Cynthia Martin

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Cindy MartinCynthia Martin

Acosta Sales & Marketing
Sr. Client Business Manager

Years with company:   30 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: Associates Degree  and two years of a business course

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Over the span of my career I have had the benefit of many mentors that have influenced my personal life and career. My first would be my parents who taught me to work hard and put your best foot forward and be kind to others. I have had many Co-Workers who have given their time, knowledge and experience as well as clear direction. I have learned over the many years in this business is learn to listen and appreciate the suggestion and opinions of others.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?  The achievement that I am most proud of is my career growth. I started working with Food Enterprises at retail and have had the opportunity to work in various roles and functional positions. I am most proud of the ability to embrace change within the company and industry. I sincerely believe that careers are defined by many moments, both big and small. I am extremely honored that I have been selected as one of the Women of Influence in the Food Industry for 2014.”

Most challenging part of your job: To understand all the aspects of this business. Adapting to different personalities and knowing how to get to the end results.  Each day I strive to deliver a plan that will meet my Clients goals and to align with the customer’s strategy. The most challenging has always been balancing time at work with time at home. I have been very lucky to have a supportive husband who has allowed me to pursue my career opportunities.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: My suggestion is to believe and trust in you.  Be honest in dealing with people and you will gain more respect than people who just say what you think they want to here.  Take ownership of your decisions. Listen, keep an open mind and learn what you can from others. Believe in yourself and have goals.

Hobbies: Flower Gardening, I spend much of my leisure time with my family and enjoying traveling in our motor home.