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Meet Sam Vince, Tassie PATY winner!

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Samuel Vince, retail manager, Priceline Pharmacy, Hobart, is Tasmanian Pharmacy Assistant of the Year (PATY)

Sam is retail manager to approximately 16 staff, having worked for Priceline for more than 18 years, 10 of which were for Priceline Pharmacy.

“I’ve seen the Priceline brand focus more on the pharmacy side of things over this time–and the customer interaction that comes with that—it’s really appealing to me,” Sam told PS.

“You are required to have so much knowledge compared to general retail and a lot of responsibility comes with that, which you have to deliver and rise to. Also, as we work for individual owners there is a much greater sense of your own investment in the business. It’s like you are running your own business—but with the support of a strong retail brand, so you get the best of both worlds –and I am very proud of what we achieve here.”

Notwithstanding, Sam is no stranger to Awards, having won Priceline Pharmacy’s Retail Manager Award  for Vic/Tas in 2015.

“However, I went into this Award a bit blind–and like many a true Aussie downplayed it a bit. I was surprised to be nominated, then surprised to be selected to attend the Judging Workshop–so to win–to say that’s a surprise, is an understatement.

“I didn’t even tell my wife about it,” laughs Sam. “She thought–like many of my colleagues–I was attending some sort of training day.”

Sam says he found the Judging Workshop, and meeting the other finalists, really valuable and worthwhile.

“It was a great mix of people–all ages, and all areas of pharmacy, so hearing about what they all do and the issues they also face was pretty inspiring.”

Sam now says he’s very much looking forward to attending the finals at PA2017 on the Gold Coast.

“It will be great to meet the other finalists and mix with other industry people. And whatever happens, I think I will learn a lot from it.”

PS congratulates Sam on his success and looks forward to catching up with him at the finals.

Registrations to attend the conference, which takes place 26-28 October, Gold Coast, are now open, click here



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