Meet Markus Pierce: Account Manager

Welcome to Grizzly Sales Force, where we value teamwork above all else. We would not have seen the great success we have reached today if it were not for the hard work and determination of our team. This month, we wanted to shine a spotlight on Markus Pierce, an account manager on our team. Pierce was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and has been in the business since October of 2017.

Pierce remembers his childhood as one filled with activity and excitement. “My parents would describe me as very outgoing and energetic,” says Pierce, “I was always looking for something to get into- good or bad. I always had a vision for being my own boss and even started selling snacks to other students in middle school.” The drive towards business is something that always existed in Pierce’s life, long before he earned the title of account manager. As a high school student, the achiever was involved in the Future Business Leaders of America. “Getting involved with FBLA exposed me to a business culture at the very beginning of my high school career,” says Pierce, “It helped influence the decision to take the entrepreneurial path. I always knew I wanted to start in sales and marketing because sales are everywhere. The world revolved around sales.”

After high school, Markus Pierce packed his bags and began his career at the early age of eighteen. “Moving to a whole new city at the age of eighteen taught me to be fully independent and changed my life.”

It wasn’t long ago that Pierce was walking through the Grizzly Sales Force for the first time. Since that day he has seen such great growth and has inspired us as his teammates. “My first thought when I joined the team was of the end goal,” says Pierce, “the merit-based business model caught my eye. When I learned that growth had nothing to do with age or experience, I was all in! Not only has this career grown me as a businessman, but it has enforced more discipline and structure into my personal life.”

As for the culture here at Grizzly Sales Force, Pierce speaks with glowing reviews. “The family culture and strong team environment are what brought me into the business,” says Pierce, “to use one word- ecstatic! The energy and culture we have created have given us such a strong foundation. Every morning there are twenty or more people pushing me to hit my goals- that took my inspiration to a whole new level.”

“The number one lesson I have learned through my work is that any dream is possible as long as you have a support system. Being disciplined in what separates the successful from the unsuccessful.”

Despite the growth he has already found, Markus Pierce is only looking up. “My main goal is to be in a position to help others succeed and hit their personal goals. The people I grew up around tended to tear each other down, never building one another up. I want to be the person that changes the flow of things, the one that breaks the stereotypes.”

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Call it a Plan: Grizzly Sales Force’s New Manager, Tandy

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The culture at Grizzly Sales Force is often described as tight knit and unified. For family oriented individuals, such as our new manager, Tandy, this type of environment is a great fit both professionally and personally. During his time at Grizzly Sales Force, Tandy has demonstrated values such as unity and camaraderie – values that were instilled in him at a young age.

Born in the St. James Parish of Montego Bay, Jamaica, in a place called Barrett Town, Tandy has always been very close to his relatives. He grew up with a passion for drawing cartoons and scenery and a love for playing percussion instruments. Tandy even played drums for his church’s band and his high school’s band! While attending William Knibb Memorial High School, Tandy built picture frames and saving jars out of wood and then marketed and sold them to his peers, proving that he is an entrepreneur a heart!

In addition to his craftsmanship, Tandy was a track and field star, where he was mostly a dash runner because he loved to go fast and keep his eye on the prize! In addition to running, Tandy played soccer as a forward. His love for athletics would later become extremely useful in the development of his leadership and team building skills at Grizzly Sales Force.

After finishing his senior year of high school, Tandy participated in the William Knibb Memorial’s greater education program, where he studied architectural engineering for 2 years. He decided to leave school to run his own carpentry firm with his cousin. Tandy also obtained a job working for Delta airlines and balanced that job with his carpentry work; he worked for Delta during day and did carpentry at night for close to 3 years!

Tandy migrated to the United States in 2012 to Orlando, FL. He made a close friend quickly and the two of them ran a “Golden Crust” franchise, a restaurant that serves authentic Jamaican cuisine. During this time, Tandy was blessed with a beautiful baby girl named Robyn in 2014, who presently lives in Orlando with her mother.

Later that year in 2014, Tandy was presented with the opportunity to move to Nashville to partner with his brother and start a catering company named “Nashville Island Cuisine”. For a few years, the brothers enjoyed running the company together, but ultimately, the business wasn’t as profitable as they hoped.

Tandy began searching for new career opportunities outside of the food industry. In the summer of 2016, he came across a LinkedIn job posting for a private marketing and sales firm in Nashville. Tandy was intrigued by the opportunity and the merit based advancement structure; a career that emphasizes rewarding hard work was exactly what he was looking for!

Just a couple of months after Tandy started his new marketing and sales career in Nashville, news broke out that our client, DirecTV, would be expanding into Memphis. Our now CEO, Mike Figueroa, would be overseeing the Memphis market and asked Tandy if he would be interested in moving to Memphis with him to open Grizzly Sales Force. Tandy recalls, “Mike had open arms for a soldier like me, and I was down for whatever!”

