President, San Antonio Food/Drug Division, H-E-B
Leadership in Business
I am responsible for 208 stores across several geographic areas including the Greater San Antonio City area, Central and North Texas, the Rio Grande Valley, Southwest Texas and the Gulf Coast.
What can you tell us about your Girl Scout experience?
Through Brownies and Girl Scouts I met some of my closest lifelong friends and we still keep in touch to this day. Girl Scouting was the first “after-school activity” I participated in. I grew up in a small town and our troop was very close, we did lots of arts and crafts. The biggest event was camping out. We had so much fun.
How did being a Girl Scout prepare you to be the leader you are today?
Girl Scouts taught me about courage, confidence and character. I learned to work with a team and gained communication skills that helped me grow into the leadership role I hold today. I learned that I loved to sell and I was good at it. Girl Scouts allowed me to develop into a very goal-oriented woman.
Are there any lessons you learned in Girl Scouts that you still live by?
Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the others gold!
Do you have a special story/memory of being a Girl Scout?
As an older Girl Scout, I volunteered with a friend to help a local Brownie Troop – we felt real smart until we burned all the hamburgers, but our Brownies didn’t care because we made perfect S'mores!
With the 100th Girl Scout Anniversary upon us, what would you tell a young girl today about the value of being a Girl Scout?
Girl Scouts is even more important today since young women have so many opportunities in front of them. Being active in Girl Scouts will give a young woman leadership experience that will be invaluable in her education, her career and life long happiness.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
I like them all but Thin Mints have a special place in my heart.