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GETTING SOCIAL

Q A with
Julie Woods
Director of Product Development
for Private Brands, Sam's Club

How did you come to the world of
private brands?
Initially it was by accident. I started
developing products for private brands
at a consumer packaged goods company
before private brands were popular. Many
years later, the opportunity to work in
private brands at Sam's Club came up, and
I jumped at the chance to join the team.
Describe the private brands
industry in one word.
Dynamic, exciting, fun ...
you said three words, correct?
What do you like most
about the industry?
I love that you get to
develop great-tasting, highquality items at an incredible value that are accessible
to all consumers.

If a Joan Jett song comes
on the car radio, Julie
Woods will blast it for all
to hear.

What one great thing
does the industry have
going for it?
Opportunities galore! If you
want to do something in the food industry, there is no limit to what you can
do. From product development to packaging to sustainability to merchandising
to ... everyone can find something that
inspires them.
What trait in yourself do you
attribute most to your success?
Curiosity in how I approach everything.
What is the biggest obstacle you
have ever overcome?
Myself. I try not to get in my own way. I
try to keep evolving with the industry, stay
open to change and open to new challenges and opportunities. There is never a dull
moment, so that keeps things exciting.

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What's the best advice someone
ever gave you?
I have received a lot of great advice over
the years, but one example that sticks
with me is a co-worker who was always
very approachable. It didn't matter what
he was doing or how busy he was, he
acted like you were the most important
thing right at that moment and gave
you complete attention. I try to emulate
that behavior on a daily basis.
It's 5 o'clock (or later), what do
you do for fun?
I am an avid mountain biker and I love
to rock climb. Just teasing ... I like to
wear sweatpants, watch Netflix and drink
margaritas!
You have a week off. Where do
you go and why?
That is a difficult question because there
are so many options. I would probably
head straight for a state or national park
for some hiking and to take pictures. I
love nature photography, and that is one
of the things I have loved about living in
Arkansas since joining Sam's Club.
If you were born 100 years ago,
what would you do for a living?
Technically my children believe I was
born 100 years ago so this is not a difficult question. I'd be a food scientist. I
would definitely be involved in creating
food to share with family and friends.
What song do you love to crank
up in the car?
Depends on the day and mood, but I
love Jon Bon Jovi ("Bad Medicine"), who
is my imaginary boyfriend, and any song
by Justin Timberlake or Prince. And if
I'm feeling particularly badass ... Joan
Jett (I realize these answers age me).


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