How to Avoid Job Interview Stress: Tips from 45 Inc's CEO


Are you looking for a job and getting nervous about the interview process? Here at 45 Inc., we understand you’re definitely not alone. A job search can be really tough, no matter how many times you’ve been on one before. From what to say, to what to wear, there can be a lot of unanswered questions without preparation.

I believe there are two types of people when it comes to the interview process. Ones that perform better under pressure, and ones who crack under stressful situations.Many of us fall into the second category. If that’s you, that just means you have to do a little extra preparation when it comes to nailing your upcoming interview. To help better equip you, I have combined my best advice when it comes to interviewing prep.

Try to Avoid Negative Thinking

To only way to conquer an interview is to be confident. The employer already reviewed your resume, you received a call – now it’s time to shine! Don’t let the negativity in your mind slip in and alter your personality. There will always be doubts such as: “What if they ask me a question that absolutely stumps me and I look unintelligent?” If you are well prepared, you will naturally be able to share some answers which reflect positively on your strengths. If you are completely stumped, say something like “that’s a great question, can I give that some additional thought and get back to you?”. You can even use this as a chance to have a follow-up conversation with the hiring team.


Practice truly makes perfect. The more comfortable you are when it comes to interviews, the less anxiety you will feel about the entire process. Meet with your previous coaches, mentors, and friends for a couple mock trial runs. This too will help give you better insight into your strengths. These people will be able to critique you and share honest feedback to make sure you are conducting the interview in a way that highlights your strengths and what you can bring to the table.

Focus On Your Goal

Your goal is to obtain a position at the place of employment you desire. Keep the forefront of your mind focused on the success of this vs. the struggle. I learn best by visualizing images of success in my head. Try to imagine what your interactions will be like with your interviewer in a positive manner. If you are too busy focusing on negatives, you may pass up a chance of landing the perfect gig.

At 45 Inc. we believe in giving our candidates the benefit of the doubt as we understand nerves are high during the interview process. Our office focuses directly on making sure our interviewees are comfortable and have the best experience possible during their time with us. We play fun music in our lobby and offer friendly conversation in hopes we will calm your nerves. Our hope is that everyone walks out of our office feeling like they performed their best interview possible. So remember you got this, take a deep breath, and show them what you got!

For more information on jobs at 45 Inc. or more tips, visit our LinkedIn Page!

Wrinardo McKennedy

A Year in Review: 45 Inc Takes 2017 by Storm


To say 2017 was a successful year here at 45 Inc Birmingham would be an understatement. We had a MONSTROUS year and our pride in the accomplishments our organization produced is IMMENSE! Wonder what kept us so busy this past year and has us looking forward to 2018 with so much excitement? Here’s what:


It was a year of growth, both for our company and for our people. Staying true to our company’s mission “to give our team the freedom to create their own security through systems, standards and commitment,” we promoted dozens of individuals into leadership roles within our organization, 3 into Assistant Management positions (shout-out Jay, Teresa, and Jeremy), and 2 into Management roles (Cori & Harrison) – helping our company and client expand from Birmingham to Memphis and Fort Smith, Arkansas. As rewarding as it was to see the development of Cori and Harrison while they were working within our Birmingham office, we find it even more rewarding to see them overseeing their own offices and markets. They are THE perfect illustration of what our firm’s Management Training Program is intended to do!


To keep up with our team’s outstanding performances, our client brought 2 MAJOR game-changers to the table in 2017 – 1) being the #1 CRM software in the world and 2) the opportunity for us to sell wireless services on behalf of our industry leading client (a feature only available online and in-store). The advancement in technology alone at 45 Inc Birmingham increased our team's performance by over 145%, securing our client more customers and our team higher commissions and bonuses. Paired with the software was a company-issued tablet per team member. This allowed our sales team the tools needed to become more competitive and provide each customer a better buying experience.


Our year was chock full of travel – both for work and for fun! We started out the year in the Lone Star State, traveling with our management team to Austin, TX. We set goals for 2017, networked with the best in the marketing & sales industry, and took tons of notes to improve our leadership ability in the New Year. A few months later we found ourselves heading to Baton Rouge for a national sales conference, where our team picked up some serious hardware and our CEO, Wrinardo McKennedy was recognized on stage for being an outstanding leader and pace-setter for our client! Most notably, October took us internationally to Punta Cana – an experience complete with cruising the Caribbean, a foam party, and 4 days of rest & relaxation!


The unity of our team strengthened considerably in 2017 due to our conscious efforts at promoting activities both inside and outside of the office! Whether we were bowling, taking a day off of work to spend at the beach or paintballing, our team had fun and they did it together. With our culture being a big source of pride for us at 45 Inc Birmingham, making sure we on-boarded the right people was crucial! With the team we’ve hand selected in 2017, we’re confident 2018 is going to be an even bigger year for us.


