Christine Letares

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Letares,-Christine-Christine Letares

Associated Grocers of New England, Inc.
Center Store Buyer

Years with company: 5 years. Prior to this, I worked for a small convenience store distributor for 23 years, where I bought many different categories and was responsible for numerous accounting functions.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
Bachelor Degree in Business Management & Accounting from Franklin Pierce University

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I have had many mentors in my life, and the three who stand out the most are, first, my mother, who taught me to be strong and independent. Second is Emile Tetu, the man who owned that small distributor. Emile impressed upon me the importance of doing things right the first time, and gave me the opportunity to learn all aspects of the business. Most recently is my current manager, Karen St. Louis, who has given me new challenges and opportunities, and the encouragement to learn new categories in the procurement world.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to dateMaking the transition from a small family owned company to a large corporation was a defining moment in my life. At first, I did not think that I would make it and then realized that no matter how a big a company is, you know that you are home when you walk through the door in morning.

Most challenging part of your job: One of the most challenging parts of my job is balancing home and work. Another is determining which new items are innovative enough to bring in, and will sell.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: My advice would be to actively listen and surround yourself with people who are positive. Someone once said to me, “plan your work, work you plan.” It is important to have a goal each day even if you do not accomplish it every time.

Hobbies: I like spending time with my family, gardening and reading.