Operations & Merchandising Mentorship Session with Ron Vachris, COO at Costco
4:45 PM EDT
Open Calendar Invite for Zoom Link
Please join YJP & Ron Vachris, Executive Vice President, COO - Merchandising at Costco Wholesale on Tuesday, July 27th for an afternoon session at 4:45pm EST. This interactive workshop will explore lessons in leadership with a Fortune 500 company. We will also discuss how to navigate your career with one of largest retailers. Our digital community will have the opportunity to partake in an intimate and candid discussion with a Q&A session.
We greatly appreciate your interest in attending this session. Please read the attendee guidelines below for more information on how to qualify for this session:
- YJP Sessions are open to professionals with 1-20 years of experience. If you are interested in attending, please apply by clicking the "register" button. A member of our team will review your information and get back to you shortly.
- If you have over 20 years of experience and do not qualify for this session, we will be happy to provide further information on our executive-level membership and involvement opportunities for which you do qualify.
- Non-members of YJP are welcome to join one event to experience our group. After your first event we ask that you apply to become a member if you wish to continue being involved in our community.
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Ron began his career in 1982 with the Price Company in the Phoenix, Arizona market. Ron held several management positions in operations before being promoted to Warehouse Manager in Colorado in 1992.
After 7 years as a Warehouse Manager in both Colorado and Arizona, Ron was promoted to Vice President of Operations in the San Diego Region in 1999. In 2010, Ron moved to Washington where he was promoted to Senior Vice President of the Northwest Region.
August 2015, Ron started in the Real Estate department, working on International and Domestic New Markets and Expansion.
In July 2016, Ron became the Executive Vice President of merchandising for Costco Wholesale Corporation.
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Michael was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Food and Drink category and was also one of thirty distinguished chefs and food experts invited to the National Peanut Council's Millennial Food Summit and the National Peanut Council's Harvest Summit. His company, Global Food Solutions, was also named to the Inc 5000 list for fastest-growing private companies in America.