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The Staff at Village Market
Peter Keating, Owner/PresidentPeter started working in the Meat Department in 1975. At the age of 18, his chief duties were unloading the meat trucks and grinding the hamburger. He worked his way up to General Manager in 1983, and in 1989 purchased the store from the founding Piersall family. Since taking over, Peter has maintained the Piersall's commitment to quality, service, the staff, and the community. Peter has two grown children and enjoys traveling, especially to visit his family who are scattered across the U.S. and Canada. Peter was born in Ontario, Canada and moved to Wilton in 1968. (WHS Class of '74).
Nancy Dolnier, VP/GMAfter more than 35 years at the Village Market, Nancy Dolnier, our VP and General Manager calls the Village Market home. "I've been here more than half my life!" That is not to imply that she doesn't get to travel, go to the beach, shop, and watch football. Nancy is the store expert on everything: how much to order (how many servings per person, say), when to order, what to serve at your next party, how much soda the Booster Clubs needs, etc. Just stop by the office and feel free to ask. Nancy and her husband Karl enjoy gardening. They have two grown sons and 3 grandchildren.
Bob Lengyel, Financial SupervisorBob has been with us for over 25 years and brought with him years of experience in both retailing and wholesaling. He manages our product mix and our profitability. He's still happy to handle requests for a new item, pet food by the case, or perhaps a particular Ben & Jerry's flavor. Bob and his wife Mary Ellen have 3 children. His hobbies: "the outdoors and pro-sports."
Brian Cowic, Assistant GMBrian Cowic, our Assistant General Manager has been in retail for over 30 years. You'll see him rearranging displays, putting up signs, moving sales racks, etc. His duties stress marketing and customer service, but he helps out around the store in many ways. If you cannot find a particular item, if you want to special order something or if you have any questions at all, Brian is a good man to ask! He is another resident sports fan here - in his case he pulls for the N.Y. Rangers and the Yankees. You'll also find Brian in the garden at home. He and his wife Debbie have two daughters.
Carmen Hostos, Front End ManagerCarmen Hostos is our Front End Manager (she is the one to see if you are looking for a cashier job); Carmen schedules and trains everyone up front, from our veteran cashiers and baggers to the host of teenagers who come and go through the years. Carmen came to the market in 1987, following in her father's footsteps (Gil Garcia was here over 20 years). Carmen has 3 boys and a granddaughter, and all enjoy listening to Spanish music.
Dionne Pia, Floral DesignerDionne has loved working with flowers from the very beginning. Her studies took her to both Rhode Island School of Design and the New York Botanical Garden. Her talents don't end with her great floral designs, she is also an accomplished painter and loves wildlife, and nature. We've been lucky to have her with us since 2006, peeking out through the beautiful foliage that greats you as you enter the store.
Edwin Vega, Meat ManagerEdwin Vega began working for us in the early 90s as a stock clerk, but switched to meat department after a short time to learn that craft. And learn it he did. Ed became a very skilled meat cutter and, for a while, took a job closer to his home. We missed him. Ed returned to us as our Meat Manager in the late '90s and over-saw the expansion of that department. Ed left us again in 2003, but once again we were able to convince him to return as our Manager. We expect Ed will stay this time! Ed's brother, Lou has been with us in the Dairy/Grocery department for over 20 years and Ed's son, Emannuel also works with his dad in the meat department.
Esther Maldonado, Cash ManagerEsther Maldonado is our Cash Manager. She can also field any question concerning the store, especially in Nancy or Carmen's absence. Esther keeps track of all our ATM, credit card, cash or check transactions. Feel free to call her with your questions about your receipt, or setting up a new deposit account. She lives in Norwalk and has two daughters and a young grandson.
Katherine (Daught) Jacob, Floral SupervisorDaught was instrumental in upgrading our floral department. These days she doesn't spend a lot of time in the store as she is also the owner and operator of her own floral design business, Botanica, in Westport. But we continue to benefit from Daught's advice, her knowledge and her frequent trips to New York's flower market where she purchases so many of our beautiful flowers for our designers to work with!
Loretta Daka, Floral DesignerLoretta, who is from Croatia, has also always enjoyed learning - whether it was a 2nd (and 3rd) language, the classes in which she still enrolls or the flower business. As a single mom with two kids, Loretta works hard and enjoys meeting challenges. In particular, Loretta loves the design aspect of her job, but generally she really enjoys just making customers smile - and what better way than with flowers!
Maria Granata, Accounts PayableMaria has been with us for 13 years. She started working in Prepared Foods and is now our Accounts Payable Manager. Maria and her husband Mike have two sons and a daughter. She loves to bake, crochet and enjoys doing crossword puzzles.
Mike Picheco, Grocery/Frozen/Dairy ManagerMike lives in Monroe. He graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Economics. He joined us as a part-time employee in 1998 and went full-time in 2003. He became our Grocery Manager in 2007. He loves to watch sports and is a big Yankees and NY Giants fan. He also actively plays sports, especially golf. He enjoys vacationing and is a big fan of cruises.
Patti Monroe, Bakery ManagerPatti, our Bakery Manager has been with us for over 12 years. Before most of us have had our first cup of coffee in the morning Patti has been busy for hours baking cookies, muffins, breads and our famous Raisin Scones. Patti is a Wilton resident and has one grown son and two grandchildren. She is an avid reader and enjoys walking in the woods with her Jack Russell Terrier "Sammy".
Sue Zinicola, Deli ProductionSue has been with us for over 25 years. She heads up our deli production staff and is responsible for so many of our most renowned offerings including our Potato Salads and our Chicken Pot Pies. But she does so much more as she and the staff produce an astonishing array of items every day in our kitchen. Sue and her husband, John, live in Stamford. Her daughter Nisia still comes back to help out up front on occasion. She is the proud grandmother of two darling girls!
Sylvain Blanchard, SeafoodSylvain, like his accent, comes from New Brunswick, Canada where he spent over 20 years in the fish business - all aspects of it. Sylvain has been out on the boats, on the docks and has managed large processing operations. He really knows fresh seafood! Sylvain moved to Connecticut where he managed a well-known fish market in Fairfield, and we were delighted when he agreed to join us in 2005. You'll be delighted with Sylvain's knowledge, his advice, and his wonderful recipes for really exceptional seafood dishes!
Terry Meehan, Produce ManagerAfter over 30 years at the Market, Terry Meehan is as enthused about "his" Produce Department as he is about gardening and landscaping. Feel free to ask him anything about our fruit/gift baskets, the quality of the current supply of artichokes, or our store-made soups. Terry and his wife Marty have two children and when he's not working here or at home, Terry enjoys the woods of New Hampshire.
Tim Dolnier, Deli ManagerTim Dolnier, our new Deli Manager, is no stranger to our store. He practically grew up here! As Nancy's son, he spent many of his youthful hours hanging out waiting for mom. He started working in the Prepared Foods Department when he turned 16. He attended James Madison University and spent his first 10+ years out of college in the financial industry, and he decided in 2010 to return to his roots at the Village Market. Tim loves to hit the links whenever possible. He resides in Westport with his wife, Jen and their daughter.