Congrats to our longest tenured partner, Mr. Mike Shields, whose hard work this past year has paid off once again, and has earned him a spot as one of our attendants for R&R this year. R&R is a conference that is held in Punta Canta, Puerto Rico this year, and only the top employees from each organization are invited to attend.
Back to Mike, who after six years, is still on top of his game, teaching others, maintaining a great attitude both in office and on the field, and manages to bring out his best each day on the job. On top of the responsibilities he takes on training newer employees, he also steps in as Assistant Director, taking care of business back in the office when needed, continuing to maintain a positive attitude that resonates throughout the whole workplace.
For these reasons, it was easy choice to invite him to attend R&R once again this year. We look forward to witnessing continuous growth in Mike, and seeing all that he will bring to our company. Keep it up Mike!
With only a few days left in the Elite Media Pop Tab competition, who will take the win? So far, the team consisting of Leigh Jackson, Courtney Allen and Yoel Orue is taking over, with over 100 tabs collected already! However, the Admin team made up of Taylor Hughson, Brandie Jackson and Valerie Webster are following close behind, with more than fifty tabs added to their collection! Our teams are so excited to deliver their collection to the Ronald McDonald House, and have upped their game to see who can bring the most back!
Stay tuned for the final countdown, and see who the winners are!
Elite Media hit Pewaukee for a music-themed team night, heading to Pewaukee’s Waterfront Wednesday concert series, held at the Lakefront Park! This evening the musical guest featured was Valerie and the Boyz!
Valerie and the Boyz are an R&B, Top 40, Old School, Funk, Soul & Blues-Rock cover band that works to keep the crowd coming, and have played all over the Milwaukee area!
With lots of food, great music, and a beautiful lakefront scene, our team had a great time! We can’t wait for the next team night!
In every company, there are two different types of workers. There are the ones that have an “employee” mindset, and those that have the “entrepreneurial” mindset. But what is the difference between these two, and how can employers motivate their employees to adopt the right mindset?
For starters, some of the signs of an “employee mindset” deal with attitude, while others are harder to detect. According to an infographic found on a Huffingtonpost article, if your workers are displaying the following traits:
Do they complain about almost everything?
Do they make excuses and refuse to take responsibilities for their actions?
Do they lack enthusiasm for new projects or ideas?
Are they refusing to help their co-workers complete a task?
Are they the source of gossip in your team?
Do they tend to lie about various scenarios more often than not?
Do they seem like the “know-it-all”, who refuses to listen to anyone else?
Are they known for being independent and working alone?
Do they tend to be irresponsible, and not taking initiative?
Are they distracted, not asking questions, and not showing signs of growth?
If so, then they may be adapting to the “disengaged” employee mindset. For them, this job is temporary, and they aren’t looking to move up and become a vital aspect of the company. In their eyes, the job ends as soon as they leave the office, and they aren’t looking to contribute any further.
However, for those employees with the “entrepreneurial” mindset, the job is never over, and they put their all into everything. According to an infographic found on Pinterest titled “Employee vs Entrepreneur”, the entrepreneurial employee looks at the job as something to be excited about. They put serious effort into everything they do, looking at it as “something to do all the time.” Furthermore, support is something they create, and their income isn’t the most important thing to them. Rather, that is something that can be gained later. For them, they want to contribute to the company, aid in its success, and work toward a greater goal. Furthermore, according to “8 Differences between ‘Entrepreneurs’ and ‘Employees’”, from entrepreneur.com, an entrepreneur improves upon their skills, thrives on risk, and works to delegate where they put their focus on.
So how do you get your employees to adapt the entrepreneur mindset? According to another article found on entrepreneur.com, titled “ 9 ‘Mindsets' You Need to Switch From Employee to Entrepreneur”, one big thing you need to realize is that you are responsible for all the decisions made, both good ones and bad ones. Some other mindsets you need to adapt include being able to hold both short and long-term visions, and getting used to the feeling of being uncomfortable.
So, do you think you have what it takes to adapt to the entrepreneur mindset?
If you want to learn more about this topic, check out these links!
