Publix Super Markets recently announced a transition amongst its executive leadership. Bob Balcerak has announced his retirement from the company, and Bridgid O’Connor has been appointed to succeed as the Vice President of Real Estate Strategy.
With a career spanning nearly 24 years, O’Connor began her time at Publix in 1998, starting as a part-time cashier in Dunedin, Florida. After working in customer service roles across various locations, she transferred to the retailer’s real estate department as administrative support in 2005. Within nine months, she was promoted to Property Specialist, and then in 2011, was again promoted to Real Estate Manager.
Currently, O’Connor holds the position of Director of Real Estate Strategy, a role she entered in 2017.
“For the past 18 years, Bridgid has pursued her passion of strategic planning and real estate development by honing her skills and achieving her goal to learn every aspect of the business,” said President Kevin Murphy. “Her ability to be a strong, strategic leader—along with her commitment to developing her team—has allowed her to excel. We are excited to see the contributions she’ll continue to make in her new role.”
O’Connor will be succeeding Balcerak as the new Vice President of Real Estate Strategy, who plans to officially depart on March 31, 2022, after 29 years with the company.
Balcerak began his career with Publix in 1993 as a meat cutter. Working his way through the meat department, he was promoted to Meat Manager in 1996 and Assistant Store Manager in 1999. In 2000, Balcerak was appointed Real Estate Manager, and in 2011 was selected as Director of Real Estate Strategy. Balcerak was then promoted to his current role of Vice President of Real Estate Strategy in 2017.
“We are grateful for Bob’s leadership in new store growth, new market, and site acquisition strategies,” continued Murphy. “He has perpetuated our Publix culture of promotion from within and preparing for opportunity each time his team has secured a new store site. He’s been our brand ambassador as we have charted our way into new communities, passing on the Publix spirit, and developing his team to further our company’s real estate development strategy. We are grateful for his years of dedicated service.”
Cheers to Bob Balcerak and Bridgid O’Connor as they start their next chapters!