Under 40: Monique Gregoire, American Solutions for Business
Monique Gregoire, 36
Executive Director of Finance
American Solutions for Business, Glenwood, Minn.
Monique Gregoire has only been with American Solutions for Business (ASB) for about a year, but she already serves on the distributorship’s senior leadership team, in addition to overseeing the finance team. A University of St. Thomas – Minnesota alumni, Gregoire started her ASB career as a controller after then company Vice President Justin Zavadil recruited her. Her background is in finance, accounting, audit, manufacturing and process improvement.
Why she loves the industry: This industry is fast-moving and constantly changing. I love the pace and the opportunities to grow and learn.
Age roadblocks and advantages: At this age in life, I’ve experienced enough that I am comfortable working in the fast-paced environment of the print and promo industry; but, at the same time, I realize there is still so much to learn.
Her biggest career influence: David Del Zoppo, the retired vice president of finance at ASB. I was lucky enough to have David as a mentor for my first year in the industry prior to his retirement. The knowledge and experience he passed on to me in just one year was above and beyond what I could have ever expected. He set me up for future success and, for that, I am so thankful.
Her most meaningful business accomplishment: For me, it was learning that it is all about the people. I work hard to provide a flexible environment that [gives] employees balance and a motivation that drives results.
Her differentiating factor: Technology is a big focus for us at ASB. We work hard to make sure we are investing the right tools to support our customers, sales reps and employees.
What she does for fun: I love to spend time with my family, travel and practice yoga.
(The following profile appeared in Print+Promo’s “Rise Up” cover story in the February 2017 issue.)
Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.