“Employees tend to stick with companies that help them grow,” said Jason Harris, a category director at Save-A-Lot, according to the St. Louis American.
When Harris started with Save-A-Lot six years ago as a senior procurement buyer, he signed up for the mentorship program. The company matched him with the former president and CEO Bill Shaner, who worked under the company’s founder Bill Moran for many years.
“He gave me insights that I use in both my personal and professional life,” Harris said. “That says a lot about Save-A-Lot, that it would give me a mentor of such high caliber. It’s one of many great things that Save-A-Lot has in place to push diversity.”
Now Harris is a category director for the company’s 1,200 stores, which are primarily located in the Midwest, Mississippi, the East Coast and Texas. Harris also sits on the company’s Diversity Council, a committee initiated in 2005 to makes retaining the company’s diverse talent a business imperative.