Tampa, a cozy metropolis where our office is settled thirty seven floors up from the ground with nothing but grand expectations. From humble beginnings at our office’s launch in 2011, I feel tremendously grateful for the personal and career development that changed my life and led me into leadership at CDW.
I wasn’t always a Sales Manager. In fact, when I started at CDW in 2011, I only was excited to begin a career that would ultimately help pay off my student loans. Little did I know, that the foundation of CDW’s decades of success, infused with the culture of our Tampa team, created a home that I truly saw myself growing into.
That growth was attributed to the commitment of my Sales Manager and Sales Director who poured coaching, feedback, and encouragement into our team.
Their ability to get the best out of others and remain down to earth, caring leaders inspired myself and a number of my peers to pursue paths into sales management.
I loved our strategy sessions and their guidance while visiting customers in market. I loved the fun energy they brought to the office every day. I loved their eagerness to know what was important to me, and achieve my goals in and out of the office. The passion they had for their roles and their people sparked a new desire for my career path.
As a Sales Manager now, my favorite part in the role today is that moment when our Account Managers recognize their potential within our company; limitless. This occurs at different stages for each seller, and I love the responsibility to cultivate that attitude throughout its fruition. Working with them side-by-side to develop their skill set and build customer relationships is so rewarding. I love seeing the progression when Account Managers start working with clients for the first time through trust-building engagement, to become strategic advisers who influence the direction of organizations we know and purchases from ourselves.
While my time in Chicago carries on full steam ahead, knowing Tampa is searching for their next leader makes me eager for what lies ahead. There is such a positive power in that place where the next leader will get to have an influential impact on so many for years to come. We set the bar high when we moved thirty seven floors up, creating a line of sight over the state to capture Florida and beyond. Who else will rise up to the challenge?
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Alex is a Sales Manager at CDW and leads a team of Account Managers to grow their business and solve our customers IT challenges.