2020/21 Apex Awardee - Amy Mrozinski
Growing up on a farm, Amy Mrozinski always had a passion for agriculture. Starting at a very young age, she would bake chocolate chip cookies every Saturday morning for the people coming to the farm looking for the next ram or ewe to add to their Suffolk flock. This is where her love for food and hospitality was born. Amy was a 10 year 4-H member and Valedictorian of her high school class and earned a full ride scholarship to Purdue. Initially, she was a Food Science major; but during her sophomore year, Amy took Ag Econ 331 and continued to gain experience as a TA for the class. She found her passion for sales and her professional career was changed forever.
After graduating with a degree in Food Industry Marketing and Management, Amy became a Territory Sales Manager for Philip Morris. She enjoyed sales but something was missing – food! To pursue her passion for food and sales, Amy took a role as Assistant Sales Manager at Fairmont Foods of Minnesota with responsibility for a variety of customers such as Schwan’s, Omaha Steaks, and Godfather’s Pizza. But still, something was missing – hospitality! So, Amy expanded her professional experience into the foodservice industry as a Distributor Sales Representative with Martin Brother’s Distributing in Iowa. And again, her professional career was changed forever. This incredible industry combined sales, food and hospitality while providing Amy an opportunity to stay close to agriculture. Amy refined her professional focus to the dairy foodservice industry at Dean Foods as the National Account Manager for the Gordon Food Service account and DFA (Dairy Farmers of America) as Director of National Accounts, managing customers such as Jersey Mike’s Subs and Sysco. Now, Amy is the Director of Sales-West for Grande Cheese Company in Fond Du Lac, WI, where she leads the sales team in growing the independent pizzeria business. She is also a certified pizzaiola through Tony Gemignani’s International School of Pizza.
Amy credits her professional success to her dad, who provided a childhood rooted in the value of agriculture; her mom, who always said yes to time in the kitchen cooking for family and friends; and Dr. Downey and Amy Cochran, who never stopped supporting her passion for sales!