Robin Gough-O’Brien

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Gough,-RobinRobin Gough-O’Brien

Checkers and Rally’s Restaurants
Sr. Director of Operations Services
Years with company: 10



Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: Master’s of Science in Strategic Management, Project Management Certified

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: A variety of mentors who stand out for me. Ron DePentu, teacher, instilled excellence and showed that praise, well-deserved and sparing, has impact. My grandmother, was mom, supporter, defender, and friend who embodied living life in the moment, overcoming adversity, embracing conflict and challenges with humor. I actively live to honor her. Adam Noyes stretches my technical and leadership skills, creates opportunities and gives his time and wisdom freely, both personally and professionally. Terri Snyder and Lori Malcolm offer unique perspectives and provide insight professionally and culturally. Rick Silva dispenses feedback and mentors me on how I need to direct my focus, energies, and humor.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateThe legacies of people that I have developed during my career are my greatest achievements. That exponential continuum of me giving, others receiving and them giving, is most powerful to me. My recent defining moment occurred at the Women’s Foodservice Forum. It was a unique, nourishing time to connect with other senior leaders, re-energize, and see opportunities beyond our company, beyond me, that I could absolutely impact. More than that, I walked away with a deep obligation to give back what has been given to me.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is balance! I love what I do and guarding the balance of my roles is a constant job.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: My advice for upcoming younger executives is to spend time knowing who you are, where you want to be in life, and create a ‘business plan’ for you. This defines how you want to live, act, and become and that will permeate every facet of what you do. That empowers you and others will be drawn to you.

Hobbies: I love spending time with my wife traveling, hiking, and cycling. Our children are a delight and they often join in our activities. My ‘me’ time is riding my motorcycle and scuba diving.