Priscilla Perry, Associated Food Equipment & Supplies,
Priscilla has been in the foodservice industry for eleven years, which she will tell you seems like her entire life. After graduation, she started a job in healthcare, but remained working at a local steak house part time. “My heart was truly with the staff and customers at the restaurant, and I eventually left my healthcare job to manage the restaurant full time,” says Perry.
After years of late nights and early mornings, she decided to pursue an opportunity with a better work schedule, new opportunities and new experiences. She was offered a position with Associated and never looked back! “I have been with Associated for almost three years and I’m loving every minute of it!” says Perry.”
Priscilla is currently an account manager at Associated, handling both equipment and smallwares. “I also work with our local school systems, which is one of my favorite parts of the position. It is such a great feeling to watch students’ faces light up when they walk into a renovated cafeteria,” says Perry.
When you’re sincerely motivated by the value you bring to your customers, your rewards are both personal and professional.
“Another favorite part of my job is being able to help customers take their visions on a piece of paper to reality. It is rewarding to be part of that process. I am currently working on a project for the third coastal location of Taco Sombrero, which is where I had my very first job in high school. It’s really humbling to come full circle and see the success of a local business,” says Perry.
Priscilla is currently a successful Level 2 SEFAPro and climbing. “SEFA training has been monumental to my success in the foodservice industry. The information received at National Sales Conferences and SEFA Academies have been invaluable to me in this ever-changing industry. I look forward to continuing my professional development through all of the opportunities offered by SEFA,” says Perry.
We asked Priscilla who inspires her to be so successful in her career. Here’s what she had to say, “I would not be where I am today without the constant support of our management team, especially my direct manager, Gretchen Chiasson, who has believed in me from the beginning.”
The opportunity to meet and network with the top suppliers in the industry and participate in hands-on product training with them is so beneficial. Their commitment and expertise does not go unnoticed.
Priscilla is a lifelong resident of Gulfport, Mississippi. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Coast Young Professionals, an organization committed to developing leaders on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “When I am not volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my family especially watching my nephews play any sport. I am an avid Saints fan and love attending live sporting events,” says Perry.
SEFA is proud to recognize Priscilla Perry as Featured SEFAPro. Priscilla is dedicated to staying on top of industry trends and learning about new equipment and supply solutions for her customers. She builds relationships based on integrity, honesty, and trust. Congratulations, Priscilla!