Upshop is thrilled that The Shelby Report of the Southeast’s 17th annual tribute to Women of Influence in the Food Industry features two of our very own: Carrie Quigley (SVP, Professional Services) and Sarah Montgomery (Director of Strategic Accounts).
From the intro to this special edition: “The Shelby Report of the Southeast presents its 17th annual tribute to Women of Influence in the food industry. This year’s slate of honorees – 54 strong – runs the gamut from presidents and VPs to managers, directors and supervisors.”
We are incredibly grateful to have two such exceptional women on our leadership team at Upshop. Dedication to clients, steadfast industry knowledge, and keen focus on people and innovation are just highlights of the impact these women have had—and will continue to have—on Upshop’s and the grocery industry.
We offer hearty congratulations to both Carrie and Sarah for receiving such well-deserved acclaim! See below to read blurbs for each honoree extracted from The 17th Annual Tribute to Women of Influence in the Food Industry, the Shelby-Griffin Report.
SVP, Professional Services
Years with the company: Eight months
Carrie Quigley leads project management, customer support and implementation for the food technology company that has products in more than 20,000 locations globally.
“The most rewarding part of my role at Upshop is implementing food solutions that will provide essential goods and services during such a critical time in a more efficient and effective way,” she said. “If we’ve learned anything during these last two years, it’s that grocery stores are at the heart of our communities. This is why I am honored to help our customers deliver these essential products in a timely manner, so our communities can get through the unprecedented times together.”
Quigley brings to Upshop more than 25 years of retail technology experience, as she served in various leadership roles at Fortune 400 company SpartanNash. Starting her career as a software engineer and working her way up the ranks, Quigley encourages young professionals to “give every opportunity that comes your way a shot. From working in the world of IT from a very technical aspect to taking on leadership roles that are solely focused on strategy, I would not be where I am today if I did not take every chance to learn something new. I highly encourage those entering the workforce to try something new – eventually, you’ll find where your true passion lies, and you’ll have more nuggets of wisdom than you could have ever imagined.”
Director of Strategic Accounts
Years with the company: 3.5
I have the privilege of managing the account executive team at Upshop. My team is accountable for solving client’s fresh food operation challenges through technology and building lasting relationships that help grow their business.
It is incredibly rewarding to uncover an operational challenge our technology can solve and consult clients on best practices. I work with many inspiring individuals that encourage me and make my days extremely rewarding as well!
My biggest challenge is time. There never seems to be enough of it. My dad has been an unwavering professional mentor to me throughout the years. I inherited my work ethic from him. He has encouraged me to challenge the size of my dreams, value the talents I bring to the table and work for people who truly admire and appreciate me.
A defining moment for me professionally was applying for my dream job at an early age and being turned down. I was devastated. I hustled, stayed the course and reapplied over a year later and landed the job. Don’t give up because it’s hard – keep pushing. Your break-through will come.
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