As a college senior, Amy Garcia had no idea that a speech she’d deliver at her honors fraternity induction ceremony would open the door to a brand new career path.
In the audience that day was a former Dot Foods vice president of sales. Impressed by Amy’s professionalism and enthusiasm, he introduced himself and explained why Amy would be a perfect fit for the Dot Foods team.
“I initially wanted to design women’s golf apparel for Nike, but he said he could give me a job right away and I wouldn’t have to move to Oregon,” Amy said. “And the rest is history.”
The Breese, Illinois native joined the Dot team right out of college as an associate district sales manager. Eventually she’d become a DSM for Texas and Oklahoma before moving into a role as CRM manager in 2013.
In 2018, after a few years outside of Dot, Amy stepped into the CRM product owner position where she has served happily ever since. As a CRM product owner, Amy is responsible for spearheading the development of features for Dot’s customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing cloud products.
She works closely with members of Dot’s IT team while managing three analysts on her own team. Together, the team operates on three-week sprints to roll out new features for her team’s stakeholders.
“I’m the happiest person in the world when we launch a new feature and our stakeholders love it. Roughly every month we’re pushing new things out,” she said. “The industry is always changing, so our stakeholders are always requesting new features and it’s up to us to try to figure out how to get our CRM to do what they need it to.”
Though the managerial aspects of her position are relatively new, Amy has welcomed the opportunity with open arms.
“Coaching, developing, and helping people grow is something I’m really passionate about,” she said. “I want to help people succeed both personally and professionally.”
Certainly no stranger to Dot’s Mt. Sterling and St. Louis facilities, Amy works primarily from her Glen Carbon home she shares with her partner, their twin boys, and cat. In her free time, Amy loves cooking and being active outdoors. She and her family enjoy traveling and trying out new family fun adventures.
“We call these our ‘making memories’ moments,” she said.
Amy is an advocate for inclusion at Dot and proudly serves on several employee resource groups including All of Us and Kaleidoscope.
“What we try to do with our company culture and being One Dot, I really believe in that,” she said. “We are progressing and I believe we’ll continue to progress down that path. I wholeheartedly believe that Dot Foods will achieve the things we want to achieve in terms of inclusion and diversity.”