Blazer appointed to Food City VP of pharmacy operations
Food City recently announced the appointment of Mickey Blazer of Morristown to the position of vice president of pharmacy operations.
Blazer has served as the departmental director since 2011 and worked as pharmacy operations manager prior to that. He holds more than 37 years of service with the company, six years of which have been spent in pharmacy management, collaborating with other members of senior management and store operations to supervise and oversee Food City’s 77 pharmacy locations.
“Prior to transitioning into pharmacy supervision, Mickey managed a number of our store locations and served as district manager for over 11 years,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.
“His comprehensive knowledge of store operations and vast experience have proven vital to the advancement of our pharmacy operations. He is a true asset to our company and we couldn’t be more pleased to announce this much deserved promotion,” Smith said.
During Blazer’s tenure as pharmacy director, Food City’s pharmacy program has grown substantially through the addition of new locations, as well as acquisitions. The company’s self-distribution of generic drugs has also grown three-fold. This program is vital to the department’s continued success, as it allows the company to maintain more competitive pricing and results in additional savings for Food City Pharmacy Prescription Discount members. B
Blazer has also been extremely instrumental in the launch of new and innovative pharmacy technologies, including Food City’s Pharmacy APP, online prescription refill service and prescription ready message alerts, which are delivered via smart phone messages or text.
“I considerate it an honor to be privileged to work in an area of our company where I am surrounded by such a talented group of health care professionals who are so passionate about what they do and the difference they can make in their patients’ lives,” Blazer said.
Blazer began his retail career shortly after graduating high school in Morristown. He has served in numerous positions during his employment with Food City, including general merchandise manager, produce manager, meat cutter, assistant store manager, HBC/GM supervisor/area trainer, store manager, district manager, pharmacy operations manager and director of pharmacy operations.
Blazer also maintains a strong commitment to the education of area youth, having served as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president of his local Optimist clubs. He served three years as chairman for the East Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Stores Golf Tournament, the proceeds of which fund college scholarships.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Tennessee Grocers “Hall of Eagles,” in recognition of his support and dedication to the Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation.
Blazer also served as president of the Morristown Plaza Merchants Association for three years. He is actively involved with the American Diabetes Association, where he currently serves as the 2014 Chairman for the Diabetes Step-Out Walk.
Mickey and his wife Susan currently reside in Morristown and are the parents of two children and one granddaughter.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City’s parent company) operates 105 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. For more information, visit www.foodcity.com.
-From Contributed Reports