Right away, Tandy fell in love with Memphis. Just 3 months after he started working in Memphis, Tandy reached the qualifications for Assistant Management! How did he do it so quickly? Tandy remembers, “I was very intentional about everything. I was a man on a mission. I believed in myself and my team.” Tandy also had (and still has) a “vision mirror,” where he writes down his goals on his bathroom mirror. Tandy laughs, “I like looking good, but I love seeing my goals even better!”

Now officially a manager within Grizzly Sales Force, Tandy will be opening his own consulting firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan by late January, representing another multi-billion dollar telecommunications client. When Tandy received word that Grand Rapids was an open market for the client, Tandy checked it out, and he loved it! While visiting the area, he experienced the great culture and welcoming people of Grand Rapids!

Besides opening his new company, Tandy has plans to found a non-profit organization called “Fambily Guyz” – Fambily being the Jamaican word for Family. The organization will create healthier relationships in the household, especially for teenagers and their parents. Being the family oriented individual that Tandy is (he even calls himself a “Momma’s Boy”), effective communication and strong relationships amongst family members are crucial for him.

Grizzly Sales Force is incredibly proud of what Tandy has accomplished while working with our firm. Our team is excited to see his continued success running his own office in Grand Rapids. 2018 is YOUR year, Tandy!

 

Grizzly Sales Force’s Newest Assistant Manager: Ciarra Jones

From the moment we met her, we knew Ciarra was special. It’s no wonder that we are celebrating her promotion to Assistant Management just one year after her starting with Grizzly Sales Force. It takes determination to excel within our company – a characteristic Ciarra has been developing her whole life.

IMG_6366Born and raised in Springfield, a small town outside of Nashville, Ciarra learned independence at a very young age. She played softball and basketball growing up and was in color guard throughout high school. Being the hard worker she is, Ciarra took her first job at age 15; she rolled newspapers for the Tennessean! Ciarra says that she has always been super outgoing and even won the “Social Butterfly” vote by her high school peers! During her senior year, Ciarra applied to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and was accepted into the Mass Communications program.

Ciarra had plans to leave her tiny hometown behind and attend MTSU straight out of high school. She learned quickly that things don’t always go according to plan when life threw her a curveball, and she found out that she was pregnant with her son, Jayden. Ciarra decided that she had to do what was best for her and her son by staying close to home. Still ambitious to get a higher education degree, Ciarra attended Volunteer State Community College where she received an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene.

After working as a Dental Hygienist for a while, Ciarra realized that she “didn’t want to clean teeth for the rest of her life” and began to pursue other career options. She applied to many places online, one of them being a private marketing and sales firm in Nashville. She was extended several job offers, but this particular marketing and sales firm made the best first impression on her, and Ciarra firmly believes that “first impressions are everything.”

IMG_6360What she loved most about her new marketing and sales career was the positive environment and how it boosted her confidence tremendously. After working in Nashville for about a month, Ciarra was presented with the opportunity to become part of our client’s expansion into Memphis. Enter Grizzly Sales Force. Our CEO, Mike Figueroa Jr, was hopeful that Ciarra would move to Memphis to help him found Grizzly Sales Force. She didn’t have to think twice about the offer; Ciarra had always wanted to venture outside the Nashville area and live somewhere new!

Ciarra is more than satisfied with her decision to move to Memphis. Since working at Grizzly Sales Force, she has learned various leadership skills, such as how to deal with different types of people. Ciarra says that Grizzly Sales Force has also helped her grow personally, as she has learned to let her guard down and take emotion out of decision making. The biggest lesson Ciarra has learned is to believe in yourself and don’t be afraid of greatness

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Ciarra’s pride and joy is her son, Jayden. She says, “He is my main source of motivation; everything I do and every sacrifice I make is for him.” Ciarra describes Jayden as incredibly smart, funny, loving, and energetic. Having her son at a young age, Ciarra and Jayden have always had a strong bond. Ciarra is committed to setting the best example for him and give him the greatest life possible. All of the hard work she is putting in now at Grizzly Sales Force is so she and Jayden can have financial freedom and the freedom to go anywhere and do anything they desire.

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How did Ciarra reach the qualifications for Assistant Management? She feels very fortunate to have so many mentors at Grizzly Sales Force. She says that Mike believed in her from the day she stepped into the office in Nashville, and has never stopped. Ciarra describes our other Assistant Manager, Tandy, as “The Ying to her Yang”. She says that Corporate Trainers Michael, Robert, and Kiki are her cheerleader, her right hand guy, and her “executioner” – respectively. Ciarra says, “My team doesn’t work for me; I work for them. I put them in the position to win, set them up for success, and remind them to never give up.”

Stay tuned for pictures from Ciarra’s Assistant Management Promotion party coming out this week on our YouTube channel!