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Gaye General Manager, Bakery Plant
I am very proud to say that I have worked for Publix since 1984! I was 17 years old and had just graduated from Auburndale High School when my uncle, who already worked for Publix, encouraged me to get a job at the Bakery Plant. I was just looking for something until I decided what I wanted to do with my life. Little did I know that my temporary job was the beginning of a fantastic and rewarding career.
I began as temporary Christmas help, and was hired fulltime as soon as I turned 18. I worked the night shift for several years and had the opportunity to become a Machine Operator on a variety of equipment. I eventually earned a promotion to Line Leader and then Foreman.
The time I spent working night shift was a challenge, but it also gave me my first glimpse of how dedicated Publix associates are. I was utterly amazed that people worked all night to bake and pack sweets and desserts for all the Publix stores!
After 10 years with this incredible company, I accepted the position of Department Manager. In May of 2013, I was honored with a promotion to the Bakery Plant General Manager, which is the position I currently hold. I started my career as temporary holiday help and now I am the General Manager so I am definitely living proof of the opportunities that Publix offers its associates. The first thing I tell my new associates at orientation is that with initiative, hard work and dedication, you can go anywhere you want in Publix.