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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17 Tips for the Successful Entrepreneur in 2019

It’s almost that time- a happy new year from Grizzly Sales Force! The new year holiday brings cherished moments with friends and family, a bit of vacation time, a glass or two of champagne, and another year of opportunities. The successful entrepreneur doesn’t look ahead and see the next 365 as a mountain to climb, but rather a ladder reaching to the heights of unmatched success. We’ve consulted our team of winners here at Grizzly Sales Force and compiled the ultimate list of advice for a successful 2019.

  1. Network, network, network. Take a moment to wish all of your colleagues and mentors a happy new year and see where the conversation blossoms.
  2. Grow your team this year, even if it’s only by one.
  3. Set at least three meaningful, long term goals. Any successful entrepreneur knows how to set a goal but setting a goal that takes more than a couple of weeks to achieve is where the struggle lies. Think about the entire year ahead, and ask yourself “where do I want to be at the end of 2019?”
  4. Connect with the human aspect of your business. It is easy to plant yourself behind a computer and dive into numbers and quotes each day, but every successful entrepreneur knows the importance of checking in with their customers and team members.
  5. Re-inspire your work and clarify your vision.
  6. Never become complacent.
  7. Create a new game plan. Each new year brings change, so a 5-year plan is a thing of the past. Outline your plans and goals for 2019 and start with number 1.
  8. Keep an eye on the industry. Watch your competitors and focus on industry trends.
  9. Don’t expect immediate success. The path of an entrepreneur is winding, not linear- success truly comes to those who wait.
  10. Tear down your minimums and raise your expectations. As a successful entrepreneur, it is imperative that you do more than you did yesterday.
  11. Plan a vacation. It is easy to fall into the crazy routine of business, and before you know it you’ve made it to Christmas 2019 without a single day off. Take a mental break, and set a vacation date as a motivator.
  12. Pinch a few pennies in 2019. Running a business is hard, start the new year with strong financial habits.
  13. Up your professional game through your wardrobe.
  14. Remember to take care of yourself and your mental health- you are the head of your business, keep it sharp.
  15. Give your LinkedIn a makeover. LinkedIn is your prime networking tool, do not let it slack.
  16. Pursue a new social media option for your business. The world of social media
  17. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in 2019, no entrepreneur can handle the weight of the world alone.

From all of us here at Grizzly Sales Force, we wish you a year full of happiness.

Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Post-grad summer is coming to an end. We all know what that means. If you haven’t started already, it’s time for the job hunt. Fighting the slew of other applicants during this time can feel like swimming upstream, a never-ending battle with no sign of success. Feeling like you might start considering an unpaid internship? Don’t give up hope quite yet. Grizzly Sales Force is here to set you on the right track so that the next interview is the last interview. Follow these do’s and don’ts and watch how fast you nail that job.

  • Do dress your best. Nothing turns an interviewer off faster than an overly casual candidate.
  • Do arrive at least 10 minutes early, you’re not a burden.
  • Don’t overthink. You’ll put yourself at risk of sounding rehearsed.
  • Don’t seem distracted or disinterested. This may seem obvious, but sometimes anxiety and nerves can come off as disinterest- be careful.
  • Do your research and be prepared to talk specifics.
  • Do make small talk. An interview is about more than just the resume facts, they are looking for a fit for the company culture.
  • Do come prepared with a question. Almost every interview ends with “do you have any questions for me?” A prepared question shows a vested interest in the position and the company.
  • Don’t name drop. If you happen to know someone at the company, wait for it to come up naturally in conversation- chances are the interviewer already knows. For many, it comes off as tacky for a candidate to walk into the room and immediately and unnaturally mention someone who happens to work there.
  • Don’t trash talk your previous company. It is common for interviewers to ask a candidate what they did/didn’t like about their previous job. Of course, be honest, but there is a way to do that without being bitter or disrespectful. Instead of “my boss was a jerk,” maybe go for “there wasn’t strong communication between leadership and the rest of the team.”
  • Don’t people please. Trust us, we get it. When you want the job bad enough, you will say almost anything in an interview. However, the transition into the company will be much easier if you are honest about exactly who you are, and what you want out of a job. If the interviewer asks you if you know how to use photoshop, don’t say yes just to snag the job. Next thing you know, you’re sole task in the company is photoshop, now what? Be respectful, flexible, positive, but honest.

