Liz Volk, Vice President of Human Resources at Longo Brothers Fruit Markets, believes that an organization’s results are achieved primarily through the effort of its people. A CHRE, Liz has acquired 25 years of experience working in fast paced, multi-unit retail environments including Wendy’s Restaurants and Winners since graduating from the University of Western with an Honors Degree.
Longo’s was started by Tommy, Joe and Gus Longo in 1956. Longo’s currently has 29 stores including 5 urban format stores, “The Market by Longo’s”, operates Canada’s largest on-line grocer, Grocery Gateway and employs over 5,000 team members. Longo’s is a family owned and operated grocery retail business committed to creating meaningful and long-lasting relationships with customers based on trust, loyalty and the appreciation of great food.
Liz joined the Longo’s team in 2006 with a mandate to develop sustainable strategies that focus on increasing employee engagement by developing and implementing a long term people strategy aligned to the company’s strategic plan. It was a recent yearlong assignment in Operations however, that was Liz’s opportunity to fully understand and experience the business at a more grassroots level.
The past 10 years of explosive growth, has been an exciting journey requiring innovation in areas such as total rewards, talent development and the unveiling of the organization’s “blue print”.