Judy Spires is the Chairman and CEO of AG Supermarket (AGSM) Holdings, whose portfolio includes a range of gourmet and contemporary markets operating in the New York and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas under the Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market brands.
Since taking the helm, Spires has led an extensive growth strategy, refreshing its brand and enhancing all of its locations. Spires has also helped the company expand Kings’ footprint and services by launching the brand’s Market Square concept – a combination of chef prepared foods, service artisanal cheese, a flower boutique and a patisserie.
Prior to joining AGSM Holdings, Spires served as President of Acme Markets, President of the Albertsons Dallas/Fort Worth division and President of the Rocky Mountain division.
Well known in the industry and the communities she serves, Spires has received many accolades throughout her career. In 2008, she was named Retailer of the Year by the Mid Atlantic Food Trade Organization and one of the Top 50 Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer magazine. Spires was given the Outstanding Champion Award from the Network of Executive Women and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2009, Spires received the prestigious Paradigm Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the 2010 LaSalle University Leadership Award.
Spires holds a BA and MBA from LaSalle University and is also a graduate of Cornell University’s Food Executive Program. She is the Chair of both the New Jersey Food Council and the Academy of Food Marketing at St Joseph’s University. She is on the executive board of the Food Marketing Institute, and a trustee for LaSalle University. Spires is also a board member of the Cancer Treatment Center of America and a member of the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council.
Spires and her husband Bob are residents of New Jersey and have one son. In her spare time, Judy enjoys yoga, hiking, biking, reading and fueling her HGTV obsession.
In this episode, Judy Spires talks about being empowered to make the decisions you need to make to achieve your destiny.
Listen to the full interview with Judy Spires and Joe Apfelbaum!
A quotable CEO Mojo Moment:
“ You are in charge of that destiny and you don’t have to ask permission from anyone”
- Judy Spires, www.kingsfoodmarkets.com/