Hired as a sacker for Milgram Grocery Store #23 in Independence, Mo. 1981 is where I learned the importance of hard work and speaking to people with a simple "Hi and Thank You". It got me recognized and my first promotion. I always believed in speaking to everyone regardless if they spoke or not.
1983 Milgram converted to SaveMart and I began working the cash register and stocking grocery. It was all new and exciting to me. Unfortunately it would all end on September 26, 1986 as Milgram/SaveMart closed for good.
NEW BEGINNING (CAREER)
1988 Joined Knese's Sun Fresh as a cashier, stocker and promoted to back door receiver. Promoted 1989 to store management the beginning of my manager career - exciting, nervous, fun but learned a lot. In 1996 promoted to Store Director really appreciated the opportunity that I was given and all the people I met and grew to know.
CHANGE AGAIN (GROWTH)
1997 Ball's Price Chopper/Hen House purchased the Knese's Sun Fresh (2) stores. Bigger company (30 stores) and bigger challenges with a whole new horizon. Great growth opportunity working in Kansas and Missouri stores as Store Director and learning the different personality of the stores.