You’re all set! You’ve got everything you need to impress that interviewee in a matter of 15 minutes. From all of us here at Grizzly Sales Force, we wish you the best of luck.

Testimonials & Reviews From Our Interns

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Internships are a smart way to get ahead of the game before earning your degree. They give you hands-on experience, look great on resumes, and give you a taste of the “real world”. At Grizzly Sales Force, we offer internships to motivated, hardworking individuals looking to get their feet wet in the business industry. See what it’s like interning with our company as our current interns share their experiences!

Kalyn – Sophomore, University of Memphis

My experience as an intern at Grizzly Sales Force has been a great one. I’ve had the opportunity to learn through hands-on involvement in a positive work environment. I’ve even learned life lessons on how to apply a more positive attitude and be solution oriented. The CEO/President, Mike Figueroa, has been an amazing role model as a hardworking, family-oriented man who always motivates me to be better and work harder.

Devonte – Junior, University of Memphis

Working at grizzly sales force is one of the best opportunities I have ever had. I work 3 days a week bringing home $800-$1000 checks. I get to conduct interviews with potential candidates. This job prepares me for a lot of professional speaking, which I was never good at doing. I am also learning how to be better with responsibilities for both life and career. Also, my communication skills with people have escalated due to servicing customers’ wants and needs.

Darell – Sophomore, University of Memphis

My experience with Grizzly Sales Force has been nothing short of great, from the hard work and growth to the team nights and bonding. Since I’ve been with Grizzly Sales Force, I have tapped into the potential I always knew I had, but I was just unsure how to bring it out. I look forward to the continued growth and fun times that await with the company that I am proud to say I am apart of.

For more information on the careers and internships that Grizzly Sales Force offers, please visit our website or check out our CareerBuilder profile!

 

Interning At Grizzly Sales Force: Na’Deja’s Story

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Some people have it, and some don’t. At Grizzly Sales Force, when we say someone “has ambition,” we don’t mean they just discovered this magical quality within themselves and tried out for the day, we mean it courses through their veins, probably since childhood, and has guided every step they took personally and professionally. When we talk about ambition, we’re talking about Na’Deja Brantley, marketing/sales intern here at Grizzly Salesforce.

Born in Jackson, MS and raised in Memphis, Na’Deja grew up a product of a loving family and sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother!! Influenced heavily by her father, Na’Deja quickly took to sports and used her natural athleticism to excel in activities like soccer, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, and softball. Favoring basketball and volleyball, Na’Deja continued her athletic career into high school and learned extremely valuable lessons about teamwork, discipline, and practice that she would later apply to her internship at Grizzly Sales Force.

Starting at the University of Memphis in 2014, Na’Deja went in wanting to pursue architecture and interior design! Fortunately, a semester of classes helped her realize that was not the career path she wanted and she quickly chose Graphic Design as her new field of interest! A passion for art fueled this decision and now just a semester shy of graduation, Na’Deja continues to strive towards her Bachelors!

Meeting the Grizzly Sales Force team at a career fair held at the University of Memphis, Na’Deja recalls seeing the internship advertised as a great opportunity to get some marketing experience under her belt before graduation. As so much of graphic design is about inspiring and informing consumers, Na’Deja knew that experience with face-to-face marketing would be of great benefit to her.

She was right, and 6 months into her internship Na’Deja is surpassing every expectation we’ve set for her and wowed us with her ambitious nature and go-getter attitude. Despite being in school full-time and being active on campus, through organizations such as “Setting The Standards” and “Tiger Records,” Na’Deja makes time to learn and grow continuously in her internship and our company.

With aspirations of pursuing modeling and graphic design more seriously after graduation, Na’Deja focuses on improving her time management, communications, and ability to work with a wide variety of personalities. Thanking CEO, Mike Figueroa, Jr, newest manager, Tandy, and Assistant Manager, Ciarra, for their leadership and coaching, Na’Deja is confident that her time at Grizzly Sales Force has been one of the most valuable learning lessons during her collegiate career.

In her free time, Na’Deja LOVES to catch up on Power, The Walking Dead, and with her mom. Calling her mom “her best friend” and her dad “her inspiration,” Na’Deja’s ambition drives her to make these two proud every day. We’re so glad that she has been able to do that with us here at Grizzly Sales Force and can’t wait to see how she continues to grow over the next months before graduation. Congratulations, Na’Deja, on your accomplishments so far and may your ambition continue to carry you forth far in life!