This week North Carolina Marketing Solutions would like to recognize Damon Barnes for earning the Employee Spotlight! Damon started with us less than 2 months ago and has already made great strides in his mission of completing the management training program.
Damon was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until he moved to Cary, North Carolina where he currently lives. Growing up, Damon played football and was a running back. Damon’s favorite sport to watch is football and is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan! For fun, Damon enjoys spending his free time with family. His wife and three children. I would say that’s a lot to keep him busy!
Thanks for letting us get to know you a little bit better Damon! We look forward to seeing you continue to hit your goals in 2013!
This week North Carolina Marketing Solutions would like to recognize Tommy Hoff for earning the Employee Spotlight! Tommy has been with the company for just a few months and has quickly been able to earn numerous opportunities to showcase his amazing leadership skills. So, we decided to get to know Tommy a little bit better!
Tommy grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has also lived in Bamburg, Germany, Fayetteville, North Carolina, and most recently Raleigh, North Carolina.
Tommy attended New Palestine High School and Fayetteville Technical Community College. Throughout school Tommy participated in pretty much every sport that they offered. Football, basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, track, and golf! Wow! Busy guy!
As far as sports that he likes to watch, Tommy is a big football fan and roots for the Pittsburg Steelers. As far as what he likes to do for fun, Tommy enjoys making music and spending quality time with his five year old son, James.
We asked Tommy if he had any talents we didn’t know about and he responded with, “No talents. It’s all skills.” Probably why Tommy is progressing as quickly as he is in the business because he understands that hard work and determination are more powerful than talent any day!
Thanks for letting us get to know you a little bit better! We can’t wait to see what else you accomplish in 2013!
North Carolina Marketing Solutions would like to congratulate Carter Goolsby for earning this weeks Employee Spotlight. Carter has been with the company for only a month and has already milestones that usually take people months to achieve. So, we decided to get to know Carter a little bit better.
Carter is originally from Kentucky, however she has moved around quite a bit throughout her life. She has also lived in Virginia, Maryland, New York, and North Carolina where she finally settled down in Raleigh.
Carter attended Lenoir-Rhyne University and majored in Biology. She was also part of the Sigma Kappa Sorority. It was in her sorority that she first started to demonstrate her strong leadership skills where she served as the Vice President of Scholarship and served on the executive board.
As far as her interest in sports. Carter is a die hard Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan. For fun, Carter enjoys going out with her friends, spending time with her family, horseback riding, walking her dogs, and of course, cheering on her Kentucky Wildcats! Go UK!
For hobbies, Carter is really good with all different kinds of animals and worked as a veterinary technician for several years. She also loves reading, sleeping, exercising, and photography!
Thanks for letting us get to know you a little bit better. We can’t wait to see what else you will achieve in 2013!
North Carolina Marketing Solutions would like to congratulate Yahshanna Scott for earning the Employee Spotlight for last week! Yahshanna has been with the company for about two months now and has transformed into one of the top team leaders in the company. So, we decided to ask Yahshanna a few questions to get to know her a little better!
Yahshanna was born in Los Angeles, California but moved when she was very young. She grew up in Morehead City, North Carolina and currently lives in Durham. As far as her schooling, Yahshanna chose UNC Chapel Hill and did her undergraduate in Sociology and African American Studies. Shortly after completing her undergrad, she completed a masters degree in Mental Health Administration, and is currently working on completing her second masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. It is obvious that the reason Yahshanna has done so well in her short time working with us is because of her strong work ethic and desire to learn, wow!
When Yahshanna was in school she played basketball, volleyball, and ran track and field. She was also part of the cheerleading squad and was a member of the science club, and student council. Busy girl! Her love for sports didn’t end after she finished school, Yahshanna is still a big UNC fan. Go Tarheels!
In her free time, Yahshanna enjoys watching funny movies, going out to lounges with her friends, and spending days at amusement parks. But above all, she enjoys spending her downtime with her loved ones. Yahshanna is also an avid reader and writes short stories.
Thanks for letting us get to know you a little bit better Yahshanna! We look forward to seeing what you will accomplish in 2013!
North Carolina Marketing Solutions would like to welcome Deseree Joson to the administration team! So, as a new addition, we decided to get to know Deseree a little bit better!
Deseree was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. When it was time for her to attend college she chose Florida State University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Anthropology. Throughout her college career she was an active member in Chi Omega and was a Rho Gamma. This put her in charge of annual recruitment for the upcoming pledge classes of over 1000 girls for 15 different sororities!
As far as Deseree’s interest in sports, she is a Florida girl at heart. She is a die hard Florida State Seminoles fan and also roots for the Orlando Magic. In her free time, Deseree enjoys shopping, music, making up jokes (looks like we have a comedian on our hands!), and hanging out with her friends and dog. She even possesses some impressive hidden talents like the ability to hula hoop and run at the same time!
Thanks for letting us get to know you a little bit better, Deseree! North Carolina Marketing Solutions is excited to have you as a new member of the team!
North Carolina Marketing Solutions would like to recognize Malcolm Brown for earning the Employee Spotlight for last week. Malcolm has been with the company for less than three months and has already made great strides in his progression for the management training program. So, we decided to get to know him a little better!
Malcolm grew up and has spent most of his life in Shelby, North Carolina and recently relocated to Raleigh. He received a B.A. in Christian Studies from North Greenville University, and a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Johnson C. Smith University.
He has a had a strong sports background and was involved in four different sports throughout high school. He played baseball, football, basketball, and ran track.
