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MEET DAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF DISTRIBUTION AT GIANT EAGLE
This week’s #TeamMemberTuesday is featuring Dan, Vice President of Distribution. He joined our Warehouse and Transportation team in March 2019 and has already proven what an asset he is to the Company. Dan also spent about 14 years between active duty and the reserves as an Army Officer. We’re proud to have him in the Giant Eagle family and we thank him for his service! Learn more about Dan here.
How did you come to work for Giant Eagle?
I am proud to say that I joined the Giant Eagle team in March of 2019. I was drawn in by the incredible people that I met during the interview process. Giant Eagle is only the third place I have worked in my career. I learned many years ago that culture is critically important. I can work anywhere but my goal has been to work at a company with a great culture. It was clear from the onset that Giant Eagle cares about people. I saw it in the Company’s values, experienced it in the stores, and felt it through everyone that I have met along the way.
Why have you chosen to stay with Giant Eagle?
Wow …. that’s a tough one since there are so many reasons! As I mentioned earlier, the people are the number one reason. Everyone is genuine and true to who they are. It makes you feel like you are part of an extended family. Second, there are a lot of exciting changes going on within the Company to support a new era of retail. While change can be tough and requires a lot of grit, it also comes with a lot of satisfaction. I believe that our Company is postured to meet the challenges head on and set the pace in designing the way our guest shop and interact with us in the future.
Is there a moment that sticks out to you that you knew you’d made the right decision to work here?
I think anytime you start a new role you are a bit nervous. Often having thoughts such as, “Will I succeed, “Will I make great connections”, and “Can I make a difference?”
That is just natural. I wouldn’t say there was one moment but a collection of several little moments. Some of those include great communication and support during my transition from my recruiter, patience from my peers who have taught me about our business, leaders across the organization taking time out of their busy schedules to get to know me, or to just call and check in. The warm welcome from my team was awesome! It is a series of micro moments that assured me I am at the right place.
As a member of the Veterans Business Resource Group, can you discuss the overall mission of the VetBRG? How the group works to improve the workplace?
Unfortunately, with my transition and short tenure, I have not yet had the opportunity to attend any of the events with the VBRG. That said, I have observed their actions from a distance, and it is clear the group has a focus on continuing to serve the communities, current military members, and their family, and in general make the Company a great place to work. One thing I really appreciated was how quickly the leader of this organization reached out to me after joining the team to make me feel welcome. It is always great to have others around you that have followed a similar path.
Can you share a little about your military career and experience? How do you think your military experience has influenced your career as a civilian?
I spent about 14 years between active duty and the reserves as an Army Officer. I had the opportunity to spend time all over the world, including Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. I learned many things throughout those years, but the most important thing was the importance of people. I learned how important it was as a leader to truly be connected to your team. Genuine connections build teamwork, trust, and compassion. In my time spent abroad, I also learned about many different cultures. While we all have different views together, we are stronger and as such we should respect the differences among people and embrace them. I feel that these experiences have created the foundation of who I am today as a leader. Specifically, people are the key to the best process, which equals the best results, and diversity makes a team stronger.
What work are you most proud of?
I think the thing that brings me joy is supporting others in succeeding. I have fully embraced the concepts of continuous improvement and development of others. I enjoy sharing these things with others while supporting them in their journey. I can’t be prouder than when I see someone, I am supporting achieve success in the work or personal development.