Shelley F. Doak

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Shelley F. Doak of Maine Grocers & Food Producers AssociationShelley F. Doak

Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association
Executive Director

(The MGFPA is managed by Eaton Peabody that provides association management services.

Years with company: Five years.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations  

  •  A.A. Pine Manor College
  • President, Maine Society of Association Executives
  • Member, FMI Government Relations Committee
  • Member, FMI State Government Relations Committee
  • Board Member, Hallowell Food Bank

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I give much credit to my mother and grandmother who surmounted terrible losses yet pressed on with courage, humor and kindness.  They taught me to believe in myself and to take time to give back.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateAfter nearly three years, we succeeded in securing a significant increase in the purchase discount rates for our State Agency Liquor Stores.  I know that my diverse career in business, in state government and in managing this association enabled me to maintain patience and conviction for all those many months.

Most challenging part of your job: Never a shortage of great ideas, just not enough time in the day!

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Be mindful, listen and build relationships, face to face.   Unplug and ask questions; take the time to listen, to really hear what others have to say.

Hobbies: Spending time with my husband, children, granddaughter and family members.  Gardening, hiking, cooking and spending time with friends.