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The Skill I Needed At My First Promotion - Gordon Sutton

Sep 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Management was the skill I most needed at my first promotion.

Before my first promotion, I was a sales rep for a four-state territory.  That meant I learned about working alone and setting my own schedule early on.  When I was promoted to a managing role at Elkay, I quickly realized that managing people means managing and juggling many schedules and people with different personalities, and trying to fit yourself in somewhere, too.

Management is a real skill: it’s one thing to motivate and challenge yourself, but it’s another to learn how to motivate and challenge others.

That early experience is part of the reason my firm, Medallion Cabinets, is a presenting sponsor for the first NEXTgen Future Business Leaders conference by the SEN Design Group.  It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the next generation of kitchen and bath dealers and remodelers to gain industry-specific financial education and leadership support.

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Why is it important for Medallion Cabinets to sponsor this event?


The conference’s name, NEXTgen, says it all. If you and your business are not ready for future business, then you already have a sign on your door that says “going out of business.”  You just don’t know it yet.

Yes, it’s THAT important.

Medallion Cabinets is part of Elkay, the largest privately held cabinet manufacturer in the nation. We wrote the book on being entrepreneurs. We partner with new dealers (entrepreneurs) every day, and we have the teams in place to train, support and guide our new business partners to a successful and profitable future.

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Let’s connect in Austin! I look forward to meeting you.

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Check out what other NextGen Sponsors shared about the skill they wished they had when they received their first promotion:

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