What’s the best part of your job?

Working with people. In a world that continues to trend toward automated solutions, I find working with my customers on programs that drive our mutual businesses to be the most satisfying.

What inspires your leadership approach?

I learned early on there is a significant difference between a boss and a leader. I expanded and sharpened my leadership skills based on being confident, taking responsibility, extending trust to the people with whom I worked, empowering those around me and by being transparent.

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

The people. I grew up in the grocery industry; as a little girl I can remember walking Vons stores with my father, learning about the business from the ground up. The relationships and connections to people that my father had were an inspiration to me. My dad made the industry come alive for me; his passion for excellence in the grocery industry was palpable. It has been an honor to pioneer my own path through an industry that is so near and dear to my heart.