Kathy Sheets

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Kathy SheetsKathy Sheets

J. Polep Distribution Services
V.P. Sales and Administration

Years with company: 20 Years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: Bridgewater State College

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I was fortunate to have had Kenny Morse as my manager and mentor for 32 years.   Throughout my professional life Kenny has encouraged me to grow both professionally and personally.  He gave me the opportunity to change career paths and I am sincerely grateful to him.  His dedication to the industry, customers and employees success inspires me to this day.

What are you most proud of your career achievement? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? The most defining moment was when I had the opportunity to become a sales representative.  When making my first cold call I realized it wasn’t the scary and unpleasant experience I thought it might be.  I learned to believe in myself. I am most proud of my longevity within the industry and the increased responsibilities that I have achieved.  An added benefit that I am proud of is the long-term friendships with co-workers and industry peers that I have made over the years.

Most challenging part of your job: I feel fortunate to be in a position that allows me to influence decisions that impact the company’s growth and success.  The challenging part of my job is balancing the company’s, customers, and employee’s goals in an ever-changing industry.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: My advice to young executives is to work hard and accept new opportunities and challenges and don’t let the fear of failure overcome you.  You’ll be surprised where it might take you.  I would encourage them to mentor others, “play it forward”.  I believe nothing can match the self-satisfaction you’ll feel from sharing your experiences helping others.

Hobbies: Cooking, Golfing, Dancing