VICKIE HOPPMAN, RETIRED THORNTON STORE MANAGER
“I took pride in my work,” says Vickie Hoppman, who retired from her job as Thornton store manager on Nov. 10th. “I enjoyed doing the accounting aspect of the job as well as waiting on customers and getting to know my employees.”
Vickie views the strongpoints of her 16-year employment with NuWay-K&H Cooperative as finances and friendships. “I was really good at making sure the books were accurate and being friendly with the customers and employees,” she states, adding, “Most years were profitable, which was a big plus.”
Vickie started at the Thorton store as a cashier. After two years, the manager asked her to help with the books, and for the past 11 years she has managed the store.
Previous to working for the cooperative, Vickie worked for Martin Brothers, a food distribution company in Mason City, where she grew up. “I was a cashier there,” she said. Before that, Vickie worked in an office for over 20 years, as a receptionist, payroll and filing clerk, and a variety of other jobs.
In retirement, Vickie looks forward to spending more time with her blended family of eight children, 19 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. (Another great grandson is due in January.) She hopes to do more traveling with her husband Dennis and to spend even more time with her family and friends.