Tina Floyd ’03, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Foods for The J.M. Smucker Company, will return to Kent State University this spring. She is the recipient of the 2019 Spirit of Women in Business Award, presented by the College of Business Administration. Each year, the award is presented to an outstanding female alumna who excels in her profession, while paving the way for women in business.
“We are honored to recognize Tina Floyd as the 2019 Spirit of Women in Business award recipient,” said Deborah F. Spake, dean of the College of Business Administration at Kent State University. "Tina has achieved professional success and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in her positions at The J.M. Smucker Company.”
Floyd earned an Executive MBA degree from Kent State University in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Walsh University. While studying at Kent State, Floyd’s fondest memories stem from her classmates. The MBA program’s structure enabled her to build close relationships that she still maintains today. This not only enriched her education but gave her the opportunity to learn from other business professionals with different backgrounds and life experiences.
“The new skills and perspective I developed through the Kent State program made me a better business leader,” said Floyd. “An Executive MBA can be incredibly beneficial if you approach it with the necessary effort and a willingness to learn. I have a great appreciation for its impact on my life.”
Floyd has been with The J.M. Smucker Company for 24 years and is a member of The Executive Leadership Team. She is currently responsible for the Consumer and Natural Foods Strategic Business Areas. She formerly served as Vice President and General Manager, Away From Home.
Floyd hopes that the next generation will never stop learning. “Always be curious. Even if the topic is not directly related to your area of expertise, there is always something to learn,” she suggests.