Suzanne Wade, president of the San Antonio Food/Drug Division of H-E-B, will present the keynote address during The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business Frost Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13 in the Richard S. Liu Auditorium in the Business Building on the UTSA 1604 Campus. The event is sponsored by the College of Business and is free and open to the public.
Wade is responsible for the sales, profitability and welfare of 201 H-E-B stores in Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Waco, the Rio Grande Valley and the Southwest Border. She manages more than 40,000 employees and oversees sales revenues of approximately $9.5 billion annually.
Joining H-E-B in 1997, she was recently recognized as one of the top 62 women in the supermarket industry by Progressive Grocer. Prior to working at H-E-B, Wade worked for the Wal-Mart corporation in Bentonville, Arkansas for 10 years and for TG&Y Stores in Oklahoma City.
Active in the local community Wade serves on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Coordinating Council for United Way Initiatives and chairs the H-E-B United Way Fund Raising Drive. She also is a board member of the Family Justice Center Foundation in Bexar County, the Go Red/Women’s Heart Health Circle of Red, the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio Foundation and an Executive Board Member of the UTSA College of Business Advisory Council.
She holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s of business administration from Oklahoma State University.
For more than 100 years, H-E-B has been an innovative retailer. Known for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at every day low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 60,000 partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities throughout Texas and Mexico.
The Frost Distinguished Lecture Series brings prominent business and community leaders to UTSA to share their knowledge and experiences with students and others in the university and business community. The lecture series, which began in 1988, presents a forum for business leaders and academics to share their experiences in business so that students can broaden their understanding of the business world and the individuals who lead it.
UTSA’s College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with more than 6,000 enrolled students and 37 different graduate and undergraduate business programs. The college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing â€œKnowledge for a New World.â€ For more information, call (210) 458-4313.
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