Meet Yoel, who has been chosen to be our newest Employee of the Week. Yoel has been making tremendous progress since he started with us two weeks ago, and is already moving towards becoming an Account Manager! With his energy, positivity, and drive to hit goals, it’s easy to see why he was chosen. When catching up with Yoel, he stated that what he likes most about this company is the “work ethic, and that it is very demanding. Everyone is here is very competitive, and I am a very competitive person.” He also discussed how working here has helped him in his career development, stating that, “to see that every business starts off with its smallest amount . . . not every business is born with a million dollars, some businesses have started from the ground up, and it’s nice to see that.” He also said that his proudest moment when working here was “Hitting all of my personal goals in one day.” Moving on, Yoel gave this helpful piece of advice for prospective candidates: “Don’t listen to negativity, just do you.” He also described Elite Media with these three words: “positivity, relentless, and decisiveness.” As for a personal motto: “There’s a quote from Steve Jobs that I like, that says “Stay hungry, stay foolish”” When Yoel isn’t in the office or out on the field, some of his hobbies include “Pool, I play in pool tournaments, play soccer, and I run."
There’s something to be said about an employee that can instantly lift the mood of the office as soon as they walk in. They are the ones that seem to consistently have a positive energy and can put a smile on everyone’s faces. Enter in one of our newer employees Josh, who has been with us since June. Currently he resides as a Sales Representative, but is working towards becoming an Account Manager.
Although he hasn’t been with us long, it’s easy to see why we wanted to highlight him for this week’s employee spotlight. His drive, attitude and consistent positivity have helped him improve, hit goals and show genuine growth and development within the company.
Catching up with Josh, he says what he likes best about working with Elite is the “positive vibe… everybody is extremely friendly, the attitude is always up and fantastic, and the huge potential for growth . . . That was one thing that I was looking for when coming into a new organization and not being stuck in the same position and having the opportunity to grow and get promoted through the ranks. These are the biggest components about what I like about Elite. ”
As far as giving three words only to describe this company, Josh said “progressive, resilient, and positive”
When asked about how working here has helped his career development, as far as long term and short terms goals, he said that “It has helped to add on to what my existing experience had . . . I’ve had a few management positions and I have sales experience, but this has allowed me to use all of my knowledge and skills to become better. This allows me to do all of everything which is what I like the most.”
Josh went on to discuss his proudest moment when working here, that made him say “I like this company, I want stay”: “I had done research before coming here, so I knew what I was getting myself into. But when I was actually here, one of the biggest moments was when I hit four sales in a day, so for me, with being a new person and just keeping at it, and doing really well in one day was a really big moment for me.”
Josh also shared his personal mantra and what gets him excited. He said “I’m naturally just a really positive person, so the position has been really easy for me to basically stay positive in the work environment.”
However, what really stemmed that mentality started back in college. Josh was a desk assistant, where he built great relationships with everyone in the halls. One day he failed a test, and someone he saw frequently greeted him. And although he greeted her back, he knew he wasn’t his normal self, and he realized that scenario invalidated all of their other interactions.
So for Josh, going forward, holding on to that mentality and knowing that what matters most right here and right now is important. For him, “that’s why I like to keep it really positive and not let any outside factors affect my interactions with other people in the present moment.”
When asked about what he likes to do when he’s outside of work, Josh replied, “I’m a good old Northern Wisconsin dude. I like to drive my lifted truck, I shoot guns, and I lift weights.”
Keep up the great work and the great attitude Josh! We can’t wait to see what you do!
This past Wednesday marked the 4th annual company BBQ, held at the Jackson residence! The night started at 3am, with Mr. Leigh Jackson himself beginning the smoking process for the upcoming feast. While it took all day for the meat to turn out perfectly, it was well worth it. In total, the menu consisted of 9 slabs ribs, 3 briskets brisket, 2 chickens, pork shoulder, and hot dogs, along with roasted corn, vegetable salad, potato salad, beans, watermelon, and cookies! And if the food wasn’t enough, a live band, Jake’s Room, attended the party, playing hits all night and providing entertainment for everyone. To finish the night, s’mores were handed out, and an intense game of flag football broke out, with a Milwaukee vs. Madison show down. With a final total of 21-7, Milwaukee did their city proud, and took the win! We can’t wait for next year!