2017 was especially memorable as our company became more engaged within our community! Focusing our efforts on Alzheimer’s Research and Habitat for Humanity, our team spent many a day at the Habitat Restore or at a home building site giving back graciously of their time. In 2018 we intend to get even more involved within the Birmingham community, showing all businesses that no matter your size, your impact can be felt.

With such a great foundation laid for 2017, our executive team is spending the last week of the year strategizing and goal-setting for an even bigger year to come. Our intentions are to expand into 8 new cities, and accordingly, we foresee more client growth, travel, promotions, team-building, and philanthropy activities to come. Don’t miss a beat with us on either Instagram or Facebook and from our 45 Inc Birmingham family to yours, Happy New Year!

No Lids, No Limits: Bryant's Story 💪


It goes without saying that the talent at 45 Inc Birmingham is extraordinary – educated, talented, hard-working, and ambitious. A marketing & sales firm that develops entrepreneurial spirits from entry level to management positions, skill is nothing our organization is short of. Coming across someone who has overcome more hurdles than most, though, and has yet to place limitations or restraints on his success is extremely rare. Confidence like Bryant Williams has is almost unheard of at 22.

From Miami to Maryland and finally Birmingham at the age of 7, Bryant spent his formative years as the only child of two adoring parents! An upstanding kid who never met a stranger, Bryant grew up a social butterfly who excelled at whatever he committed to. Whether it was Boy Scouts, swimming, basketball, or football, Bryant easily made friends and contributed greatly to every team he joined. When he was shockingly struck by cancer at the age of 10 and again at 13, Bryant persevered with the strength of someone 3 times his age. Experiencing an illness no child should ever have to endure, Bryant emerged victoriously - a survivor who never believed there was any other option than a full recovery.

Holding still to his faith, Bryant returned to school sure that he was alive to fulfill a higher purpose – he knew that his voice and influence could one day impact thousands of people. Getting back out on the football field, Bryant kept pursuing his passion for the game – one day hoping to join the National Football League. When his father told him that even athletes needed to have good grades, Bryant buckled down and found a strong interest in a “Mock Trial” course his school offered. This was a gateway to him studying political science and criminal justice the next 4 years in college.

When debating where to attend and doing tours all over the state, Bryant settled on his parent’s alma mater – The University of Alabama Birmingham! Joining Kappa Alpha Psi his freshman year, Bryant enjoyed the benefits of a social, philanthropic, and leadership focused brotherhood. It was there he met Je’Niah Jackson, fellow Team Lead here at 45 Inc Birmingham and the individual who encouraged him to come and interview with the company!

Despite knowing that he would be pursuing his law degree after graduation, Bryant interviewed for a full-time position never once thinking that he couldn’t handle both. He came in for an interview with CEO, Wrinardo, immediately connected with the company and its mission, and happily accepted a position with 45 Inc Birmingham in early August!

Since his time with us, Bryant has flawlessly managed the course load of a first-year student at the Birmingham School of Law and a demanding career within our firm’s Management Training Program. When asked how he manages it all, Bryant gives us the advice to “surround yourself with people who motivate and inspire you. Without negative influence, you don't think you're incapable of something. If you silence your doubters and your mind, there’s nothing you can’t do.”

In his spare time (which we have no idea is when – haha) Bryant LOVES catching up with his favorite shows on Netflix (Scandal and One Tree Hill to name a few), staying active, and spending time with his extended family and parents! A mature, balanced, wholesome, and honorable young man, Bryant helps our entire team at 45 Inc Birmingham lift their “lid” and strive for the best version of their professional selves. In featuring him as “October’s Rising Star,” we wanted him to know just how impressed we are by his convictions and to thank him for the positive energy he exudes.

As Bryant reminds us, without limitations we’re all capable of greatness.

He's the Real Deal: Meet Derrick Jackson


It’s amazing what work ethic and confidence together can produce. The answer here at 45 Inc Birmingham is the #1 sales representative in the entire country!

Meet Derrick Jackson – a music loving, faith driven, hard working Birmingham native! A product of the Magic City’s roughest streets, Derrick grew up with his grandparents as 1/30 siblings, never letting his circumstances define his future. Discovering a passion for music early in his high school years, he threw his focus into playing for his schools drumline and managing choreography for the Birmingham Board Of Education.

Attending the Birmingham JobCorp after his high school graduation, Derrick studied business management with a desire to work face-to-face with people. He quickly found himself holding jobs where he was able to engage with customers, but work that didn’t stimulate or keep him challenged for long. Before finding the 45 Inc team, Derrick last worked with Yellow Cab – a job he attributes to helping him build better conversational skills with strangers.  When he interviewed with 45 Inc and connected with the management team over the company’s unlimited growth based on merit, Derrick knew he had found his professional “home.”

