Dolores Flink

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Delores Flink, UNFIDolores Flink

UNFI – United Natural Foods, Inc.
Director of Business Development

Years with company:  I’ve been in the business since 1983, so this makes it 30 years.  I was with Millbrook Distribution Services for the first 24 years, and joined UNFI when they acquired Millbrook in 2007.

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:  Assumption College, Business/Accounting, Network of Executive Woman, Massachusetts Food Association.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
Bob Sigel was the president/chief executive officer of Millbrook who provided me with opportunities for growth throughout my 24 years at Millbrook, starting as a part-time clerk in accounting through my final position of vice president of sales.  Since I’ve been at UNFI, I have been mentored by Craig Smith, our president of the East Region, and Dennis Hatchett, our executive vice president for the East Region. They have provided me with the opportunity to build the Business Development organization that I manage today.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
I was very proud to be one of the first female account managers at Millbrook and continued to grow in sales to become vice president of business development and vice president of sales.  I found my home in sales; and business development became my passion.  UNFI welcomed me into their fold and supported this passion fully.  Since I joined in 2007, I’ve been very actively involved in many new business ventures and started a new business development department from the ground up.

Most challenging part of your job:
There is never a dull moment!  Our industry has changed tremendously since I first joined Millbrook, through consolidation and eroding margins.  Maintaining a reputation of exceptional service and integrity in business, within this very competitive environment, can be challenging and also very rewarding.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
Do what you love; the rest comes easy.  Never stop learning.  Embrace change.

Boating!  It’s no secret that my other passion in life is my boat.  I’m known as the Sea Hag during the summer months.