On Tuesday, June 13th, the Elite Media Communications team headed down to Chicago, Illinois for the Midwest Regionals Meeting, held at the Renaissance Hotel. For our reps that attended, they were given the chance to meet and network with other people in our industry. They were able learn new skills that can be utilized and implemented into their daily routines to help them grow in to management faster. While at the meeting, the CEO of our company, Leigh Jackson was given the opportunity to speak at this event, along with other top managers from the Midwest territories. Overall they had a great time, and learned lots of skills to bring back to Milwaukee. Before heading back to Wisconsin, our team stopped by Giordiano’s for some deep dish pizza. We can't wait for the next conference!
Milwaukee, WI- This past Wednesday, on June 21st, Elite Media hosted their 2nd annual company softball game. In attendance were members of the Oak Creek, Green Bay, as well as our own Elite Media team. All in all it was a great night for food, friends and some friendly competition. In an intense game between Elite and the other offices, we took home the win in the final inning. We can’t wait for next year!
On April 22, 2017, the National Recruiters Conference took place in Atlanta, Georgia, where recruiters from all over the country came to network, gain advice, mentor, and overall learn more about the recruiting process. In attendance was Vice President Brandie Jackson, who was also invited to speak at this event, as well as new recruiter for Elite Media Communications, Ally Anderson. When speaking to Brandie about this event, she mentioned that the biggest takeaway for her was “the development and changes to social media and branding. Since there wasn't as much involved with social media and branding when I first started the position 7 years ago, it is a subject I need to continue to develop further.” As far as catching up with her about her speech, she said “It is always an honor to be chosen to asked to be a speaker. I strongly believe that if you work hard at your position, are dedicated to the growth and opportunity, it will not go unnoticed. While it is an honor to be a speaker at the national conference you must remember to stay humble. There is much more that I still need to learn and develop. The reminder to stay humble, network with others, and study the material presented by the other speakers was the greatest take away.” Overall it was a great experience for both ladies, who brought back with them lessons and skills for Elite Media Communications to implement.
On April 19, 2017, national consultant Dewayne Long came to visit Elite Media Communications in their Milwaukee, office, to check up on the business, and talk to the members of the business. Offices from around the Southeastern Wisconsin came down to visit, as well as to meet with Dewayne. During this visit, Dewayne spent time getting to know members of the company, as well as took some time to give some advice to the reps within the office. The night before, Dewayne and a few members of leadership went to The Smoke Shack for dinner. Overall, this was not only a great learning experience, but a great way to network, and gain more knowledge and insight on the business. We look forward to having you back Dewayne!
For this March Madness season, the sales team of Elite Media Communications is celebrating in their own way, by holding a three-week long sales contest. For this contest, the three representatives with the most sales at the end of the three-week period will be crowned the winners. And this year, the stakes have been raised, as those three winners will be rewarded with tickets for courtside seats to the Milwaukee Bucks vs Dallas Mavericks game, held on April 2nd.
With such a great prize on the line, everyone has their game-face on, ready to win this tournament. And with such fierce competition, who will end up on top?
Elite Media Communications is a marketing firm in the Milwaukee area working with fortune 500 companies, which has drove them to become a top leader in the industry. Because of this growth, they are constantly expanding and opening new offices to accommodate. With opening new offices, Elite Media likes to hire within, rather than outside. Bring in Saad Fleifel, one of Elite Media’s Corporate Trainers, who will be taking the role of assistant manager for the newest Elite Media office in Milwaukee.
Although Saad is taking on the assistant manager role for the newest office, he wasn’t always a part of the Elite Media team. He mentioned that he used to “work in a a relatively same sales position for a different company. But I feel that it’s only fair to say what I did before that. Before that I worked at UPS, loading boxed all day, everyday labor intensive, had growth opportunities but I really wasn’t interested.” Moving forward, Saad came to Elite Media Communications, where he now currently speaks to President of the company Leigh Jackson, “everyday”, and finds the company to be a fun work environment. He also mentioned that some of his hobbies are that “I like to hang out with friends, and I like to play basketball.”
