Meyer Learning: Talking to Peter Engel of Fred Meyer Jewelers

Peter Engel’s path from salesman to CEO of the country’s second-largest jewelry chainPeter Engel has spent three decades at Fred Meyer Jewelers, the second-largest jewelry chain in the United States, with 327 stores, operating under the Fred Meyer and Littman nameplates. Since 1999, the jeweler has been a division of The Kroger Co. grocery chain. Engel started as a sales associate, eventually rising to president in 2005. Here he talks about the best advice he ever received, how he juggles his differing responsibilities, and the one quality he looks for in an employee that can’t be taught.Did you have any mentors that were really important to you?I would have to say my first mentor was the first president of Fred Meyer Jewelers, Ed Dayoob. He had been in the business for years and years. He was very charismatic, just a wonderful salesman. He taught me to always take care of people,

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