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Candace Schmidt, District Manager, Aldi Corp.

Candace SchmidtWhat's special about Duquesne?

It's the faculty, says Candace Schmidt, district manager with Aldi Foods in Saxonburg, PA. As one of the district managers in charge of three to five stores, Candace is entrusted with the entire operation of the stores within her multi-million-dollar district, including managing personnel.

"All of my professors had a big impact on me, but when I think about my last two years at Duquesne, when I was concentrating on my major in business, the professors in the management field were phenomenal. The overall interaction was special. My classes were really small, so it was a tight-knit group. We did a lot of team-building exercises that I can apply to my life situation, and public speaking, which is very helpful in my career now.

"As far as ethics, what they were teaching went along with what I believed in and the kind of person I wanted to be," says Candace who graduated on May 5, 2006, was hired before she graduated and started her career less than a week later.

Her Duquesne background and her yearlong training experience at Aldi, she says, have helped her to supervise her stores and lead by example.