When Melinda Garcia’s teammates from the database marketing department got the chance to share what she brings to the table, the answers were pretty unanimous: A little bit of appreciated sass, a whole lot of confidence and above all, the determination to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
It’s not surprising they feel this way. In Melinda’s first year alone, she hit 100 percent of her quota in 90 percent of the time allotted, and also earned the Marketing Executive of the Quarter title. Always quick to volunteer for additional projects, Melinda now works closely with her team’s associate manager to organize Brafton’s tradeshows and event scheduling.
“I’m always telling my managers Ryan and Joe if they have any extra projects I can get my hands on, let me know,” Melinda said. “That’s how I got involved in organizing tradeshows for our sales and marketing teams. It’s all about getting involved as much as possible, and taking any opportunity available for expanding your skills.”
Learn more about Melinda in our Brafton Q&A:
Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was one of those kids who constantly went through different phases of what they wanted to be. Architect or interior designer stuck around for a while, though. I used to love building houses out of my Lincoln logs and sketching home interiors, but then I realized you need some form of artistic ability for it, so that one eventually went away.
Q: What do you think is the most important quality you need to have for success?
Passion teamed up with hard work. I believe passion is the driving force behind many successful people, a love and passion for what you’re doing separates the ordinary from the extraordinary. Of course, you won’t go anywhere if you don’t put in the hard work.
Diversity in all aspects of a work environment, from the people who make up the company to the type of work produced. It’s always great to see a company made of people with such diverse talents and ideas.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
My bike. I recently got into biking about two years ago just as a form of commuting to work, (I still haven’t ridden it to it Brafton…yet) I couldn’t see myself without it. It’s so great to just pop in your headphones and ride with no destination.
Q: Which day of the work week are you the most productive?
Friday. It’s almost amazing how much more motivated I can be on a Friday.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect of your job?
I like how the database marketing team is the foundation and behind the scenes of Brafton.
“It’s all about getting involved as much as possible, and taking any opportunity available for expanding your skills.”
Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My senior year in college I took part in a service trip to Arizona to help at a homeless shelter and learned more in that trip then I could have in any classroom, truly eye opening experience.
Q: Have any “hidden talents”?
I can play guitar and took jitsu/kick boxing lessons a couple of years ago and may have some hidden kick boxing moves in me, so watch out!
Q: If Brafton were a TV show, which character – from any sitcom, drama or reality show (of any time period) – would represent you?
Probably Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother. She’s a bad ass, independent one of the boys type of girl. Oh and she has like seven dogs and if I could have dogs in my apartment I’d totally have that many too.
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