Controlled chaos is a great oxymoron and - it's how I feel my career has evolved over the past few years. Shortly after graduating from MSU (in May 2000) and winning my first full-time position at VSI Holdings, my mother, father, grandparents and close mentor's advice came true once again. Nothing comes easy (especially in Detroit.) I had found a great company to work for (side by side with 100's of great people) and it didn't work out. Not because I was fired, but the large holding company closed the doors and it was time for all of us to roll up our sleeves and move on.
I thrived on the spontaneity of that first job – so I immediately went back to work for a great company that I did an internship for in 1998 called Budco: The Dialogue Company. I was fortunate enough to have several management roles at Budco and worked under great leadership who had an entrepreneurial spirit. I admired many of the great mentors and witnessed how loyalty, leadership, passion and IT expertise aided in the company's incredible growth.
During my own entrepreneurial moonlighting gig starting in 2005 (with a partner based out of Saginaw), we successfully facilitated the rapid growth of an emerging ecommerce surgical supply company, Freshmenz Marketing Group. We aggressively winning several major Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) RFP’s. Then after strategically acquiring funding in late 2006 by a Management Company based out of Saginaw, Michigan, we opened a new office in Wixom, MI and I worked with organizations such as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to help the surgical supply company network in Southeast Michigan to promote breakthrough growth. In early 2007, with this great entrepreneurial success in the surgical supply business, I carried on to other consultation jobs (with CJPS Enterprises) within the healthcare industry prior to joining SmartFinds Internet Marketing, entering back into marketing communications full time.
Today, having had experience with many fortune 100 clients and developing many great relationships built on trust, hard work and integrity, my vision (along with my partners) for our region is growth. My background is extremely diversified so I'm comfortable with clients in the automotive, non-profit, healthcare and retail industries, which is perfectly suited for building digital marketing and social media strategies. At Biznet, our team works hard - and long hours are sometimes necessary due to the company's growth with large projects and a large amount of new projects. Recently, I have been fortunate to work with many great people who are just as determined to continue moving the ball forward. If jobs don't exist, let's create them… There is certainly enough work to go around!