Tim Dolnier, our co-owner and President, 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, their 2 daughters and a son.
Mike Picheco, our co-owner and President lives in Trumbull with his wife Kait and son. 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.
After more than 45 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. In 2016, Nancy was named "Business Person of the Year" by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Nancy and her husband Karl enjoy gardening. They have two grown sons and five grandchildren.
Brian 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.
Edwin 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 25 years and Ed's son, Emannuel also works with his dad in the meat department.
Esther Maldonado is our Cash Manager. She can also field any question concerning the store, especially in Nancy or Brian'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 Stratford and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Maria has been with us for over 20 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.
George started here at The Market over 10 years ago as a butcher's apprentice after several years at Stop & Shop. Recently married, he and his wife, Lillian reside in Westport where he grew up and went to school. They love to travel. When he's not behind the meat counter you can often find them on their bicycles touring the local countryside!
Carl came to us over 5 years ago from Shoprite. He and his wife Stacy live in Derby with their twin daughters. He loves to fish and plays his guitar with friends and local bands whenever possible. He says he is very happy to be working with so many great people. In 2016, Carl was named "Grocery Manager of the Year" by our wholesaler, Bozzuto's. Have a new product request for grocery, frozen or dairy? Carl is the guy to ask!
Brian has been with "The Market" for over 11 years, beginning his career here as a produce clerk. He has worked his way through the ranks to become our Produce Manager. A graduate of Wilton High School, Brian enjoys kayaking, hiking and walking his 2 dogs. He really enjoys the family-like atmosphere here at Village Market.
Mike has been with us over 10 years so he has a thorough knowledge of our deli. Mike lives in Norwalk and loves to go out to eat with his family and friends.
Felix joined us over 6 years ago, coming from SoNo Baking Company. His many talents have brought us extraordinary scratch baked breads, cookies and desserts. He lives in Norwalk with his family and enjys a run at Calf Pasture Beach in his spare time.
Brandon began at Village Market in 2011 as a high school part-time produce clerk. He began full time in 2014 but left us for adventures in Pennsylvania for a year. He's back and we are pleased to have him assisting Brian Dodd in the produce department. He's an avid Yankees and Devils fan. Brandon and his fiancée, Lindsey live in Norwalk and plan to marry in June of 2020.
Boni has spent the last 28 years decorating fabulous cakes! She has been turning out cakes in Westport and Weston for many of those years, so we are happy she has joined our team! She truly enjoys what she does and loves helping customers design their cakes. She likes to spend her rare "down time" reading and doing crossword puzzles.