people’s lives and truly part of the fabric of a community. At no time has this been more apparent than today in the middle of a global pandemic where it becomes so evident how vital every component of the retail supply chain plays an essential role in a community’s sustenance. I am reminded of this every single day as I think about what we’re really here for.