Four years ago I left corporate America. Why, because I was sick of helping “the man” and building someone else’s dream.
At 27, I became a Director of Sales and Marketing. I had a nanny, a new car, season tickets to the ballet for my oldest child and myself. How was I able to get to such a prestigious title? Not because of a four-year degree or because I have an MBA in business management because I don’t.
In 2010, I worked a horrible homicide when I worked EMS I knew before even leaving the scene after 3 minutes it was the last call I would ever run.
Having two small children at home, I decided to take a leap of faith. I had been taking classes to become a professional bridal consultant and knew I wanted to do weddings like in “Bride Wars” so I set out to get a job in sales at a hotel.
But, I had ZERO experience outside of helping the doctors offices I worked at with social media and the job I had selling ads for a classified newspaper for a summer in high school. I was unqualified.
But, I wasn’t going to let that stop me from my dream. My dad was a salesman with no degree either. I knew it could be done, but it was going to take a lot of hard work.
So, that afternoon I got in my car armed with my resume and a well-written cover letter and set out to find a job, any job in a hotel in Bricktown (Downtown OKC). I knew getting my foot in the door I could do just that.
I was hired on the spot to work the front desk. I quickly landed an internship with prestigious Bridal Consultant. For six months I worked at the hotel and for the bridal consultant seven days a week sometimes 16-18 hours a day. After those grueling six months, I landed my first sales job at a competing Marriott property.
That first sales job I was a “Catering Sales Manager” for the social market. I was selling weddings while it may not have been the Plaza hotel at 25 it felt like it. Fast forward six years and I have worked at four different Marriott properties with a closing rate of 83%. I have owned three small businesses. 2 of them I have closed. The third one is BOOMING.
Why, because I have done the work. I have used all my life and worked experiences and knowledge of people to help me build a relationship marketing agency.
All the BIGGEST names in business have had one thing in common. The ability to talk to and manage people. I have spent 19 years, more than half my life studying those people.
Why else do you think an uneducated girl from Oklahoma has been able to build a 6-figure marketing agency?
Because hard work doesn’t scare me. Because helping people is in my blood. Because actively listening to my clients allows me to help them.
Because no matter how big my business has become. I still know when I come from.
I know what it is like to leave a domestic violence marriage and to be scared. Scared of them finding you, scared of them being right I wasn’t good enough, and being scared to fail.
I know what it is like to be a single mom working 16 hours a day to make ends meat with a newborn.
I know what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck.
I know what it is like to not know how your bills are going to get paid.
But I also know what it is like to walk into a Fortune 500 company and be able to lead the room in a discussion to find a solution for their marketing short comings.
I built my business to help small businesses because deep down that is who I care about.
Because that is who I am.