Jennifer Allen

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Jennifer Allen, SYSCOJennifer Allen

Sysco Boston LLC

Multi Unit Sales Manager*

Years with company:  Six years with Sysco Boston; five  years prior tenure with their sister company, The SYGMA Network Inc.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
22 years in food service distribution; held various positions in sales and customer account maintenance.  Associate in Business Admin Transfer, Target completion 2013.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I have been fortunate to work with many inspiring co-workers over the years.  The list is quite long. Those noteworthy individuals: Ann Manion; her professionalism, kindness and honesty helped mold the way I have approached my work life for years.  Elaine Meunier, whose roll-up-the-sleeve attitude regardless of gender stigmas taught me to play well in the sand box with any audience.  Andy Mahler, my direct boss for ten years, led myself and others with respect and credit for a job well done.  Lastly,  Kathi Taylor,  who I refer to as “Grace Kelly.”  She taught me how to work with in a very large corporation using style and grace. She is one of the best assets that Sysco Boston is proud to claim.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? I am most proud of retaining a reputation with in the food service account management field that transcends time. In other words, in this business you circle back towards co-workers, and customers. It’s nice to know that your name sticks and is remembered as the person who got the job done.

Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateNo defining moments per se; recently taken a new position which will demonstrate  and showcase some skills that have been silent for the last few years.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is balancing the company goals while supporting and exceeding the customer expectations which may not be always agreeable to all. I am often an Ambassador representing both. It takes a certain skill set to develop and retain relationships with in both segments your company and your customer.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: If I could give a piece of advice to younger executives it would be to be grateful and don’t take for granted the many tools available to help you perform whatever it is that you desire.  You are fortunate to be living and working in an exciting time in our global world of today.  Never stop developing or learning.

Hobbies: My hobbies include gardening, and music.  I am a singer-songwriter who performs locally.   Most notably is my original group called “The Jennifer Lee Band.”  We released a disc in 2009 called “The Bridge.”