Kathryn O’Brien

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Kathy O'BrienKathryn O’Brien

Big Y Foods, Inc.
Equipment Specialist

Years with company:  35 years with Big Y

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: Associates Degree in E-Commerce, Marketing Major, Certificate in Purchasing Fundamental’s, Volunteer as a catechism teacher for our church, Girl Scout leader

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:  The many mentors that have influenced my life and career have created the ongoing relationship of learning. My family members are my top mentors, being from a large family we learned to work together, respect others, and keep the faith.  Mentors have shown me that a positive attitude has the best impact on the people you deal with on a daily basis; this philosophy has helped me grow through many different roles within the organization. Several mentors I have worked with have a strong work ethic and value the opinions of others.  They have taught me the needed skills to multi task, the importance of building lasting relationships, and being a team player. They have also shown me that making a mistake is not the end of the world but an opportunity to learn.

What are you most proud if in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? Over the last several years, I have had the opportunity to mentor several college interns within our organization.  Watching these young adults grow and achieve the next level in their careers is extremely gratifying.

Most challenging part of the job: Maintain the workload of this fast pace environment which demands action and reaction on a minute-to-minute basis. Sustain a certain sense of urgency and the ability to multitask is needed to focus and organize the many details of equipment procurement.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Believe in yourself, be better today than you were yesterday, never stop learning, and know that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, traveling, reading, walking,