I feel lucky to be a Publix associate. I started at the Boynton Beach distribution center in November 1989. I remember working with the associates in the office who already had 10 years of service and thought there was no way I was ever going to be employed in one job for that long. Of course, that was almost 23 years ago.
In 1995, I transferred to the Orlando distribution center which brought new opportunities for me because we had just opened a new high-velocity and boxed meat/dairy department. Since I had spent most of my career with Publix as an inventory control coordinator, being able to experience the different warehouses and learn new departments and processes only strengthened my skill set.
Even more great news came in 2005 when Publix decided to add the pharmaceutical distribution warehouse to better serve our stores. It was opened at the Orlando distribution center, allowing me more opportunity to learn and grow.
In 2011, I decided to apply with the state to become a certified designated representative. I passed the test and was accepted by the state, which was a very meaningful personal accomplishment. This also led me to my most recent career move as the compliance and regulatory manager for the Orlando pharmacy distribution center. Mr. George once said, "Publix is like a smorgasbord, with opportunity spread out for you. Prepare yourself; the opportunities are up for grabs." This has been so true in my career and is why I love working at Publix.