I came to work for Publix in 1980 because of its reputation as a great place to work. I continue to stay for the same reason. I started as a bagboy, or what we now call a front service clerk. I worked in several hourly positions throughout the store before being promoted to second assistant manager, assistant store manager and, in 1992, to store manager. I was promoted to district manager in 1999.
My future with Publix is a very bright one. I really appreciate that I'm with a great organization that's solid as a rock and continues to outpace industry norms as far as sales, profits, and store growth are concerned.
We probably could make even more money if the company wasn't so open and honest in its business practices, but that would only hurt us in the long term. Publix has never taken a shortsighted approach. We've always tried to do what's best for customers, vendors, and associates.
I love this industry because of the job security. It's practically recession-proof because everyone has to eat. What I love most is working with Publix people. I thoroughly enjoy seeing associates achieve the goals they set out to achieve, knowing that you played a part in helping them reach those goals.
Never forget where you came from, but always know where you're going!