The sky’s the limit. This is more than just an adage for this buy-side aficionado: it’s a state of mind. Julie Olivarria always wanted to make a difference in her career, and she solidified this mindset and her fresh path through the produce plate. Hungry for more, the Vice President of Produce likens herself to an apex predator of the seas, whose appetite for innovation and business acumen knows no bounds. But, before I spoil it for you, why don’t you take a look at Julie’s list of IFs…
IF you had to choose now, what would your last meal consist of?
A perfectly cooked steak, mashed potatoes, a glass of a big, bold cabernet, and a decadent chocolate dessert.
IF you could imagine yourself in a different industry, what would it be?
Before I started in the produce industry, I was going to become a nurse.
IF you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Definitely my mom. I lost her to early-onset Alzheimer’s 10 years ago, and she was way too young. There are so many things I wish I could tell her.
IF you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring?
My dog Chester, some great books, and an endless supply of
IF you were another species in the animal kingdom, what would
A great white shark. Who wouldn’t want to be at the top of the food chain with no known predators?
IF you wrote an autobiography, what would be the title?
Not Sure How I Got Here.
IF you had to wear the same thing every day, what items of clothing would you pick?
Black pants and a sweater! I wear that almost every day now. My kids tease that it’s my uniform.
IF you could make everyone watch a movie of your choosing, which movie would you want them to see?
The Shack. I read the book years ago, and it moved me. Movies are never quite as good as books, but it is worth the watch.
IF you could re-experience an awesome day in your life, which day would you choose and why?
My daughter’s wedding. It was such a fun and beautiful day that went by way too fast.
IF you had $10 million that you had to donate to someone else, who would you choose and why?
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I think the work they do is incredible.
IF you had a superpower, what would you want it to be?
Flight. It would be amazing to get anywhere I wanted to go quickly.
IF you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Never give up and aim high. There is nothing you can’t do.