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Meet Kevin Jones: The Driving Source of Motivation for 45 Inc

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Meet Kevin Jones. Jones is an account manager here at 45 Inc. Birmingham, an innovative and motivated sales and marketing firm. Jones started with the company in January of 2018 and has already found tremendous success. Want to learn more? Our team conducted a one-on-one interview with Jones, where he shares his experiences before and after walking through the doors of 45 Inc.

Jones was born and raised in Troy, Alabama, where he graduated from Hartselle High School. As a kid, Jones remembers being pretty shy but credits the opportunity at 45 Inc. with bringing out the extrovert within. In high school, Jones was a star athlete on multiple teams but shined the brightest on the football field. “I was quarterback my senior year and captain of the team,” says Jones, “that experience put me in a position for the first time to lead by example and lead a team. I was someone they looked up to when we were down.” For Jones, the athletic success did not end after high school. “I graduated when I was 17 and started as a volunteer high school football coach alongside my high school coach,” says Jones, “I was a 17-year-old kid coaching guys that were older than me.” All of that said, it’s no surprise that Kevin Jones has been given the nickname of “Coach Kev” by his team at 45 Inc. Birmingham.

Jones began taking classes at a community college in Tuscaloosa, while working as a volunteer coach at Northridge High School for four years, alongside his job at the local UPS. After those four years, Jones moved back to Troy and continued working with UPS for six years. “I’ve known since I was 15 that I wanted to own my own business,” says Jones, “I finished my education at Troy University, paying out of pocket, and became a student assistant coach for the Troy University football team.”

Given his record of success as a coach and a motivator, Jones began looking at a full-time career in college athletics. It was that search that led him to the opportunity at 45 Inc. “I came across 45 Inc. at a time when I was considering going back to school for an MBA,” says Jones, “they were looking for sports minded individuals looking to build teams. It was check and checkmate for me, I was all in.” After that, he never looked back.

Shortly after starting with the company in January 2018, Jones knew it was a great opportunity. “I am big on understanding the big picture,” says Jones, “I saw that this is a vehicle that can get me where I want to be a lot quicker than going to get an MBA for 2 years. It feels like there is no advancement when working for another company. This job takes me out of my comfort zone every day.” For someone with a background like his, Jones appreciates the team mentality at 45 Inc. “The culture is very team-oriented,” says Jones, “Folks are always willing to help each other, and it’s a really fun atmosphere. It is not a typical work environment, and that is what attracted me in the first place. No one wants to go to a job where they hate what they do. It’s a different mindset, I love what I do.”

As for how the account manager maintains such positivity, Jones continues to emanate a coach mentality, pushing his team to success each day. “I never call it a job,” says Jones, “I call it an opportunity. I can’t stress it enough, anyone can go to a regular 9-5 job, but this is an opportunity that we are blessed with. I treat every day like a new day.”

Jones reflects on his career fondly, while continuing to look to the future. “I constantly maintain a student mentality,” says Jones, “I look up to those in management, and hope to open up my own office. Wrinardo McKennedy has been a great mentor to me, and I hope to continue to build from what he has started.” Jones feels passionate about continuing to grow himself while pushing others to succeed. His secret weapon? Work ethic. “I truly feel that there are not too many that can work harder than me, if you keep up, we will go far,” says Jones, “Everyone needs a sense of purpose, and to understand their ‘why’.”

When he is not busy motivating his team at 45 Inc., Jones can be found watching college football, hanging out with friends, or playing golf.

Kevin Jones’ motivation, work ethic, and positivity are contagious, and his success speaks for itself. We are confident that the future is bright for Coach Kev.

Meet Morgan: 45 Inc’s Rising Star of the Month

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The office doors open earlier than usual. In walks Morgan, newest Team Lead here at 45 Inc Birmingham, full of energy and spunk. She settles in for the day hungry for knowledge and ready to grow her career. As a recent grad, she’s eager to prove herself professionally in the workforce and has done just that in her time here at 45 Inc. She speaks with excitement and moves with purpose and everyone that comes into contact with Morgan leaves a little lighter.

Meet the woman of the hour, Morgan Robinson. A patron native of Birmingham, Morgan’s favorite thing about the city is the diversity she sees in it on a daily basis. Described by family as independent and joyful, even as a child, Morgan looks back fondly on her childhood and her upbringing by the strongest woman she’s ever met: her mom.

Morgan’s mom led by example, a minister working full time for the church. She taught her daughter what integrity, selflessness, grace, and great people/communication skills looked like, and even in her death, serves as a constant source of inspiration for Morgan.

As Morgan grew into a young adult, she ran track and managed both the Mens & Women’s basketball team for Vestavia Hills High School. She enjoyed serving as a resource to the team and coaching staff — a trait she has brought with her to her employment at 45 Inc!

High school evolved into a FULL academic scholarship to Auburn, following in her Dad’s alma mater who also played football there! Morgan studied for the next 4 years and bled blue & orange. A proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, she credits her sisters to lifting her up throughout all of life’s highs and lows. Morgan graduated last month with a degree a Human Resource Management as the first person in her school to receive her HR Certification while also an undergraduate student.

With a few internships and job offers under her belt, Morgan never planned to return to Birmingham until stumbling upon 45 Inc’s Management Training Program online. A natural-born entrepreneur though, she immediately understood the opportunity for growth, the ability to control her advancement in the company, and the non-existent ceiling that stood between her and a management role. She accepted a full-time position with the company in March and started the week after she walked the stage. Knowing Je’Niah Jackson, current Assistant Manager, from their school’s Greek life didn’t hurt either! After all, if he could do it, so could she!

6 weeks into the company and Morgan is quickly fine-tuning her leadership skills and working to be the best version of professional self. She understands the meaning of delayed gratification, thanks to her Mom & Dad, and is willing to put in years of hard work to achieve what she wants out of life.

When she’s not at work, you can find Morgan celebrating life with her sisters, spending time with her family, or catching up on all of her favorite shows on Netflix. When she is at work, you can find her leaving every person with a smile. Morgan, you are one of a kind. Thank you for choosing 45 Inc Birmingham as your first post-grad destination. We can’t wait to see where else life takes you on this train.

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!

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!

45 Inc.’s Managers Retreat

To quote the ever poetic Snoop Dog, “It ain’t no fun, if the homies can’t have none.”  In this case we mean business can be lonely at the top, so sharing in the spoils of success is so much better with friends.  Check out our video and the rest of the blog on our Wordpress Blog.

45 Inc. Woman Crush Wednesday featuring Rebekah!

Our Woman Crush Wednesday is Rebekah.  What she loves about the company is the high bar for excellence, being able to collaborate with other team members and being trained into a leadership role.  We’re really lucky to have Rebekah on the team!