Joy Nicholas

Joy Nicholas

Principal
JN Retail Connections

As principal of JN Retail Connections, Joy Nicholas has been engaged in the food retail industry for more than 40 years and has served on the WMU Food Marketing Advisory Board for over 20 years. In 2017, she was given a senior level executive Top Woman in Grocery Award by Progressive Grocer magazine as a result of her knowledge, experience, leadership, mentoring and many contributions to the supermarket retail industry.

After leading numerous system development projects for Ralphs Supermarkets in southern California, Nicholas became a senior executive for the Food Marketing Institute, where she was directly responsible for industry research, retail technology, electronic payments and industry standards. As a co-founder, board member, scholarship committee chair and active advocate for the Network of Executive Women (NEW), Nicholas has formed long-term relationships and earned respect among many of its 12,000+ members.

Nicholas earned a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University. She is currently an associate adjunct professor of business management and instructional associate at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas.