By - April 1, 2018

Patrick Helm – Lakeland Division Regional Director has made a career with Publix!


Patrick began his Publix career in 1986 as a front service clerk in Largo, Florida. After working in a variety of positions, he was promoted to store manager in 2005, district manager in 2010 and to his current role in 2017.

Where were you born?
Clearwater, Florida

What did you want to be when you were little?
A railroad engineer and public speaker

What hasn’t changed about Publix since you started at Publix?
Our culture of caring

What’s your work philosophy?
Have a spirit of excellence in everything you do, even if it’s sweeping the floors.

What music are you listening to right now?
Christian hip-hop, gospel and jazz

What do you enjoy most about working at Publix?
You’re part of something greater than yourself. What we do stretches beyond these four walls. What we do transcends beyond our company. We learn to be great servants and listeners who are socially conscious.

What’s your favorite Publix memory?
Being promoted to store manager. Publix trusted me to run a million-dollar business, which I consider my biggest accomplishment. My family was so proud of me.

What are your hobbies?
Trains, anything with ministry and hanging out with my wife

What is your favorite movie?
Jurassic Park and Star Wars

What’s your favorite Publix product?
Publix Bakery Carrot Bar Cake

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What do you enjoy most about your job?
The fulfillment I get from seeing Publix and our associates succeed

What brought you to Publix?
Burger King and Jim Mullins, the Publix store manager my mom knew from our local Publix when I was growing up. When Burger King wouldn’t hire me, my mom reminded the store manager that Jim Mullins said he’d be happy to hire me and my brother when we turned 16.

What has changed about Publix since you started?
Technology and our innovation

What is your favorite sports team?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers