I am so happy to be in sunny Modesto, California continuing my work in dairy and sustainability as the new Corporate Sustainability Manager for Crystal Creamery. I’ve had such an amazing journey getting to be in this position to focus on sustainability for California’s largest privately owned dairy processor.
I studied Marketing at Florida Gulf Coast University. After graduating I went back to my hometown of Wooster, Ohio and worked at Hartzler Dairy for four years in marketing. Later, I pursued my MBA at the University of Cincinnati where I lead a student group called Net Impact focusing on the triple bottom line. During graduate school, I was awarded MBA Student of the Year and recognized as a Paxton Scholar completing a study abroad trip to Chile to further my food supply chain experience. After graduating, I accepted an internship with The Kroger Company funded by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. It was through this internship that I really became exposed to the issues in sustainability and our food chain. We will have to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050 and as of now one in seven people do not know where their next meal will come from while one-third of our food supply is being wasted! These statistics are ones that keep me motivated about being in this career field. Sustainability is a field that is emerging into something which appeared optional, and now at least I believe, is something that makes good business sense and is becoming sought after by consumers.
Sustainability to me is not some tree-hugging-hippie fad; it is about putting your business in the black and allowing it to be that way for generations to come.