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Publix Patriots: E5 Sergeant to District Manager

Jazmyn M.

Jazmyn M.

We appreciate the commitment our veterans have made to this country and understand that level of dedication often makes for a stellar addition to the Publix family. Last year, Publix was ranked as one of the best workplaces for veterans by Indeed. We want to show everyone why! Our Publix Patriots blog series showcases real veterans who found success in a second career at Publix Super Markets.

We are honored to employ veterans and hope to spread the word about the opportunities available with this company that is so much more than “just a grocery store.”

Allyn ThenMeet Allyn, District Manager

Allyn started working at Publix as a front service clerk when he was 16 years old. What began as a way to earn some cash to afford his own car, turned into a lifelong career. Allyn is now a district manager, and just celebrated his 38-year anniversary with Publix. Six of those years were also spent serving in the United States Army.

He began his active duty in the United States Army in 1983 and remained active until 1987.  He then returned home where he was on active reserves until 1989. Allyn kept his tenure with Publix during his time away and used the leadership experience he gained in the military to grow into management.

Before leaving active duty, he was responsible for 15 soldiers: their training, daily activities, and preparation for ceremonies at venues like the White House. During his time in active reserves, he was the communications sergeant in the Special Forces. He was the direct contact for the company commander and all the teams on their missions. After six years of military experience under his belt, Allyn was eager to use what he had learned as an E-5 Sergeant and squad leader.


How Allyn’s Military Background Helped Him at Publix

Allyn NowThe military taught Allyn to pay attention to detail. The way he dressed, how he behaved, and the way he responded under pressure was all very closely monitored in his unit. He also learned that if he wanted a promotion, he had to earn it. In the military, you have to work hard to rise to a higher level. Similarly, at Publix, we value a promote from within culture. Our associates start in entry-level roles and work their way up into management.

Allyn advises anyone interested in a leadership role in the military, at Publix, or both, to “work hard, be selfless, be humble, and be there for your team. It is important to respect others: both your team and our customers. We are here to serve, so have a servant’s mentality.”

There are seven values held and taught by the United States Army: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. Selfless service is what Allyn feels is the core of everything we do at Publix and is something he learned early in his military career. The United States Army expects their soldiers to put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and their subordinates before their own without thinking about recognition or personal gain.

“Being selfless in life is to know true happiness,” Allyn shared, “like the military, Publix leaders must be selfless. Our role is to mentor others to help them grow and achieve their goals in life. We are a team, a family, and we must always be there for each other.”

*Pictured: Allyn (on the far right) and Store Manager, Robert, presenting a gold coin award to Ryan, Assistant Customer Service Manager, at store number 1132.


If Allyn’s heartfelt message helped you see the opportunity for personal and professional growth at Publix, you can start your career today. Apply online using our Talent Application Gateway.

There are so many career paths available to anyone at Publix. We offer a variety of non-management positions in all our departments to help you get your foot in the door. You can even visit our critical openings list to see if there is a store near you looking to hire right away.

Allyn’s servant heart and dedication stems from his military experience and is a big part of what we look for in a candidate. If you or someone you know is a veteran looking for a new career with similar values, share this story and some of our others. Be sure to follow us and stay tuned online to our Publix Patriots blog series where we will continue to share the success stories of our military veteran associates.

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