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Paula Correy, VP, western region, for West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee, Inc., has joined the board of trustees of the Food Institute. The native Iowan and longtime retailer has been with Hy-Vee since 1999, prior to that which time she managed department stores in the Midwest.
Correy will join 12 other trustees as a board member of the Elmwood Park, N.J.-based organization, including Bill Bishop of Willard Bishop, Frank DiPasquale of the National Grocers Association, Mark Allen of the International Foodservice Distributors Association and Michael Sansolo of Sansolo Solutions, LLC. Joseph Crocker of Crocker & Associates is current chairman, with Donna George of Schar USA, Inc. serving as incoming chair and Dean Erstad from Seneca Foods as treasurer. Other trustees include Pat Mulhern of Monarch Foods, Win Taylor, Peter Lavoy, and Nancy Glick of MS&L Worldwide.
“Paula will bring a wealth of needed grocery retailing experience to our board,” said Brian Todd, Food Institute president. “We traditionally have at least one retail trustee, and now we have several. That’s important due to all the activity now taking place at the retail level in the food industry. Paula, coming from one of the most progressive supermarket operators in the country, will provide us the high-quality retail input we really need to shape our informational and analytical products and services for the 21st century.”
Correy began her career with Hy-Vee as a manager of store operations in a unit in Urbandale, Iowa. She subsequently became store director for the Hy-Vee supermarket in Mankato, Minn. In 2002, she was promoted to director of operations, followed by being named assistant VP of Hy-Vee’s Cherokee division. Her next post was that of VP of perishables, followed by VP marketing. She assumed her present position in 2008.
A member of Hy-Vee’s Hall of Fame and previously honored as Department Director of the Year, Correy currently serves on several committees, including those for information technology, general merchandise, pharmacy and perishables. She has also been on the boards of Midwest Heritage Bank and FDI, and is currently a board member of D&D Foods. She lives in the Des Moines area with here husband and three children.