The best relationships in life are those that take years to build. Learning how someone thinks, how they communicate, and what they value are the rewards of loyalty and invested time. When I spoke with Seattle BDM Kevin Clark this week, I couldn’t help but reflect on the quote, “What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.” In many ways the work of a BDM is marked by the same longevity as a lifelong friendship; two parties overcoming obstacles with the other’s best interest at heart.
In the last 40 years, Aramark Refreshment Services has evolved into a vibrant representation of the best the refreshments industry has to offer. One thing that has stayed the same during that evolution, is Shelby Blue-Lindgren, BDM from San Diego.
One of life’s simple pleasures is putting in an honest day’s work. This week, I had the opportunity to meet Jesse Allen, Route Sales Manager from Tidewater of the Central Virginia market center while he was loading his truck from a route run. One thing I always admire about the RSM’s I talk to is their willingness to get their hands dirty and lead by example. Jesse is no different.
The Law of Attraction states that our mind has the power to translate our thoughts into reality. Every day, our thoughts and emotions act like magnets bringing in what they give out. This week I was lucky enough to talk with an individual who epitomizes the positive impact of a strong mind and stronger work ethic. Alba Morda Silvestri is an Account Executive from Philadelphia. Her confidence and outlook cannot help but attract that same energy from every person she touches.
The last few weeks have been anything but normal. Our business and personal lives have been rocked to their core. Times like these have a funny way of revealing the best in people, however. This week I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Horne, Inventory and Warehouse Manager in Nashville. Mike is one of the most motivated and engaged individuals I have spoken with in my time writing the Beat.
Simon Sinek once said, “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” This quote was shared with me by East Region Zone Sales Manager of the Year, Jonathan Hill. In Jon I found a teacher, someone who simply loves to share his wisdom with those who will listen.
In my time writing the Beat I have referred to several roles as the “face of Refreshment Services.” Truth be told, every role is a “face” in its own way. I learned from Pittsburgh BDM Bruce Barnes that the Business Development Manager role is no different.
How many times have you been on the phone with customer service and felt like you were speaking with an automated messaging service? Conversely how many times has great customer service made your day?
Isn’t it funny how we always seem to end up right where we are supposed to be? This week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Operations Manager Sean, whose career in coffee has spanned from farm to consumer – out clients!
How often do you think about the simple joys in life, like laughing? Thanks to my conversation with Key Account Executive of the Year Dahnell, I am not only more aware of all of the small things that factor into success, I also have a new outlook on life.