I was raised in New York City. I started my work career at the age of 14 selling boxes of candy out of the trunk of car from a gentleman my cousin introduced me to. The candy sold for $2.50 and I made 40 cents for every box sold. On a good week I made around twenty dollars. I did that for a few months and then got my second job working at my neighborhood Dry Cleaners which eventually I was entrusted to
run after school so my boss could tend to his other business. Both these jobs exposed me to dealing with the public at a young age and supervising others. I was hired as a NYC Police Officer at age of 19, but decided to get an education and moved to this state and attended the University of Maryland and majored in Criminology. My entire college education was self financed. I sometimes worked 3 jobs to cover tuition and living expenses. As a junior at Maryland I got ill and was diagnosed with Kidney disease which would eventually lead to having a Kidney transplant in February of 2002. The kidney disease put an end to any dream of a Law Enforcement career so after graduation I obtain a loan from my Family and bought a Beer and Wine Deli store in Germantown, which is where I got my introduction into the alcohol business.
Fast forward to today working for the ABS, I have been very pleased and optimistic with the changes put forth at the Liquor Stores over the recent years. I feel these changes have promoted a clear vision and direction for the future. I want to be part in helping facilitate theses positive changes. In my experience I feel that unfortunately the reaction to change for most is at first negative. I have found myself having to defend and explain the positives of the changes to some of my staff members who have been very critical.
From my past sales experience I find that the biggest factor in making a sale is enthusiasm. Transfering enthusiasm for the product you're trying to sell to the prospective buyer. Get them excited over the product wether it be an air filter or a $20.00 bottle of vermouth.
I feel infusing enthusiasm to the changes and emphasize how they will benefit in the long run, rather than just state this is how things will be done from now on. Thats an approach I would take if getting the District Manager position. By nature I'm very competitive. I always want to win and succeed. In any job I have had in the past I've always done my best and go about to exceed expectations, and so I would bring that same attitude to the District Manager position.
I've had an extensive history in sales, personnel management and started in the alcohol business in 1987. I am positive I can perform the duties of this position and succeed.
I have a very active life style. I use to be a kick boxer in my early twenties, and though I no longer practice martial arts, I do practice yoga 5 times a week.
I play In an adult Baseball league.
I am a member of Tally Ho Toast Masters Club in Potomac Maryland. I presently hold the position of Vice President of Membership for the club and have achieved the level of Competent Communicator.
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