Cheryl Hinkson

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Hinkson,-CherylCheryl Hinkson

Director of Operations

Years with company: 28

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: Bachelor Degree, Business Administration and Management, Project Management Certificate, Network of Executive Women (NEW), Massachusetts Food Association(MFA), Volunteer Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I have had many mentors in my career and they all have helped me in different ways.  Some created a path for me to grow in my careers, some were a sounding board and provided honest feedback and others challenged me to think outside the box and try new things.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to date? The proudest moments for me are when I see someone that I had a hand in their development achieve their career goals.  I enjoy developing associates and being a mentor to others.  A defining moment for me was when I made the decision to move myself and my family to advance my career.  I moved from Maine where I have always lived to Massachusetts to take on the role of Director of Operations.  A new role in a new state took me outside my comfort zone and challenged me to be a stronger leader.

Most challenging part of your job: Balancing the needs to the customers, associates and stake holders.  Sometime they have competing priorities and in my role I need to balance the needs of all them at different levels to execute on all the priorities.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Be yourself and focus on your strengths.  We all have skills that we are strong in and skills are not our strengths.  Sometime we spend too much time trying to excel at a skill that is not a strength and get frustrated since it is not truly who we are.  We may not be able to change our areas that are not as strong for us but we can manage those skills that we are not as strong in and excel at the skills that are our strengths.

Hobbies: Reading, Exercising and Cooking