Maureen Ray

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Maureen Ray, CrossmarkMaureen Ray

CROSSMARK
Account Executive

Years with company:  20 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
FRANE, NEW and NEFF

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
As I look back at my 20 years in this industry, I have been blessed to have worked with several wonderful mentors over the years.  They gave me countless opportunities to get involved in all facets of the business, which allowed me to learn and grow with their continued support and encouragement every step of the way.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
Early on while working as an administrator I tried to get involved with as many projects/events as possible outside of my normal workload. I volunteered whenever help was needed whether it was within my department or not.  Any opportunity to learn was how I always looked at it.  I now know that the time I invested has paid off three-fold with what I have learned from co-workers, clients and industry associates.  These experiences coupled with a strong work ethic and positive attitude have helped me progress through different roles within the organization where I am presently an Account Executive.

In 1995 I began working events for the Frozen and Refrigerated Association of the Northeast (FRANE) and today I am currently the 2012-2013 Chair of the organization.  I also serve on the New England Regional Committee of the Network of Executive Women and a member of the New England Food Foundation.  The work has been rewarding, exciting and has enabled me to meet some fabulous people who have inspired me throughout my career.  I take great pride in my involvement with these organizations and am thrilled to have been part of their growth over the past several years.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
My advice to upcoming executives is to find something you love to do and be passionate about it.  Get involved, listen hard, ask questions, be creative and most of all, believe in yourself.   It will surely bring you success.