His favorite sports teams are all Chicago based. The Cubs, Bulls, and Bears. Malcolm hopes to one day have season passes for each. As far as for what he likes to do for fun, Malcolm is a big traveler and has already been to over 40 different countries! Wow!
As for Malcolm’s talents, he is an ordained minister and has been preaching since he was just 13 years old, it’s one of his biggest passions. He also is an avid reader and has a library collection with over 7,000 books!
Thanks for letting us get to know you a little bit better Malcolm! We can’t wait to see you continue to go out and hit your goals!
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North Carolina Marketing Solutions would like to introduce our Assistant Manager, Alessandra Del Sesto. Alessandra attended Assumptions College in Worcester, MA and graduated in May 2010 with a major in Business Management and Accounting. She’s from a small town in Berlin, CT and has a huge family. She is the youngest of four children.
In June 2010, Alessandra joined Jolene Foor’s office which is located in Trumbull, CT. She accepted the role as assistant manager to our President, Paxton Rogers and has assisted in opening the Raleigh office. We asked Alessandra about her success, motivations, goals, and her advice to future leaders. Enjoy!
Q: What and who has influenced you while you’ve been with the company?
A: I’m still here because of the supportive work environment. No matter what happened there were always people around that supported me. Tim Nation, Paxton Rogers, and Jolene Foor have had the biggest affect on my development because they each taught me how to overcome obstacles on my own. I started with the company because I saw the opportunity to progress to management quickly and live a life where I could give back to people in ways that most people can’t. No matter what difficulties I faced, they never let me lose sight of that.
Q: What makes you successful?
A: My determination to get the job done. It took me 23 months to get promoted to assistant management and I never would have made it if giving up was an option. I set a goal for myself when I started and I was determined to reach it. I learned that, “It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get back up.” That’s a quote that I live by.
Q: What is your advice to someone just starting out?
A: The biggest advice that I can give to a someone new is to not worry about things that he/she can’t control. There are too many things that will just happen regardless. It’s important to only focus on the things we have control over like having fun and using the system. If they can master those two things, then getting promoted just follows.
Q: What’s your advice for more of a veteran representative?
A: The best advice that I can give to someone is to always believe in themselves and never give up. This business is more than just becoming good at sales, training, interviewing, and building relationships, it’s about personal development too and learning how to pick yourself up even after you’ve been knocked down. Being a leader is more than just a title, it’s about having a passion to make a difference with others and inspiring people with a vision for success. Strive to be that kind of leader.
Q: When did your mentality shift?
A: One Thursday night after team night I sat down and looked at my timeline through the business. I wrote out all of my successes and all of my “failures.” At that moment, I was able to put everything into perspective. In reflecting on my accomplishments since I started, I realized how much I had learned from the mistakes that I made. I decided at that time that I couldn’t settle for being average. I took on the mentality at that point that I didn’t care if it took me two years or two months to reach assistant management, regardless I was going to do it. I started spending more time with my guys and finding out what made them tick. I also read “How to Win Friends and Influence Others” and started to implement all the little things that Paxton had told me to start doing since we came down here in September. Seven weeks later I got promoted to assistant management and even now I won’t take my foot off the gas. This is just the beginning for me and I will no longer settle for just being average.
Q: Who motivates you?
A: Through the time that I spent with the company, I have met a lot of people who really motivated me and made me want to be better. Two people had the greatest impact on my success. Tim Nation, my leader in Connecticut, and Paxton Rogers my current manager. I saw both of them as leaders in the business. I also saw them both get promoted to assistant management and ultimately now they are both managers. They both always believed in me and knew that I was capable of more than I was giving. No matter how many times I was letting myself settle for just average they always pushed me to be better. Even though Tim is in Connecticut, I still hear his voice in the back of my head throughout the day when I’m trying to make a work related decision. That’s how you know someone’s leadership has had a great influence on you. As for Paxton, he never gave up on me and seeing how much he believed in me and helped me made me only want to reach my goals more.
Q: What are your long term goals?
A: My five year goal is to be promoted to Organizational Consultant. I love helping people reach their goals, that’s one of the main reasons I with the company because I would have that opportunity each day. Being solely responsible for the training and development of other reps is one of the most gratifying feelings I’ve ever had. I plan to promote at least one manager and two assistant managers my first year open to set me up to reach my 5 year goal of consultant. I also want to open up my office in either Nashville, TN or Dallas, TX. My ultimate goal in the company is to reach Senior National Consultant and manage a campaign and multiple offices.
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What a way to end July! This week we get to focus on someone that has definitely stepped up in every way manageable, Dwynetta Foster. Dwynetta started with NCMS towards the end of May and has worked her way to a leadership position with ease.
Prior to NCMS Dwynetta graduated from ECPI University where she majored in Criminal Justice. After graduation, she joined the Marine Corps where she was able to spend 15 months in Iwakuni, Japan. Serving others is a theme for Dwynetta; she has always been involved with different non-profit organizations spending her time wherever it’s needed. She is an active volunteer for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Awareness, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Golden Key Honor Society. When she’s not volunteering, Dwynetta roots for the University of North Carolina Tarheels and the Dallas Cowboys!
Since Dwynetta has been with the company, she has proven herself time and again to be the ‘go to’ person in the office. She has run multiple morning meetings where she has been responsible for the training and development of other representatives within the office. We’re very excited to have her in the office and can’t wait to see what else she has in store for North Carolina Marketing Solutions!
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