Tricia Snider - Columbus State Community College 50th Anniversary

"I like managing people, learning what makes them tick and what motivates them," says Tricia Snider, describing her work for Aldi grocery stores, an international retailer specializing in a limited assortment of private label, high-quality products.

Snider graduated from Columbus State with an Associate of Arts degree in 2001 and enrolled in the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. Her transfer to Ohio State was seamless, and her coursework at Columbus State prepared her to succeed at the big campus on High Street. She gained additional leadership experience as a member of Columbus State's 2000-2001 basketball team.

"Between my college education and the training I received from the company, I had all the tools in place to accept the responsibilities Aldi gave me."

She graduated Ohio State in June 2003 with a business degree and a job offer in hand.

She spent her first two months at Aldi working at an assistant manager in one store, then managed another store for four months. By 2005 she'd worked her way up to district manager, managing five stores in Columbus and Cincinnati. In 2007 she moved to Melbourne, Australia, to work as an area manager as part of an international business program. She came back to the States in 2009 as director of operations, overseeing store operations in the eastern half of Michigan.

"Between my college education and the training I received from the company, I had all the tools in place to accept the responsibilities Aldi gave me," says Snider. "Even as a 22-year-old college graduate, Aldi gave me a lot of responsibility and trusted me to handle it. I really love it, because I'm a people person."

Tricia was featured in one of our commercials a few years ago:

Images: A Year in the Life of Columbus State