I truly enjoyed my job. Always different day to day, great people, good pay and benefits, and advancement around every corner. My typical day was comprised of driving our business forward using a well thought out sales plan, as well as key vendor partnerships to make my people the most profit share as possible.
I learned how to strategically compete in a highly competitive market. We carved out value driven sales by differentiating my company, my people and our services from our competition.
Our management was unique in that we are a very flat organization. So, it was very important to put great, inspiring managers in the key roles (CEO, Regional Sales Managers, Area Sales Managers, etc). They were always trying to advance ones career, and to support their employees.
Our culture was one of decentralization, where each team member was responsible for their part of the growth of the company. However, we are also very team oriented. The culture was very solid.
For me the hardest part was that none of the locations were close to where I am from. We only left because we needed to be closer to home.
The best part of the job for me was when I was able to advance the career of one of my employees. He had aspirations of elevating himself, but did not know where to start. i gave him more and more responsibility, and he excelled. Then, an opportunity came around and he was MORE than qualified and got the job. It was a great moment for me.
Bad intracompany communication, due to the decentralization