A panel of GenNext honorees then took the stage to shed light on their vision for the future and some of the misconceptions they're seeing in the grocery industry as a whole, and about younger-generation employees. Ian Flick, senior manager, fresh demand planning at C&S Wholesale Grocers; Emily Gibbons, VP of data science at Kroger's 84-51 division; and Tenia Wallace, COO at Decorworx, all shared their appetite for the industry.
The event closed with Paaras Parker, director, human resources at Kroger. Parker illustrated many of the ways that Kroger's passion for employees and passion for customers drive the company. The nucleus of Kroger is still family and the brick-and-mortar store, even as innovation abounds.
Coca-Cola Corporate Headquarters offered the perfect backdrop for the event, where GenNext honorees and their families, friends and colleagues could get into the holiday spirit and tour a massive operation with nearly 6,000 employees at this location alone.