Who: Evie Chitty, 41, Coral Springs
From: Director of transportation for Walmart's mid-Atlantic region, out of Sutherland, Va. I was responsible for managing all transportation operations for five states out of three facilities, where we managed Walmart drivers and third-party carriers of regional freights and groceries for the five states.
To: Walmart market manager in Broward; oversee store operations for eight stores from Coral Springs to Cooper City with a total of 2,960 associates.
Start date: Relocated back to Florida to begin the new position in January 2013.
About: Walmart, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been in Broward County for 21 years, and today has 24 stores, including Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Clubs, with about 7,000 employees in the county.
Experience: I am a veteran of the U.S. Army, where I served as a military police officer, as a platoon leader in Korea and a SWAT team leader at Fort Lewis, Wash. I joined Walmart 13 years ago as a quality assurance manager in Brooksville, Fla., and moved through the ranks to become an assistant store manager in Tampa, a receiving manager at a grocery distribution center in Winter Haven and became the director of transportation for Walmart's mid-Atlantic region in Sutherland, Va.
Education: Bachelor's degree from West Point (United States Military Academy in New York), an MBA from University of South Florida in Tampa and completed the Global Strategic Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston.
Awards/honors: Mrs. Florida 2006; West Point Society of Florida West Coast Volunteer of the Year 2010, West Point Society of Richmond Selfless Service Award 2013
Why the move: I can apply my skills honed in the Army to lead people under pressure, make decisions in tough situations, plan and organize with the utmost efficiency and inspire people to be part of something greater than themselves — by working in unison to deliver perfectly equipped stores to customers or inspiring each store to donate food and volunteer hours to local non-profit agencies, churches, synagogues and food pantries.
Top goal in your new position: Create and support a positive work environment for our associates, where they can grow and develop into future leaders for the company, while providing access to an outstanding assortment of quality goods for our customers at the lowest prices.
Industry wisdom: When you wake up each morning, you have to have a purpose for your day. When your purpose is to provide access to opportunity, your profession is worthwhile. Access to opportunity means providing customers access to fresh food and basic goods at the lowest prices so their money can go farther. It also means access to opportunity for our associates, as 70 percent of our managers started out as hourly associates — cashiers, cart pushers, stockers — and worked their way into management positions.
On the side: Spending time with my family playing basketball, beach volleyball, soccer, running, bike riding, going to the beach and geocaching.
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