Robin L. Root

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ROOT,-Robin-2Robin L. Root

Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC.
Director Northeast Sales

Years with company:  8

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: Attended SUNY Broome College – Business Management.  Completed numerous training and development programs focusing on professional and personal growth.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:  My greatest mentor is my mother.   She has always supported her children 100% and encouraged us to pursue new opportunities fearlessly.  Throughout my career in the food industry, I have been fortunate to be guided by talented and generous mentors.  My current boss, Bob Squires (VP Retail Sales & Marketing) continues to challenge me to think outside of the box and my comfort zone – driving me to develop innovative approaches to new business ideas.   Early in my career John Yannuzzi (River Valley Foods) introduced me to the food industry and provided sound guidance as I transitioned to new roles and responsibilities.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to date?  I don’t have a specific defining moment.   Every day, I look back and assess if I successfully completed what I set out to achieve.  At the end of the day, if my company is successful, I’m proud of my contribution to the team.

Most challenging part of your job:  In today’s business environment, one of the most challenging aspects is to continue to anticipate changes in our customers’ needs and then quickly respond to those changes.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:  Work hard and be true to your word.  And, don’t be afraid to take a risk.

Hobbies:  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and sitting by the pool.