Rob Allen - Rocky Mountain Prepared Foods Associate Coordinator

Boulder, CO

Rob Allen

What does your job title mean?

Our team helps set the culinary and fiscal direction for Prepared Foods within the Rocky Mountain Region. My position allows for awesome relationship building with Team Leaders, Associate Team Leaders, Specialists and Team Members. Specifically, we accomplish and implement great programs, mentor future leaders and establish the communication bridge for strategy and growth.

What has been your career path at Whole Foods Market?

I joined Whole Foods Market as a Prepared Foods Team Leader in May 2010 at Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, CO. I truly enjoyed the challenges and successes of being a Prepared Foods Team Leader, but my intention was always to apply for a regional position. My previous Associate Coordinator, Steve Carey, encouraged and supported my development on multiple levels throughout my first year. I’m eternally grateful for his example and leadership, as with so many Team Members I’ve had the pleasure of working with the past four years.

A Day in the Life

No two days are the same, especially during store openings! When not traveling for store support, we do strategic planning & program development, fiscal projection and analysis, and Team Leader, Associate Team Leader, and Specialist development and guidance.

A Recent, Memorable Day

We just opened a new store in Frisco on April 29th. Openings are typically hectic and full of “spontaneous opportunities”, if you will! However, I was so impressed with our new Team Member’s collective spirit, execution and calm under pressure. Our new Team Leader, Joseph Stover, was a phenomenal partner and truly epitomized professionalism and leadership. It was, and is, a pleasure and joy to be in their company.

What gets you up in the morning?

Primary motivation comes from my family, specifically my 3 boys and the way they influence & impact me as their father. They are my daily joy and inspiration. Secondarily, I love what I do, with whom I work and how blessed I feel to be a part of this company.

What do you like most about working at Whole Foods Market, and what advice do you have for people considering joining the team?

I like working for a company that truly cares and empowers its Team Members. The level of engagement expected for all Team Members makes for a positive, competitive work environment that allows for personal & professional growth. It is a privilege to work for a company that talks the talk and walks the walk. My advice would be to bring a positive, can do attitude every day.

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