Amy Baldovin

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Amy Baldovin, NYACSAmy Baldovin

New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS)

Years with company: 11 years

Education degrees and professional / volunteer organizations:
B.S. in Business Administration, SUNY Albany
Member, Empire State Society of Association Executives

Mentors and how they have assisted you in your career:
Jim Calvin, the president of NYACS, has been the most significant mentor in my current position, teaching me creative problem-solving techniques and the value of working as part of a team. With his help, we seem to achieve near-impossible goals. Another mentor in my life was my mother who taught me the value of determination, strength and taking pride in one’s work. A third “mentor” in my life has been the small-business convenience store owners and operators with whom I deal in my career. I admire them greatly and try to emulate the strong work ethic they show on a daily basis.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
The defining moment of my career would have to be my promotion to events planner, a function I still perform for NYACS. I am most proud of having reached a level of competence in my position that I feel I have the respect and appreciation of my boss, the NYACS board, and the membership. A personally satisfying career moment was getting baseball Hall-of-Famer Goose Gossage to attend a NYACS event

Most challenging part of your job:
The most challenging part of my job is meeting planning. Often, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. It becomes my job to fix it.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
Take pride in your work. Not only does it ultimately bring you recognition but it will help make your job more satisfying. And keep in mind that no client/customer/colleague is too small to deserve appreciation and respect. Consider Aesop’s fable of the lion and the mouse.

I devote my leisure time to history, baseball, architecture and American cut glass. I’ve recently taken up kayaking and so far, haven’t gone overboard.