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Employment History

Director
DECA-Europe

Head
DECA-Europe

Store Manager
Calumet Radar Site

Intern
Air Force Commissary Service

Affiliations

Director
Defense Commissary Agency-Europe

Director
Veterans Affairs Dan McCarthy

Education

bachelor's degree

Web References (7 Total References)


European and Pacific Stars & Stripes

www.estripes.com, 31 Mar 2004 [cached]

Bonnie A. KanitzDirector, DECA Europe


European and Pacific Stars & Stripes

www.estripes.com, 25 Jan 2004 [cached]

"Our sales just shot up incredibly," Bonnie Kanitz, the director of the Defense Commissary Agency-Europe, said last summer after the end of major combat operations.

In April - the first full month of the war - sales rose by nearly 66 percent compared with the same period last year, according to Kanitz.
While Fairford sales figures for the spring of 2003 were high, they paled in comparison to other more populated bases.Still, Kanitz and other agency officials say they always adjust accordingly whenever a small commissary enjoys a spike of activity.
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Many, said Kanitz, went "back to the States to wait out this long period of deployment."
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"The troops come first," Bonnie Kanitz, the director of DECA-Europe, said in an interview last summer, "and the retail stores come second."
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Kanitz described the spring as an intense period.
The 173rd Airborne Brigade out of Vicenza, Italy, for example, purchased 130,000 cases of products, ranging from moistened towels and plastic bags to beef jerky and granola bars.
Meanwhile, the Defense Logistics Agency asked for 2,300 cases of instant soup, which equated to 42,000 servings, while the USS Roosevelt, a naval resupply ship, placed a $90,000 special order as it steamed toward Sicily.
"We got a lot of weird orders for large quantities at one time," Kanitz said, recalling one request for cases of hot sauce.
At such times, DECA personnel, in conjunction with the military, moves as quickly as it can to accommodate the troops.As Kanitz, the head of DECA-Europe explained, store customers have more choices; a troop in the field has far fewer options.
"Whatever it takes," Kanitz said, "we will do it."


Welcome to Military Partners

www.militarypartners.com, 26 April 2006 [cached]

Kanitz to retire from DeCA in August

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- Bonnie Kanitz, director of DeCA East and the first woman in DeCA appointed to the Senior Executive Service, will retire from federal service in August.
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Kanitz, whose career spans 32 years, leaves a legacy as a pioneer not only for women in the federal workforce, but for anyone who strives for excellence on the job, said Patrick B. Nixon, DeCA's director and chief executive officer.
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"I've watched Bonnie move up the leadership chain during our years together at DeCA, and I can't think of a more dedicated leader who delivered results that improved the commissary benefit wherever she served.
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Kanitz said she plans to return to Michigan where she grew up and her family lives.
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I'll miss the people in DeCA and industry partners I've worked with over the years - many have become my friends - but I know the great work will continue and the benefit will only get stronger because of the dedication people have for it," Kanitz said.
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Kanitz is known as an approachable, engaged leader who especially relished visits to commissaries where she was quick to share insights for success and seek employee and customer input on how to improve the commissary benefit. She knows what it takes to run a commissary. Her career began in 1975 when she became the store manager at Calumet Radar Site, Mich. , after earning her bachelor's degree from
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Kanitz received numerous distinguished awards throughout her career, including Equal Employment Opportunity awards from the Air Force, DeCA and several states for her work in selective placement and leadership.
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Kanitz said that while she feels honored to be DeCA's first female member of the Senior Executive Service, the accomplishment is a tribute to the agency's commissary career program, which offers and encourages career broadening assignments and recognizes individual accomplishments and achievements.
"It's been a great career," she said, "and I encourage everyone to pursue their dreams because dreams do come true, albeit with a little hard work."
Dowling named to succeed Kanitz at DeCA East
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FORT LEE, Va. - DeCA Europe Director Michael Dowling, a member of the Senior Executive Service, has been named to succeed Bonnie Kanitz as director of DeCA East.
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Kanitz had previously announced her retirement, effective in August.


A new personal challenge lies ahead: ...

www.ebmpubs.com, 1 July 2007 [cached]

A new personal challenge lies ahead: in mid-August, Dowling was to replace Bonnie Kanitz as DeCA East director.

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DeCA East Region Director Bonnie Kanitz
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- Bonnie Kanitz
From her early days as an intern with the Air Force Commissary Service (AFC-OMS) at Offutt AFB, Neb., to her present role as leader of DeCA's East Region, Bonnie Kanitz has seen and been an active part of almost every aspect of commissary operations, from store level to headquarters and the MBU. And if it were possible to poll everyone she has encountered along the way, it would be close to a certainty, that to a person, each would say that Kanitz has had a lasting, positive impact on their lives and careers.
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Kanitz: Any talk about highlights for DeCA East has to center around our sales accomplishments, increased efficiencies - doing more with less - and our dynamic store directors and their teams!
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Kanitz: You can't be successful in this business unless you care about people, and to do that you have to be honest and upfront with folks and be decisive.
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Kanitz addresses the crowd gathered for the grand reopening of the Mayport, Fla., commissary. Seated to the right of Kanitz are Jacksonville, Fla., Director of Veterans Affairs Dan McCarthy
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Kanitz: The "who" in this case are the local ALA (American Logistics Association) chapters and their leadership, which play a major role in shaping DeCA East.
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Kanitz: Mike's a proven, capable leader and I'm sure he'll be able to handle whatever comes his way.
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Kanitz: Upon leaving DeCA, I want to publicly acknowledge and thank all the people from the Eastern, Midwest and European Regions with whom I have had the privilege to work.


Sections

www.estripes.com, 25 Jan 2004 [cached]

"The troops come first," Bonnie Kanitz, the director of DECA-Europe, said in

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Kanitz described the spring as an intense period.
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"We got a lot of weird orders for large quantities at one time," Kanitz said, recalling one request for cases of hot sauce.
At such times, DECA personnel, in conjunction with the military, moves as quickly as it can to accommodate the troops.As Kanitz, the head of DECA-Europe explained, store customers have more choices; a troop in the field has far fewer options.
"Whatever it takes," Kanitz said, "we will do it."

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