Ingrid Crane

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Ingrid Crane, Imperial Distributors

Ingrid Crane

Imperial Distributors, Inc.
Supervisor in N.Y. Metro / N.J. Servicing Stop & Shop

Years with company:  Eight years

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
I am fortunate to have a career with Imperial Distributors. I am surrounded by colleagues and mentors that I admire.  Imperial Distributors promotes the same ideals, values and work ethic as myself; this remains a major contributor behind my success and achievements. The one person that stands out as my mentor is my former operations manager, Dave Underwood. Dave had been my immediate supervisor for seven years and has inspired me to pursue my goals with hard work and dedication. Under Dave’s leadership I flourished from being a part-time employee to becoming a supervisor. Dave would constantly challenge me and encourage me to think “outside the box.”  Through his mentoring I learned to be an effective manger.   As a result, I have a proven track record of successfully increasing sales in my district. It is my constant  goal to exceed expectations and extract value from every endeavor.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements?
The career achievement that I am most proud of is a 2012 “Distinction Award for Leadership” awarded to me for “Leadership by Example” by Imperial Distributors.  Knowing that my company acknowledges and appreciates my efforts is extremely rewarding.

Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? The most defining moment of my career would be the successful professional growth that I have experienced for the past eight years working at Imperial Distributors.

Most challenging part of your job:
The most challenging part of my job is to overcome obstacles that I have no control over. With a combination of teamwork and determination my district and I are able to effectively work through any situation. I recently took a lateral position which required me to relocate. This presented me with an opportunity to make a positive change in my new district. To be able to watch the growth in my team is extremely rewarding. I am proud of my district; they are a hard-working group and they make me strive to be a better supervisor.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
My advice for upcoming younger executives is to make every day your best day. Give your job 100 percent; a strong work ethic is a reflection of you. Develop your business  relationships with trust. Believe in yourself; the possibilities are endless.