After a month at 45 Inc, Derrick was already setting sales records, consistently earning over $2,000 a week in commissions. Fast forward to the last week of 2017 and he was named, by our client, the #1 sales representative in the COUNTRY over 20 weeks. Mind you this is out of over 1000 individuals stretching from coast to coast. This past week alone Derrick acquired our client 37 new customers, a new record unheard of in company history.

When asked what helps him consistently raise the bar and redefine what “excellence” is, Derrick states that he’s disciplined, determined, and most importantly, dedicated. If he says he’s going to do something, he always follows through until the task is complete. He “steps by faith, not by sight,” believing that he is capable of any sales goal he sets and puts his mind to.

Outside of the office Derrick invests a lot of his time into his church, Salt Of The Earth Ministries! He recalls a time when he was unsure if management at 45 Inc would be plausible for him and his pastor told him “That’s you! That’s you all the way!” The confidence Chief Apostle Gale Ford instilled in Derrick helped him go on and claim every record for our client possible, making himself a shoo-in for a management promotion in 2018.

Still focused on music and making a difference, Derrick is the youth, choir, usher, AND choreography Director for his church. On the rare chance that he’s not in the office or chapel, Derrick LOVES sitting at home eating some good friend chicken and macaroni while catching a movie!

In 2018 Derrick WILL get promoted to management here at 45 Inc, helping our organization grow outside of Birmingham. We feel extremely fortunate to have someone of his talents and work ethic in our company and encourage you to follow our blog as we’ll soon be announcing many more records broken and promotions in the future! Derrick, keep up the amazing work – you’re an inspiration to many!

Building Opportunity For Humanity: 45 Inc Birmingham Gives Back


As part of 45 Inc Birmingham’s commitment to developing our team’s leadership ability, philanthropy is a MASSIVE part of our culture. As a growing, Birmingham-based organization, we’re always looking for ways to get involved in the community and give back to those who need it most. Hosting fundraising events, such as our annual basketball tournament for Alzheimer’s research, is something we do regularly to raise awareness and increase our team’s involvement on a local and global level. Wondering what our latest philanthropy project was, as brought to our team by our CEO, Wrinardo?! Volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore right here in Irondale, AL!

Donating our time several days in both September and October, our team at 45 Inc Birmingham is already beginning to feel the effects of putting forth good energy into the world. By stocking store shelves, unloading trucks, aiding in furniture repair and refurbishing, helping with donation pickups, pricing inventory, and organizing the ReStore and the warehouse, we left each time more confident in ourselves and our effect on the citizens of Birmingham who benefit from the Habitat ReStore.

Identifying with Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide opportunity and hope for others, 45 Inc Birmingham understands the importance of camaraderie within a community. Our company was founded on core values such as integrity, compassion, and leadership, so we ensure that everyone in our company feels valued and appreciated. We work to teach our team mindfulness and the level of influence they can have on the people around them, and that extends to circles beyond their friends, family, and work colleagues. Working at 45 Inc Birmingham is more than a job, we say; it’s a career path that allows individuals to grow both personally and professionally into the best versions of their self.

While some may wonder why a company would encourage it’s team to participate in community service events, even during work days, we couldn’t imagine NOT trying to create better business leaders both inside and outside of our office. Simon Sinek says that “generosity is doing something for someone else expecting nothing in return,” and when we think about the caliber of individuals we want to build a business with, the generous, selfless, and humble ones are the first that come to mind. So whether we’re donating our time with the Habitat ReStore, raising money for Operation Smile, or awareness for Alzheimer’s research, you can always count on the 45 Inc Birmingham team to be engaged, aware of their impact, and excited to give back.

To learn more about our values and mission at 45 Inc Birmingham, please visit our website or check out our About.Me page. Furthermore, if you’re interested in participating in one of our philanthropy events or volunteer projects, we welcome you to contact our Department of Human Resources for more information!

First 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to Support Alzheimer's Research

First 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to Support Alzheimer's Research

45 Inc Birmingham hosted its first Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament on Saturday, September 17th at the Mountain Brook YMCA.  Basketball enthusiasts from the office and the community formed teams of 3 to take part in the tournament, which served as a fundraiser Alzheimer’s research.

45 Inc Birmingham Goes Bowling!

Here at 45 Inc Birmingham, we are extremely competitive!  We enjoy playing sports and games for event night.  Whether it is Cards Against Humanity or bowling night, we’re always up for some friendly competition.  Read more on our Wordpress Blog by clicking here!

How can you better your listening skills?

Listening is a gift given to those who seek it. Anyone can be a great listener, that is the beauty of listening.  Being a good listener is refreshing to colleagues and admired by most great leaders. It is a trait that should be harnessed and developed throughout life.  Read more on our Wordpress Blog by clicking here.