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Featured Alumni Profile (September 2016)
Alumna of the Month, Ms. Kinna Thomas
Our alumna for the month of September is Lane Lady Ms. Kinna Thomas, a member of the Class of 2000. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she is a proud product of Sumner High School. This spring she served as her high school's graduation speaker. She also has received two Masters Degrees from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Management in 2003 and a Masters of Business Administration in 2007. A winner of multitude professional awards for her outstanding work in retail and community impact, Kinna's passion for the customer and work ethic has made an impact on her industry and will be used as a case study for many in the years to come.
Kinna treasured her time at Lane College. While at Lane College she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and served as President for the Beta Chi Chapter. Today, she remains very active in her sorority and was recently honored at the 2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated Boule in July of 2016.
A notable accomplishment is that Kinna is the person responsible for creating the Patti Labelle Sweet Potato pie. Since then, she has also created the Patti Cobbler. Because of her commitment to excellence and high standards, she broke history in grocery retail by giving her customers something to sing about. After a viral video, there were thousands of stories written about the sweet success. Kinna has appeared in over 300 online articles, BET, CNN live and Fortune magazine. Kinna has served as Visiting Professor for the Power of Potential Scholars at Lane College.
Kinna is currently a Senior Buyer for Cakes and Pies at the world's largest company, Walmart Stores, Inc. Most recently, she was named Walmart's buyer of the year. This is a prestigious honor indeed!
She has a multitude of experience in merchandising and manufacturing. Her decisions and role impact the lives of millions of people each day across America. She leads a team of professionals to bring quality bakery products to over 4500 store locations.
Kinna resides in Bentonville, AR. She married the love of her life, Gerry, 11 years ago. Together, they share two handsome little boys, Julian, 6; and Timmy.
Kinna will also serve as Lane College's Homecoming Parade Marshal which is the highest honor a person can receive during the parade. She will set the tone for the 2016 Lane College Homecoming game!
We salute Lane Lady Thomas!