Kim Imbornone

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Kim ImboKim Imbornonernone

New England Ice Cream Co.
Vice President of Sales, Segment Leader Foodservice/Noncommercial

Years with company:  I have been fortunate to work in the food service and retail ice cream industry since 1989 and with New England Ice Cream for the past 11 years.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

Suffolk University, Boston, MA.

Long time standing member and volunteer of the New England Convenience Store Association, New England Ice Cream and Restaurant Association and School Nutrition Association.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I was raised in an entrepreneurial family and was given the opportunity to learn about the industry throughout my youth.  My parents taught me grit, responsibility and the importance of being a person of good character. The strong values I learned from our family business have enabled me to meet with success in my adult career.

When I arrived at New England Ice Cream, I was fortunate enough to work for Bob Frotten, chief operating officer of New England Ice Cream Co. Bob’s mentoring helped me apply my knowledge from our family business to a more corporate environment. His professionalism and integrity helped mold me into the person I am today.

Collectively, these instrumental mentors have provided me the opportunity to become a more well rounded leader and business woman.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateThe greatest privilege of my role is the opportunity I have had to train and mentor rising talent. It is incredibly gratifying to see inexperienced business people evolve into successful and strong team members.

Most challenging part of your job: My greatest challenge is constantly juggling all aspects of my job; more specifically, balancing my time with our team members, industry partners and on-going internal projects.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Stay relevant and constantly educate yourself about industry trends so you can share these with customers and fellow team members. Always remember to reflect before you react in a professional world. Stay positive and be happy!

Hobbies: Family, fitness and avid New England Sports Fan!