Accomplished Divisional VP of Supermarket / Grocery Retail Operations with a proven track record for achieving excellent results. Recognized for creating high performing teams and providing strong leadership in a multi-unit, cross functional retail grocery / supermarket operation. Known for being a strategic, hands on executive driving business results through empowering employees, holding people accountable for achieving their goals, setting high standards, striving for operational efficiency, setting clear objectives, identifying process improvement opportunities and achieving financial excellence.

§Operational Excellence:Setting high standards, driving for operational efficiency, establishing and measuring results, being proactive in addressing gaps in performance.

§People Management:Selecting and developing the right people, establishing clear objectives, and holding people accountable for achieving their goals.

§Results Focused: Identifying and acting on leverage points to achieve results, marketplace expansion, process improvement and financial excellence.

Areas of Expertise:

Process and Operational Management, Cross Functional Team Leadership, Real Estate Business Development and Expansion, Problem Analysis and Decision Making, Multi-Unit Facility Management, Profit and Loss Oversight, Budget Creation and Control, Goal Setting, Cost Containment, Recruiting, Coaching and Development, Legal Matter Resolution, Operational Leadership in:Grocery Distribution/Warehousing, Bakery Production, Purchasing, Private Label Merchandising, Administration and Accounting, and Pricing.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2010 - Present

Market Manager

Apr 2008 - Oct 2009

Regional Director of Operations


Responsible for the Texas region, reporting to the Regional Vice President of Operations.Led this turnaround market situation through a team of Operations Managers, Regional Perishable Manager, District Managers and Perishable Counselors.Partnered with the Development team and provided direction for market expansion.

§Achieved record sales increase for Texas; +11.6% for FY09 (March 2008-February 2009).Average weekly sales +12.9% through quarter 1 FY10.

§Improved average sale per customer by 3% through quarter 2 FY10.

§Increased store productivity by 9.7% FY09 and 19.14% through quarter 2 FY10 (March 2009-August 2009).

§Lowered total productive wage expense by 10.0% through quarter 2 FY10.

§Trimmed overtime expenses by 33.73% through quarter 2 FY10.

§Reduced operating expenses by 6.9% FY09 and 14.54% through quarter 2 FY10.

§Decreased perishable shrink results 37.9% FY09 and 34.08% through quarter 2 FY10.

§Cut total inventory shrink by 24.6% FY09 and 1.11% through quarter 2 FY10.

§Improved EBIT results FY09 by 2.6% and 35.3% through quarter 2 FY10.

§Analyzed Texas expansion potential and created new store growth plan with two new stores scheduled to open in FY10 and 5 in FY11.

Apr 1995 - Aug 2007

Vice President

Aldi Inc.

Reported directly to the Office of the President.Led a division with 400+ employees, and 55-65 retail store locations.Led and directed the operation of the Mississippi Bakery production facility with 81 employees and product going to more than 300 retail stores.Managed a team of eight Directors in the areas of Store Operations, Bakery Operations, Real Estate, Warehousing, Administration and Purchasing.

§Created a company culture where employee development was one of the key areas of focus.

§Demonstrated excellent recruiting skills for District Managers.Maintained a minimal, average turnover rate of 16%.

§Hired and/or developed 14 District Managers who were promoted to company Directors, accounting for 10% of the Director population.

§Produced store productivity results in the range of 450-550 placing the Burlington Division in the top five U.S. divisions.

§Generated the lowest store inventory loss in U.S. operations for 12 consecutive years ranging from .35-.45% of sales.

§Identified and developed new opportunities to improve sales.

oOpened 25 new stores; 21 of those in Minnesota from 2003-2007.

oReplaced nine existing stores.

oRemodeled 59 stores in two years.

§Achieved sales improvements in both total sales and average store sales.

Total SalesAverage Store Sales



2005+10%+ .3%

2004+13% +13%

§Selected and purchased property to construct a distribution center for the Minnesota market.Conducted oversight of the construction of the 500,000 square foot, $45 million facility in Faribault which opened October 1, 2007.

§Set high sanitation standards at both the Burlington Divisional Warehouse and Mississippi Bakery resulting in “superior” ratings from outside professional sanitation inspectors.

§Achieved excellent audit results in our accounting practices and the handling of policies and procedures in our Administration department.Audits were conducted by internal auditors, Price Waterhouse Coopers and state auditors.

§Sold the Mississippi Bakery operation and facility in February, 2007 for $4.5 million and negotiated the retention of all 81 employees.

§Coordinated the closure and relocation of the Burlington, IA Division.Sold the facility for $3 million.

Jan 1994 - Apr 1995

Director of Corporate Administration

Aldi Inc.

Reported directly to the Office of the President regarding financial and tax related matters.Responsible for the consolidation of the financial results of all U.S. divisions and provided oversight of the accounting, asset management, executive payroll, retirement plan administration, tax preparation and insurance functions.Supervised the training, development and performance of the corporate office staff.Counseled Divisional Directors of Administration on accounting guidelines and company computer program usage.

Dec 1990 - Dec 1993

Director of Administration

Aldi Inc.

Reported directly to the Hinckley Divisional Vice President regarding financial and tax related matters.Prepared the monthly and year end divisional financial results.Provided oversight of the accounting, asset management, payroll, insurance, accounts payable, and shipping and receiving functions.Performed the recruitment, selection, training, development and evaluation of the divisional office staff.Administered standard operating procedures and installed and controlled all divisional computer hardware and software.


1983 - 1988


University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business