2023 Star Women in Grocery Award Winner Julie Santary (Q&A)

Store-Level Star
Kristin Laird
Julie Santary
Julie Santary

Julie Santary

Director, Restaurant Operations
Farm Boy

How did you get your start in the grocery/CPG business?

I was in school for nutrition and I needed a part-time job. That job, 20 years ago, became my passion and has turned into a wonderful career, one for which I consider myself truly blessed to have.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

Developing talent so we can continue to grow as a company and deliver what I consider to be a best-in-class experience to people in Ontario; that is the mission, that is the objective, and most days, that is the win for me.

What keeps you motivated at work?

People. I love our people and I love taking care of customers. Introducing restaurant-quality food to people in a grocery store seems counterintuitive, but that is what my team and I get to do every day.

What do you like most about your job?

Spending time with a team that is focused on customer service, quality product and being a part of what’s next in innovation delivery.

What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

Work hard, lead by example and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but make sure you own and learn from those mistakes. And, always be truthful. When trust is gone, nothing can replace it.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I love food. I show my love to those around me with food, so on weekends I like spending the day shopping for and preparing feasts for my partner, my friends and my family.

Click here for the full list of 2023 Star Women in Grocery award winners.

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