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Publix VP Of Real Estate Strategy To Retire; New VP Announced

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Lakeland, Florida-based Publix Super Markets has announced the retirement of Bob Balcerak, VP of real estate strategy, effective March 31.

Balcerak began his Publix career in 1993 as a meat cutter in Orlando, Florida. After working in various positions within the meat department, in 1996 he was promoted to meat manager and in 1999 to assistant store manager. In 2000, he was named real estate manager. In 2011, he was selected as director of real estate strategy and in 2017 was promoted to his current role.

“We are grateful for Bob’s leadership in new store growth, new market and site acquisition strategies,” said Kevin Murphy, Publix president. “He has perpetuated our Publix culture of promotion from within and preparing for opportunity each time his team has secured a new store site. He’s been our brand ambassador as we have charted our way into new communities, passing on the Publix spirit, and developing his team to further our company’s real estate development strategy. We are grateful for his years of dedicated service.”

Balcerak and his wife, Karen, will remain in central Florida, and are looking forward to spending time with family, including their first grandchild.

With Balcerak’s retirement, Publix has also announced Bridgid O’Connor will be promoted to succeed him.

O’Connor began her Publix career in 1998 as a part-time cashier in Dunedin, Florida. After working in customer service roles at various store locations, she transferred into the company’s real estate department as administrative support in 2005. Within nine months, she was promoted to property specialist. From 2007 to 2009, O’Connor worked as a real estate specialist and was promoted to real estate manager in 2011. She was named director of real estate strategy, her current role, in 2017.

“For the past 18 years, Bridgid has pursued her passion of strategic planning and real estate development by honing her skills and achieving her goal to learn every aspect of the business,” Murphy said. “Her ability to be a strong, strategic leader — along with her commitment to developing her team — has allowed her to excel. We are excited to see the contributions she’ll continue to make in her new role.”

Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. with more than 230,000 associates, currently operates 1,296 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. For 24 consecutive years, the company has been recognized by Fortune as a great place to work.

For more information, visit corporate.publix.com.

Club Publix was recently named on America’s Best Loyalty Programs List by Newsweek. To read the full story from The Shelby Report, click here.

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