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Corporate: Mary Moorkamp

Schnuck Markets, Inc.

One life lesson Mary Moorkamp works to impart to her six children is the same approach she said she applies to her professional life.

She tells them, “Do your best, and look at yourself in the mirror every day. If you can say, ‘I did my best today,’ it was a good day.”

Mary Moorkamp

Mary Moorkamp

That roll-up-your-sleeves attitude is a reason Moorkamp, chief legal officer and corporate secretary for Schnuck Markets, Inc., is known as someone who doesn’t give up and isn’t afraid to try new things.

Moorkamp’s job has provided her ample opportunity to wear many hats. She has been with Schnuck Markets, Inc., the regional supermarket chain headquartered in St. Louis with 100 stores in five Midwestern states, for 15 years. She started as general counsel and has worked with many different groups within the organization.

“I’ve been very lucky to touch just about every part of the company,” she said. “One of the fabulous things about the company where I work is you’re not boxed in, based in what your degree or skill set is. You can essentially go anywhere and do anything if you persevere and have the right attitude.”

Moorkamp is responsible for asset protection, security and safety, food safety and quality assurance, insurance, risk, claims and worker’s compensation, compliance, government relations and regulatory affairs.

“My favorite part of my job is the people,” she said. “We have over 14,000 teammates. They are the lifeblood of the organization.”

Moorkamp calls one moment of her career both a great gift and a thing she wouldn’t wish on her worst enemy — working through a 2013 data breach. It was one of the early breaches experienced by a company with a wide-reaching presence in the community, and it required a great deal of legal navigating. Rising to the challenge helped Moorkamp to see what both she and the company were truly capable of accomplishing.

“I say that not lightly because it was a very difficult thing, but I learned so much about the true grit the organization has,” she said. “We led through a lens of, ‘History will show this as us at our finest hour.’ That was the filter through which our decisions were made and how we responded to things. Through the dark time, we really grew stronger. We came out of it in a good place.”

Moorkamp, who said her priorities are faith, family and food, has served on the board of The Table Foundation and the St. Louis Regional Chamber. She said she also looks forward to working more closely with Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis.

For this active and involved mom, the best way to spend time is with her kids.