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Retail Recruiters

Our Retail Staffing Specialists are researchers, strategy builders, company ambassadors and data analysts. They help our more than 1,200 stores attract applicants who have a passion for people, high standards of excellence, and availability to work retail hours.

Chris Bagnati Miami division

Chris Retail Staffing Specialist, Miami Division

Duties: Assist over 300 of our stores on Florida’s East Coast from Titusville to Key West with their staffing needs to ensure we have the right people who are passionately focused on providing the outstanding service and exceptional products customers expect from Publix, the premier quality food retailer.

Started at Publix: 2001 as a part-time cashier. Promoted from within up to Assistant Store Manager prior to becoming a recruiter for Publix.

Past lives: Executive Assistant and project coordinator for companies in the relocation, banking and adult beverage industries.

Favorites: Spending time with family and friends, good coffee, road trips, and classic rock.

Hobbies: Golf, gardening, DIY projects

Best part of working for Publix: Promote from within culture, job security, unlimited opportunities, and having a work family where true bonds are made and last forever.

Best part of my role here: Ability to promote the Publix brand, our culture, benefits and the fact that it's not just a job, it's a career.

Tip for job candidates: Attitude determines your altitude. Be right, look right, have a willingness to serve our customers with sincerity and humility. Ask yourself, "How can I be a difference maker?" in the customer experience. Be genuine, and most importantly, smile!

Curt Salisbury

Curt Manager of Retail Staffing

Duties: Support the retail staffing team

Started at Publix: 2016

Past lives: 20 years of HR experience in construction/engineering, manufacturing and transportation; extensive domestic and international human resources administration

Favorites: Meeting people, music, and witnessing simple acts of kindness

Hobbies: Enjoy all things outdoors; boat delivery captain

Best part of working for Publix: The culture

Best part of my role here: The opportunity to meet the future leaders of Publix

Tip for job candidates: Do your research on the company before you interview. Be prepared. Smile and make eye contact.


Debbie Season Staffing Specialist, Retail Staffing Specialist, Jacksonville Division

Duties: Support staffing in Jacksonville division and seasonal staffing for all divisions.

Past lives: Cashier, assistant customer service manager, retail staffing specialist, retail associate relations specialist

Favorites: Coffee, Blue Bloods, The Office, craft beer

Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and two dogs, traveling, fishing, spending time with my nieces and nephew

Best part of working for Publix: The people! We have the best team that is dedicated to helping others reach their goals, while achieving our own!

Best part of my role here: Helping applicants and current associates achieve their career goals!

Tip for job candidates: Be persistent and go after the career you want! Don’t settle for a “job”!

Dewayne Moore

DeWayne Retail Staffing Specialist, Atlanta (West) Division, Charlotte Division

Duties: “Boots on the Ground” in Nashville, Tennessee. Supporting Publix’s mission to be the Premier Quality Food Retailer in the World through relationship building. Internally, this role encourages our retail team with Publix’s best practices for associate recruiting and retention while, externally, the goal is to enlighten our community to the beauty of working alongside Publix to better serve our world.

Started at Publix: 2013

Past lives: Operations Manager/Trainer, teacher, musician, and student

Favorites: Campfires, Krispy-Kreme, county fairs, cruises, cards, crisp days, conversations, and all things classic

Hobbies: Enjoying time with my wife and family, performing music/singing, snowboarding, water sports, soaking up the holidays, and shared experiences.   

Best part of working for Publix: How diversity within an organization is woven into a common tapestry of strength, beauty, and purpose. I love the challenge by Mr. George that “tomorrow, Publix (and the world) will be a little better, or maybe not quite as good, depending on each of us.”  

Best part of my role here: The creativity the talent acquisition team implements to achieve Mr. George’s philosophy of guiding Publix towards a place where shopping (and working) is a pleasure!

Tip for job candidates: Think: passion and purpose. (What am I uniquely designed to do?) Think: attitude. (No “stinking thinking;” Be optimistic and encouraging.) Think: service. (How can I support the needs of another?) Be strong and confident. Be inclusive. (Remember, there is no “I” in team.) Attempt to build relational bridges. Own the role, task, or job you’re given. Finally, never give up. (Persistence prevails.)

Drake Stevens Jacksonville divison

Drake Retail Staffing Specialist, Jacksonville Division

Duties: Ensuring over 300 stores are staffed in the Jacksonville Division (Pensacola, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona and Jacksonville).

Started at Publix: October 2009

Past lives: I began my career with Publix in 2009 when I was a freshman in high school! I worked throughout the Customer Service department while being an active student in the performing arts for high school, and eventually liberal arts while I worked to obtain my degree in English Literature from Flagler College. After graduation, I became a Customer Service Team Lead, and a couple of years later an Assistant Customer Service Manager.

Favorites: Crystals, candles, incense, horoscopes and zodiacs, boots, books, wine, vintage mirrors, art, polaroids, Lana Del Rey, spa tubs, and turtlenecks

Hobbies: Reading, writing, fashion, horror films, photography, Animal Crossing, studying the metaphysical sciences, and meeting new people  

Best part of working for Publix: Being able to share my love for this company by being a component who helps others join the Publix family and start their careers!  

Best part of my role here: Continuously supporting our stores, traveling, meeting new people, and being a resource for others who need help!

Tip for job candidates: Publix is a garden of endless opportunities for each of us to plant our roots, continuously grow, and water others to do the same.

Nick Collins Atlanta division

Nick Retail Staffing Specialist, Atlanta Division

Duties: Supports the more than 280 stores in the Atlanta Division

Years with Publix: 14

Past lives: Retail manager, counselor supervisor, inventory manager

Favorites: The television shows Twin Peaks, Game of Thrones, and Survivor

Hobbies: Movie posters, music and yes, cooking

Best part of working for Publix: Knowing I have played some role in helping our customers experience the best customer service possible.

Best part of my role here: The opportunity to interact with many links in the chain that is our company. Whether by giving an associate more information about tuition reimbursement, or working on something that affects many stores, I can have a strong impact on what I see as a shopper when I visit our stores!

Tip for job candidates: It is very important that you interview us. There is a much greater likelihood that we can match you with the right position if you spend some time asking us questions!

Voncara Daly Lakeland division

Voncara Retail Staffing Specialist, Lakeland Division

Duties: Support 275+ stores in the Lakeland, Florida division

Started at Publix: June 2018

Past lives: Retail management, territory manager, realtor. While with Publix, deli clerk and lease compliance analyst.

Favorites: Stationery, plants and randomly beautiful things

Hobbies: Spending time with my husband, family and my mini schnauzer, Parker. I also adore crafting, estate sales and thrifting!

Best part of working for Publix: The people! My fellow associates are some of the most caring, genuine and amazing people I’ve ever met. We’ve got premier quality food and customer service – absolutely. We’ve also employ some of the most amazing premier quality people!

Best part of my role here: Having a fulfilling career at Publix has been a hard-sought, longtime dream of mine. Being in a position to now help others do the same thing is both thrilling and mind blowing!

Tip for job candidates: Partner your passion with persistence! If a career with Publix is your goal – keep pushing towards it. Do your research, ask lots of questions and be willing to do the work.