Celebrating Team Tropical: Stefanie

October 25, 2018

Stefanie Toler, Territory Manager

In our Celebrating Team Tropical series, we commemorate our employees’ work anniversaries by getting to know them and their role at Tropical Foods better. Meet Stefanie who is a Territory Manager out of our Atlanta office. She celebrates 5 YEARS with the company this week!

Tell us about your role at Tropical:

I have been the Territory Manager for the lower 2/3 of Alabama and Northwest Florida for 5 years.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Hands down it’s the customer relationships! I have made many friends in the industry and have learned more from them than any text book could teach.

What project/success are you most proud of here?

The win of bringing on a big casino customer when I was told it would never happen.

What’s your favorite memory from working here?

My favorite memory is my first solo customer visit. It was at a hospital in Pensacola and the chef there welcomed me with kindness! Today he is still one of my best customers because of his welcoming and cheerful personality and of course Tropical is one of his favorite companies to work with. Every day I am able to help our customers get snacks, nuts, fruits, and candies they need quickly. Being of help and service to them brings me joy.

What is on your wish list for your next five years here?

To expand my customer base to distributors and grocers as well as to serve existing customers with products which will help them be more successful.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I’d be a travel writer.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Mother Teresa.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you:

I’m a mother of 4 children ages 19-27. The youngest just entered a convent called Marian Sisters in Lincoln, NE.

And when I was born, I was named Michelle until my mother learned four other baby girls in the nursery were also given the same name. Then, my father named me after himself and spelled my name with a “f” to make it easier for me, ha!

If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?

Cameron Diaz is who I’m often told I look like. I’m not well versed on movies so I’m not sure if we share a similar personality too.

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