Sales Management — S3, Inc.
Explain your career path
A pleasurable independent career journey... Although the beach was tempting, I caught the wave of telecommunications by gaining immediate employment with a company called Dictaphone (now Pitney Bowes). and after brief instructional training, fast became the top sales rep to lawyers and doctors for both their professional answering systems and dictation equipment. After being offered a sales management position, I changed companies to gain a better income from a draw + commission position with a smaller company that had one piece of office equipment which had a great demand in numerous office environments. After a couple of years of earning and saving the income, started a competitive telecommunications business which had several bigger fish offers, so I took one of them and bought several properties, after four attempts to retire, I retired early and learned how to grow investments from there. I have to credit my SEMO education for the foundation, now live at the beach in California and travel a lot for fun.
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
Marketing Management with the specialty in sales management.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
The potential for knowledge, personal growth and the instructors consistent encouragement which started in my junior year to further look ahead and stay on track. E. Victor Williams was a big influence.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
E. Victor Williams; I'll never forget his directing efforts.
Share your best college memory.
Daily study habits that increase my grades, hot chocolate and football games with wholesome and great fun friends.
If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.
Learning to communicate through selling and negotiating.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
Fearlessly have a success everyday, be attentive and sit up straight in class, keep your feet on the ground, your eyes open and leap when you see the right opportunities.
Describe Southeast in three words.
A great opportunity
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Avoid the numerous obstacles of distraction from completing worthwhile goals, including joining school offered clubs, which do provide long term benefits.