Christine Lyle

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Chris-Lyle-AGNEChristine Lyle  

Associated Grocers of New England, Inc.
Assistant Controller

Years with company: 24 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: I have a BA in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University and am pursuing my MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. I’m very active in AG’s Activities Committee, helping to coordinate employee events.  I coordinate teams and participate in 5K charity road races.  I’m also involved with volunteering at The Friendly Kitchen in Concord, NH and Making Strides for Breast Cancer, as well as US FIRST Robotics over the past four years.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:  Two people who have mentored me from the beginning of my career at AG are Steve Murphy, SVP/CFO and Cindy Caldwell, Controller.  They have challenged me, encouraged me and expected more from me than I thought I was capable of doing.  Because of their faith in me, I have been able to grow within the company.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateMy most defining moment in my career was when I was promoted to Assistant Controller.  My AGNE career began as an Accounts Payable clerk.  Over the years I’ve had many opportunities and challenges which have allowed me to grow personally and professionally, and achieve positions with greater responsibilities.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my position is to maintain a good work/life balance.  Balancing family, extra curricular activities and the responsibilities of my position can create challenges.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: My advice to upcoming executives is to be passionate about what you do, while not losing your sense of humor and being open to new ideas.  Working hard to meet your goals will give you the greatest amount of personal satisfaction.

Hobbies: I have a wide range of hobbies from stamping cards to outdoor activities.  But what I like to do most is to challenge myself to do new things, such as glass blowing and learning to make candy.