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NEW Community members share ‘Why I Love My Region’

Krista Specht

Krista Specht, communications lead of NEW New England, is the grand prize winner of the NEW Member Community’s “Why I Love My Region” essay contest.

Specht, account manager at UNFI, was awarded an iWatch 3 for her essay, one of dozens posted in NEW’s online Member Community. 

“For me, the New England region has provided me with a strong network to learn from, be empowered by and be a part of,” Specht’s essay read.

“Regardless of each individual's current status, everyone is open and willing to share, teach, connect and grow with one another,” she wrote. “Through NEW New England, I have not only made many professional and personal relationships, but also have found a mentor.”

NEW members who participated in the “Why I Love My Region” essay contest were entered in their region’s drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. The winners are:

NEW Atlanta 
Kelly Rolader, global director, revenue growth management, The Coca-Cola Company

NEW Carolinas
Sue Galati, senior sales executive, integrated media sales, Valassis

NEW Cincinnati
René Robers, customer marketing manager, Heineken USA

NEW Greater Philadelphia
Peggy Allen, director of client relations, David Perry Associates

NEW Idaho
Natosha Walsh, director of sales, Hormel Foods Corporation

NEW Mid-Atlantic
Micky Nye, regional vice president, operations, Supervalu East

NEW Northwest Arkansas
Carol Vella, senior shopper marketing manager, Del Monte Foods Inc.

NEW Northern California
Erin Monahan, California retail product specialist, Perdue Farms

NEW New York Metro
Lori Stockel, group manager, learning and training, retail, Nestlé Waters NA

NEW New England
Dana Kelly, national account manager, chain, drug and mass, The J.M. Smucker Company

NEW North Texas
Robin Shivers, communications analyst, 7-Eleven Inc.

NEW Pacific Northwest
Desiree Frey, senior analyst, business process, T-Mobile USA

NEW Phoenix
Joan Bergstrom

NEW members were invited to post essays of 240 words or less describing “Why I Love My Region” in the NEW Community Open Forum from November 30, 2017 to March 16, 2018. NEW Members may log in to the NEW Community to read all of the essays.