Recently, at our 2018 Spring Leadership Conference, we had the opportunity to recognize our very own Valentine. He was awarded top recognition for exceeding our client’s sales goals and exemplifying characteristics of a true leader. He is constantly demonstrating a great student mentality, willingness to help the team, and relentless work ethic. His outstanding stats have also earned him the opportunity to travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to pilot a new marketing campaign for our client. Trust Group was able to sit down and catch up with this rising star.
Where are you from?
I am from Nigeria, Africa, but I was raised in Hyattsville, Maryland. Later, I moved to Texas with my mother and siblings.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas with a bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.
Nickname – if you have one?
I looooove rice!
When did you start with the company?
I started working with Trust Group in August 2017.
What did you do prior to working with Trust Group?
Prior to working with Trust Group, I worked at McKesson Pharmaceuticals as an IT Administrator.
What attracted you to the company?
What attracted me to Trust Group, was the culture, the environment, and the level of professionalism throughout the office.
Three things you cannot leave home without?
My keys, my wallet, and my phone.
Coffee or tea?
Book(s) you’d recommend?
Who Moved My Cheese? and One Minute Manager, both by Dr. Spencer.
Some fun facts about you?
I am a comedian in my own right because I think I am funny🤪, I love playing basketball, tennis and taking road trips!
Motto you live by?
Always set a HIGHER standard for yourself and believe in your abilities to do great.
Person that inspires you to be successful and why?
My mother inspires me. As a single mother who worked multiple jobs to raise, educate, mentor, and inspire 4 kids to be whatever we want to be by first believing in ourselves, working hard, and trusting in God.
What are your personal goals for the future?
My goals are to succeed beyond measure, to teach and inspire others who come after me to dream BIG and believe in themselves. I will do so, by consistently working on my SMART goals to attain a greater purpose.
Favorite thing about working with Trust Group?
I love coming to work in a fun environment with vibrant people who all have one common goal…”TO BE SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS. ”
What skills have you gained while working with Trust Group?
I have learned to commit daily to my personal and professional goals. I have also gained incredible leadership skills.
What do you think attributed to you being selected as a Top Leader?
My work ethic, my enthusiasm, and my personality.
Message to your team?
Success has no end, so when hit your goals, set bigger goals. BE AMBITIOUS.
What are your professional goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to be a proud entrepreneur and manage my own branch location. I want to teach, train, and develop others on everything I have learned in this business, so they too can be successful.
What advice would you give someone embarking on this career path?
Come in daily with a mindset ready to learn, be hungry for information, have a student mentality, stay focused on your goals, and understand your WHY.