Katie Penny appointed Food City District Manager
Food City has appointed Katie Penny as the District Manager within the company’s Chattanooga operating division. A third-generation grocer, Ms. Penny brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to this key role, officials said.
“Since joining our company in early 2020, Katie has excelled in her leadership abilities and has shown tremendous growth, having completed our management training program and becoming a Store Manager, managing our store. Signal Mountain. She also brings special attention to our restaurant operations, having spent seven years of her career in the hospitality industry, ”said Steven C. Smith, President and CEO of Food City. “Having known Katie her entire life, I know how passionate she is about people, products and her teammates. She will definitely be an asset to our business for many years to come and it’s great to see another member of our family take on a leadership role within the business.
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Penny first joined the Food City team in 2006, working part-time as a fuel pricing assistant while in high school. She returned to the company full-time in 2020, as head of the coordination of human relations. Ms. Penny was the first person to fill this newly created role and has developed this role through her engagement with the company’s team of in-store human relations coordinators. She then completed the Company’s Management Training Program and most recently held the position of Store Manager for Signal Mountain Food City in Chattanooga. Ms. Penny has served on the company’s in-store design committee, is a founding member of Food City’s EMPOWER program, and is also a member of the company’s leadership team. Prior to joining the company, she spent seven years in management in the hospitality industry.
Ms. Penny holds a BBA from James Madison University, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2012. She received her MBA from the University of Miami in 2019 and completed the Development Program. of NGA Cornell executive leadership in 2021. Ms. Penny is currently residing in Chattanooga with her husband, Tres, and their two Great Danes, Levi and Strauss.
In her new role, Ms. Penny will be responsible for overseeing nine stores in the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County. She succeeds Rodney Dillard, who has been promoted to executive vice president of operations for Food City’s Chattanooga division.