Lisa Lawinger Brown

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lawinger,-lisaLisa Lawinger Brown

NECSA, New England Convenience Store Association
Director of Programs and Events

Years with company: 5 yrs

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • BA in Theatre and Communications, Loyola Marymount University
  • WID: Women in Development Member
  • Previously: Women in Media member.
  • Volunteer for Team in Training, and Home Base Charities

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I reflect back on my favorite college professor, Dr. Kathryn B Free at Loyola Marymount Univ., who always reminded me to stay focused: believe that the possibilities are endless if you stay positive and learn from both your mistakes and successes. And to never forget that women are powerful and intelligent, so not to be deterred from pursuing anything, even if it seemed a historically ‘male’ driven industry

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to dateI am proud of the successes we have achieved growing NECSA membership, events and awareness during a challenging market and downturn in the economy. The industry is constantly evolving and we are adjusting to these changes by providing our members with the services and networking opportunities they need to thrive in this environment. There have been many striking moments in the last 20+ years, but in the last 5 with NECSA, having increased our revenue by over 20% and increasing membership and participation have been very rewarding.

Most challenging part of your job: Having a small staff to support a large area and juggling all the tasks and responsibilities that comes with having multiple roles.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Never forget the art of listening; mastering this skill can advance you in any position. Realizing that listening is an integral part of the sales process; being able to listen to your customers and potential clients will enable you to meet their needs.

Hobbies: Enjoying time with my husband and our four children ages 13,10,9 and 2.5  as well as running, biking, skiing, golf, painting, crafts, and traveling.