At Barkley Reserve, we are committed to working with self-driven, future-focused, and team-oriented individuals. Our recruiting team is looking for more than someone with experience when meeting with candidates. We’re interested in people who are excited to learn and eager to be the best. This past June, we had the privilege of meeting someone who checks all of these boxes. From hello, it was clear that Account Manager, Meredith Herring is bound for greatness. At just twenty-three years old, she has such clarity on what she wants for her future and is taking no prisoners on her journey to success. To say that we were excited to welcome her aboard would be an understatement, and so far, she has exceeded all of our expectations.
We recently sat down with Meredith for a quick Q&A session to discover more about her goals and the professional path she is paving for herself. If you are just kicking off your career or are interested in learning more about an individual currently thriving in our Management Training Program, read on!
Meredith, thanks for chatting with us! To start, please share what drew you to our company.
“The opportunity for growth. I have always seen myself in a management position but never knew where to start. This company offers that opportunity in less time than I have come across at any other company.”
You’ve thrived so far, and we are confident that you’ll be moving up quickly. What’s your favorite thing about working here at Barkley Reserve?
“The freedom it offers to really take the reins on my career and develop as fast as I am capable of/want to.”
Our country is still battling the COVID-19 pandemic. How has this impacted your career?
“I have learned to become very versatile and to focus on the day’s challenges rather than be consumed with anxiety/worry for the future.”
Would you recommend this career style to young leaders?
“Absolutely! This career is a lot of front-loading at the beginning, leading to a lot of freedom down the road.”
As you can see, Meredith is focused and determined to achieve her goals. Even at a young age, she had her sights set high. From wanting to be a cosmetologist and an artist as a kid to graduating from high school and attending college while working, there was never a time where she wasn’t preparing herself for a great future. When asked about her life after graduation when she was going to college full-time and working at Starbucks, she said that it was during this period where she developed critical skills such as self-discipline, time management, the importance of having a strong work ethic, and multitasking. Are you surprised that she’s excelling within our walls? We’re not.
Meredith, let’s dive into your skill sets and career growth. What do you believe is your greatest skill?
Straight to the point, and we couldn’t agree more! You have been doing an excellent job interviewing, training, and leading others in our office these past few months. When meeting with candidates, what values are you looking for?
“Someone who values hard work, respects those around them, and takes responsibility.”
As someone excelling as a leader in our office, do you feel like you are more team-oriented or independently motivated?
“I am a highly motivated person in general, but I also work great in a team setting.”
What is your leadership style?
“ I strive to lead by example. First, setting the tone and then, upholding standards for my trainees to follow.”
Leaders often have to coach their team members. Personally, how do you respond to criticism?
“I try to take time to reflect on the criticism given to me and find ways to grow from there. If, after reflecting, I find something I disagree with, I’ll set up a time to discuss the criticism given further.”
What advice would you give someone hoping to start a career?
“Take on the challenge and get outside of your comfort zone. Allow yourself to be consumed with stress short-term, knowing that’s what leads to personal growth. Write out a list of non-negotiables in a career and be open to new experiences you never thought you’d be interested in.”
Let’s chat about your goals. What are you working to achieve short-term and long-term?
“Short-term goals are to continue interviewing and hiring qualified people to join my team and to continue to enhance my skills in sales. Long-term would be to run a successful sales company—eventually being promoted to a consultant position.”
Meredith is the perfect example of someone who leads from the front. Not only is she building a strong team of individuals and growing her sales career, but she is also a full-time student working on finishing her degree. Noted as her greatest accomplishment to date, it is one of the many reasons we admire her. Meredith inspires us every day to have zero regrets and to let our results speak for us.
“Everything successful you achieve in life comes after experiencing moments of doubt along the way.”
Are you ready to jumpstart your career at Barkley Reserve? Great! Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org today.