Sharon Skeffington

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Skeffington,-Sharon-Sharon Skeffington

Associated Grocers of New England
Store Design & Equipment Coordinator

Years with company: 15 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with a Minor in Marketing Management from Notre Dame College. I’m an active member of AGNE’s Community Connection Committee, an in-house foundation that helps support local charities. I work annually with the Capitol Region Food Bank and their Holiday Food Program. I’m a member of the AMC, as well as the NH 4000 Footers Club.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: There are two co-workers who have mentored me throughout my career at AGNE and have been instrumental in my success. Cindy Caldwell, VP of Finance, continually challenges me to work outside my comfort zone and to realize I have an important voice within the organization. Mike Violette, Senior VP of Sales & Retail Development, has been a champion in my professional development. His unwavering support has helped me realize my own potential, and provided me with strategies to achieve my career goals and objectives. Both Cindy and Mike lead by example, building relationships through trust, honesty and respect. I continually strive to emulate their integrity in my own professional relationships.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? I’m most proud of my promotion to Store Designer. My background is in Advertising and Graphic Arts. Designing retail floor layouts for AGNE’s store expansions or remodels has been a perfect fit for me. I feel very fortunate to be working at something I truly love and feel passionate about.

Most challenging part of your job: Coordinating project variables, resolving problems and seeing it all come together in the end gives me a great sense of accomplishment. But the part of my job I find most challenging as well as rewarding, is taking a customer’s design ideas and equipment requirements and turning them into solutions that will ultimately increase their sales and maximize their profits.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Don’t take yourself too seriously. No one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is to not dwell on them. Learn the lesson it affords you and move on. Have a good attitude, be positive and try not to complain. Strive to be the solution, not the problem.

Hobbies: In my spare time, I enjoy drawing, painting and hiking in NH’s White Mountains. I also enjoy riding my bike and motor scooter.