Seizing Opportunities: Andreal’s Story

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Life is filled with 2 sorts of people: those that spectate and those that do. When opportunities arise, the watchers observe, scared to move in fear of challenging their norm, while the do-ers do, rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. Andreal Redricks, top Team Lead at 45 Inc Birmingham, is the latter in every way; a go-getter since birth and force of nature in our Management Training Program.

Born in Boston, where her mother attended Boston University and raised in Detroit, where her family moved for work in the automotive industry, Andreal led a full childhood in a big household (she was 1 of 6 children)! When her parents decided to relocate to Alabama her senior year to take care of their ailing parents, Andreal took advantage of that move as an opportunity to make new friends and have new experiences.

As Andreal matured and welcomed her son, DeMarea into her life, she sought even greater opportunities and relocated the two of them to the beautiful Huntington Beach in Orange County, California! Starting first with our client broker out in Cali, Andreal recalls having a great experience with the sales and client relations portion of the position but not being ready professionally for the management opportunity at that time in her life. When she was recruited into the financial sector, Andreal, like always, dived head first in search of new growth and paths.

Starting first as a personal banker with Wells Fargo and then moving into small business development, Andreal spent the next 5-6 years advising people on their finances and gaining experience in a new industry. When Andreal’s father was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, she quickly relocated him to help with his treatment and care. As the cancer metastisized, Andreal’s father encouraged her to get back into the workforce so she would have something to occupy and challenge her. It was then she had her second opportunity in sales and business management with 45 Inc Birmingham.

Starting with the organization in September 2017, Andreal has brought experience, wisdom, organization, and mentorship to her teammates. She states, “their energy keeps me young, and my experience and advice keeps them grounded.” It’s no wonder in 8 months of working with our company, she’s rapidly excelling through our Management Training Program and was recently recognized as a “Top Leader Pin” recipient at a regional sales conference hosted by our client broker.

With a focus on professional development through reading, Andreal aspires to move into Assistant Management by the end of September and management by the end of 2018. Her plans are to grow the reach of 45 Inc Birmingham to San Diego, reuniting with her son DeMarea who is attending college at Orange Coast…and when Andreal says she’s going to make something happen, we believe her.

Our pride in her development with us is immense, and the great thing with Andreal is we know this is just the beginning for her. When she says she’s going to do something, she does, and when she says she’s going to make it happen she will. Honoring her late father and in hopes of making her mother and son proud, we know Andreal is going all the way here at 45 Inc Birmingham.

Focused on Excellence: Tamara’s Time at 45 Inc Birmingham

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“Feed your focus and starve your distractions.”

Sounds simple enough, right? For some people, it is, and others not as much. Luckily, for Tamara York, this saying evolved into a mantra she repeated to herself as a competitive athlete and now serves as a driving force propelling her through her Management Training here at 45 Inc in Birmingham, AL.

A military child, Tamara was born in Landstuhl, Germany, where her father and family served another 9 years. Growing up in Europe, Tamara was privileged to travel all over, creating memories in London, Czechoslovakia and all over southwestern Germany! When her dad was stationed back to the States to Fort Benning, Georgia, Tamara welcomed the move with excitement and as an opportunity to make more friends. Sociable and extremely likable, even as a child, Tamara developed valuable skillsets moving to a new country that aide daily in her growth here at 45 Inc Birmingham.

Starting basketball in Georgia after a friend dared her she wouldn’t try out for the team, Tamara quickly took to the game and the team-rooted environment. She loved working with others and developed a niche for teaching and training those who started after her. This selflessness, natural leadership ability, and athleticism (she also ran track and played volleyball) led Tamara to Howard College in Big Spring, TX on a basketball scholarship!

2 years, dozens of new friends, and her Associates under her belt, Tamara relocated back home to be closer to family, as well as transfer to the University of Birmingham and further pursue her interest in modeling. The move proved fruitful, as she started to book more modeling gigs and was able to spend quality time with her older sister who was expecting her second baby.

When a good friend encouraged Tamara to expand her resume outside of the local BBQ pit she was working at to attain some tangible business experience, she agreed and the next day began putting her resume on Indeed. A call from 45 Inc Birmingham’s Human Resources team led to a few interviews and before she knew it, Tamara was accepting a part-time position while also juggling her classes in social work!

Fast-forward 6 months later and now Tamara has made a name for herself within our company and on behalf of our clientele, AT&T & DirecTv. She was recently recognized this past weekend at a leadership conference as our company’s top-performer and awarded a pin in front of hundreds of colleagues. Just like an athlete back on the court, Tamara prepares, trains, focuses, stays disciplined and plays her heart out.

With plans of graduating in December with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, Tamara can’t wait to officially move into full-time employment and continue progressing in her Management Training. Her advice to those starting with the company is to not compare yourself to others and instead focus on yourself and your self-development. After all, it’s what’s helped her earn March’s “Rising Star” status and will help her expand our client outside of Birmingham in 2019. 

A Year in Review: 45 Inc Takes 2017 by Storm

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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:

PROMOTIONS

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!

CLIENT GROWTH

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.

TRAVEL / CONFERENCES

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!

TEAM-BUILDING

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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 💪

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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

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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!