Meet the Retailer: Maria Markusen

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Maria Markusen


Hey #caretailers.  It definitely does not seem like four full years since I came to VGM.  Getting to know our members, our vendors and my co-workers is one of the great gifts of my personal and professional life.  With that said, we are counting the days until we see you all at Heartland.

For those of you that do not know me, I am currently the director of development with the VGM Retail team.  My primary role is to assist our members to expand, build from scratch, or enhance retail programs and cash sales.  I also like to sales train occasionally.

For the past fifteen years, I have focused on the consumer in healthcare. How to serve our seniors as they age.  How to drive traffic to healthcare organizations, changing how we deliver service and care.  And, how to train healthcare professionals to connect with the customer, making sure the right goods and services are delivered.  I like to get down in the trenches, uncovering issues and generating actionable solutions that transform processes, develop strategies and help transform businesses.

My career at VGM started during the acquisition of Simply Shoppes in 2013. But, my sales and marketing career started as an agricultural lender in a town of 206 people in Southwestern Minnesota over 20 years ago.  Since then, I led national sales and marketing teams in long-term care, developed and operated long-term care communities for national providers and led the start-up of multiple healthcare and development companies as president, coo and cfo.

Originally, I’m from Minneapolis where I grew up spending every possible minute on a snowmobile, on a jet ski or in a boat navigating our beautiful lakes.  Currently I live in Omaha, Nebraska with my partner, Jim and my two step sons, Tom (17) and Jay (13).

With our Heartland Conference on the horizon, we’ve got a busy schedule! Please join us in the Retail Lab and come see us speak on multiple topics!

Here’s our Schedule:

Monday (9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Pre-Conference Session: Achieving Retail Success

Lead by: Rob Baumhover, Staci Langel and Maria Markusen

Tuesday (9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) Starting a Store from Scratch: An All-Cash Store Case Study

Lead by: Rob Baumhover, Staci Langel and Maria Markusen

Wednesday ( 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.) Inventory Management: Digging Deep to Fill Inventory Holes

Lead by: Rob Baumhover and Maria Markusen

Thursday (1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) How HMEs Can Capture and Monetize the Sickness to Wellness Trend

Lead by: Beth Cox Hollingsworth and Maria Markusen

Thursday (3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.) Marketing Strategies: Re- invent, Re- energize, Re- engage

Lead by: Staci Langel and Maria Markusen