Sheree Beissner

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Sheree BeissnerSheree Beissner

Cumberland Farms, Inc.

Years with company:  31 years

Current position and your immediate supervisor:
Director of Training & Development.  Position reports to the V.P. of Human Resources Patricia Firing.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates:
Member American Society of Training and Development; Associate Board Member and Education Committee Member of New England Convenience Store Association (NECSA);  NECSA Hall of Fame Inductee

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:  Joe Wickersham who encouraged me to get in front of a classroom to share my knowledge and experience.  Once I tamed my fear of speaking in front of a group, I was hooked.  Foster Macrides who gave me the coaching, support and freedom I needed to grow as a training professional.  I gained an incredible amount of experience and knowledge in the many years I reported to Foster.  Patti Firing who continues to challenge, encourage and support me as we take on new and exciting company training & development initiatives.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements or a defining moment of your career to date?
One of the things I am most proud of is being part of the team that created the Professional Development Program for our Retail Operations Management Group.  It has been an incredible learning experience that has had such positive impact on everyone involved.  I am also very proud to be part of the incredibly talented team of training professionals at the Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies.

Most challenging part of your job:
The most challenging part of my job is fitting it all in!  Time management and project management are critical components of my position.  There is always a lot going on in the Training Department.

Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:
My advice would be to never stop learning.  Carve out time in your schedule to read trade magazines, current business books, articles, etc. or to take a class.  The time you invest in developing your own skills is time very well spent.

I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends.  I love reading, gardening and my Wii.  I am also addicted to audio books which make commuting time a pleasure.