SHIFTer of the Month
I am from a small town approximately 4 hours East of the city called Manitouwadge. I was born and raised in Manitouwadge and moved to Thunder Bay in 2011 for college. When I moved to Thunder Bay, I originally pursued a career in Electrical Engineering but decided after the first year that it was not for me. When I first started the Business Marketing Program at Confederation College it seemed to come natural to me. I graduated after two years with a Business Marketing Diploma as well as a Business Administration Marketing Diploma after my third year. The third year of the program is also where you get to choose a work placement. I applied for a placement at Equipment World Inc. where I still work today as the Bobcat Sales/Rentals Specialist.
Outside of work life I enjoy hanging out with friends, family and my girlfriend, Dani, as well as going to the gym. Moving to Thunder Bay back in 2011 was the logical and economical choice as I already had a place to live and it was not too far from my family. Overall, I enjoy the City of Thunder Bay. It is large enough that it has everything you really need, but small enough that it doesn’t take forever to get around. In the summer time I enjoy camping, fishing, and exercising outdoors. It is nice to have lots of space around and not having to drive to go find rural areas.
As I mentioned earlier, I started working at Equipment World as a placement student fresh out of the marketing program. Once my placement ended after four months, I was offered the position of Rental Sales Coordinator. A lot of my job was spent going from business to business and different construction sites talking about rental equipment and building relationships with my customers. We took on the Bobcat brand last summer to which I am the General manager and also the main Sales Specialist for the Division. I still frequently work with the rental crew but my main focus has now changed to selling Bobcat equipment.
I believe the company benefits Thunder Bay by finding new and innovative ways to make everyday tasks more manageable with the use of various types of equipment. I believe that myself and the organization do indirectly bring the city forward. When I sell a machine to a contracting company, they are likely using that machine on a construction site that helps build things like hotels, restaurants, condominiums/apartment buildings etc. while at the same time creating new jobs for the individuals that operate equipment. The work that we do acts as building blocks for the contracting firms in the area to help make the city a bigger and brighter place to live.
I originally joined SHIFT because my girlfriend, Dani Ashley, figured it would be a good way to market myself as well as network with other young professionals in the area. I guess my message would be to encourage other individuals who have never thought about sales as an exciting career choice to give it a try! Every day is always different and there is never an end to how much you can learn!