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Opportunities For The Community: Interview With Vanessa Lehnen, Parker’s Talent Acquisition Manager

Opportunities For The Community: Interview With Vanessa Lehnen, Parker’s Talent Acquisition Manager

1. Tell us about your position and Parker’s?

At Parker’s I am the Leader of Talent Acquisition. I am responsible for all recruitment strategies. I lead the team of recruiters for implementation of our talent, diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as culture and engagement strategies. Our goal is to attract the best employees in the industry and accelerate the growth of our company across Georgia, South Carolina and all the states where we will be doing business. 

Parker’s is a family-owned business founded in Georgia. We currently operate 75 locations with an ambitious plan to open 97 new locations soon. Our brand distinguishes itself as one of America’s most respected convenience store chains and is known for having the cleanest stores in the industry. We are experiencing significant growth and our goal is to provide ample employment opportunities and careers to the community, particularly for our Hispanic community.

2. What makes Parker’s different from other companies in the same industry?

There are many reasons why Parker’s stands out. We are leaders in innovation and use the latest technology at all of our locations, allowing us to provide our customers a first class service efficiently. 

We are a family owned company and we are proud to be part of a company that treats us like part of the family. As a family-owned company, we take pride in fostering a familial work environment that values the professional, personal, and financial growth of our employees. We constantly strive for improvement and always prioritize the well-being of our team. Over the past 23 years, Parker’s has achieved an annual growth rate of 20 to 24 percent, and we offer a rewarding loyalty program to our customers, saving them both time and money.

3. What job opportunities has Parker’s to the Hispanic community?

 We have many opportunities for our community. These positions include Cashier and Kitchen Associates, as well as, leadership positions such as district leader, store leaders, leader in training, kitchen managers, assistant kitchen managers and store assistant managers. Additionally, there are corporate positions available across different departments. We offer a unique and free leadership program where we give you all the tools to grow successfully. Moreover, our employees have the privilege of working alongside a support team of leaders.

4. Why would you recommend applying at Parker’s and what benefits can you receive as a Parker’s employee?

I highly recommend applying at Parker’s because we firmly believe that our company’s success is directly tied to the strength of our team. We offer competitive salaries and ensure that our employees receive the necessary training and tools to uphold the integrity of the Parker’s brand. It gives us immense pride to state that over 85% of our store managers, district leaders, and corporate support team members have been internally promoted, showcasing our commitment to nurturing talent and making long-term investments in our team. Employee benefits include salary increases after 60 days and one-year, comprehensive health, vision,  dental, paid time off from day one, a 401k program, life insurance, pet insurance, and, one of my personal favorites, free childcare for full-time employees.

5. How is Parker’s supporting the community and how can people support those initiatives?

Parker’s actively supports the communities where our stores are located through our Fueling the Community program and the Parker’s Community Fund, which was established by our founder, Greg Parker. Recently, we made a $20 million donation to focus on supporting education, healthcare, hunger relief, and heroes. Our contribution helped open Union Mission’s new Parker’s House for Women, which is the first dedicated facility offering emergency shelter and wrap-around services to unaccompanied homeless women in Georgia. We have also donated $5 million to support the community and the caregivers of Roper St. Francis Healthcare across the metro Charleston, South Carolina area.

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We also have a round-up campaign where customers can choose to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar at over 70 Parker’s and Parker’s Kitchen retail stores across coastal Georgia and South Carolina. We match 25% of each customer’s donation, and the funds benefit a rotating series of nonprofit organizations through the Parker’s Community Fund. We are currently partnering with America’s Second Harvest of Georgia and Lowcountry Food Bank of South Carolina to help the fight to end hunger in our communities.

6. Where can people apply for jobs at Parker’s?

If you want to apply to any of our opportunities, you can go to our page You can also contact us at

By: La Isla Magazine

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