Alumni Spotlight: Tory Ahmann

2013, B.S. Applied Economics: Food Retailing

Advisor: Frances Homan 

Current organization/employer: National Co+op Grocers

Favorite memory of campus: My favoirte memory of campus is on a hot day getting ice cream from the St. Paul Student Center and relaxing on the grass. 

Why did you choose CFANS as a college? I chose CFANS first because I wanted to major in Food Science, but I stayed in CFANS for the Applied Economics program. CFANS allows for a small community on such a large campus, which allowed me to be successful. 

Why do you think the University of Minnesota is great?  The University of Minnesota is great because of the multiple opportunites. During my four years, I got to study abroad in London, compete in a National Grocers Association Case Study Competition, and take a class in Circus Performance. 

Career information/professional achievements: I am currently working at the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) as a Category Management Programs Coordinator. NCG is a virtual chain for all of the food cooperatives across the nation. My work ensures that all of the food cooperative promotions run smoothly. Also, I just accepted an offer for a new position as a Business Planning Associate at General Mills.

What's your passion? What do you love about your work and your field? I absolutely have a passion for food. Working at NCG I have been able to gain so much knowledge about the Natural and Organic food industry. This industry is growing so fast and as part of my work I manage the New Item Program at NCG. This has giving me the opportunity to see the trends in the food industry and create relationships with new vendors.

How did your education at the U of M help prepare you for what you are doing today? My education allowed me to see multiple sides of the food industry. I was able to take classes in food sales, applied microeconomics in consumer products, and food marketing economics. Each of these classes has helped me bring a different perspective to NCG. 

What advice do you have for current students (and future alumni)? My advice to the current students is work with Career & Internship Services. This will ensure that your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills will be ready to go before graduation. Also, complete as many internships as possible. The more job experience you have the better!