What initially drew Saad to the company in the first place was the environment. He mentioned that in his previous area of work, “everyone was joking around”. But at Elite Media, the first draw-in was “the structure they had” and that there were “no games, super serious, professionalism, and he “liked professional environment”. He also stated that the company gave this “vibe” that “seemed like I’m gonna turn you into a professional, I’m just not a kid, hopefully you will make it out the door.” When asked if Elite Media helped him go in any areas, Saad stated that “I feel like… it’s gonna open up a lot paths for me. I don’t know what areas yet, but if I make a million my first year, a Maserati is on my way.”
For a final thought, Saad gave some good advice for those looking to move forward within the company:
“Stay ultra-focused, listen to your peers rather than push them back and questioning things, and you know just go with the flow. Don’t question too much, because the thing is, we’re gonna put you in the best position, so opposed to hitting my goals in six months, I want to hit my goals in five months, I wanna hit my goals in four months.”
On Wednesday December 28, 2016 Elite Media Communications celebrated its 4th Annual company holiday party. The party was by far the best holiday party Elite Media has ever hosted. Almost all of the company's employees and their family members were in attendance. The catered food was delicious, the children that attended had a great time, and several awards were handed out. The recipients were as followed:
What a great year this year has been. We look forward to 2017 and next years award winners. Happy New Year!!
Elite Media Communications would like to congratulate Robert Moore and Rachael Obeng on winning some pretty cool holiday gifts. Every November, we run a company bonus for two lucky individuals and the rewards are given right before Christmas. This year Moore won 1st prize which was a 55" 4K television and soundbar. Obeng finished second place and won a Sony Playstation 4. Great job keep up the good work!!!
At Elite Media we believe in working hard, but playing harder. Most recently the team all hung out at AMF Bowling to have fun and bowl the night away. We always have team nights like this one, but this was special because it served as a token of appreciation for friends and family members of the staff members for their support. Pizza and soda was served. (Gutter balls were not welcomed) :)
As a gift to newly promoted manager Casity McIntyre of Limitless Enterprise Inc, Elite Media President Leigh Jackson surprised McIntyre and two of her staff members with court-side tickets to see Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Milwaukee Bucks. In the end the Bucks beat the Cavaliers 118-101. What a great night!
November 21, 2016 was a monumental day for Elite Media Communications. This was the day Casity McIntyre got promoted to management. McIntyre now co-runs the Milwaukee territory with Elite Media President & CEO Leigh Jackson. After 16 months of completing the management training program Limitless Enterprise is now open for business under the leadership of company President/CEO Casity McIntyre. McIntyre’s journey to management began at Elite Media Communications, located in Wauwatosa, WI in 2015. She started as an entry-level sales rep, but quickly advanced to the management training position. Her ambition, drive and tenacity helped her become a rising star almost immediately from when she was hired. A little after a year, she was promoted to assistant manager. Casity grew up on the Menomonee Indian Reservation and graduated from Preble High School in 2006. Upon graduating she studied for a few semesters at Ramussen College in 2009. In 2013, she earned her Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate through the American Red Cross in Green Bay, Wisconsin. McIntyre has years of professional experience in management in both human resource managerial experience and also previous experience in retail. She loves working with people, is fluent in Spanish and English, punctual, driven, goal orientated, personable, productive, outgoing, adaptable and ambitious. She loves playing sports, and was a former starting point guard on her high school varsity team. Some of her other hobbies include listening to music, reading books, camping, and skiing. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her son and her family. We are extremely proud of Casity and know she will accomplish great things in her career!!
On December 2, 2016 company President Leigh Jackson and Vice President Brandie Jackson were invited to attend True Vision Enterprises annual company symposium in Newport Beach, California. True Vision Enterprise is an affiliate company of Elite Media Communications, and the company structure is very similar to Elite Media. True Vision is a more established company, and has been in business a few years longer and is owned and operated by Dewayne Long Jr. who serves as a mentor and coach to the Jackson’s. The focus of the symposium was recruiting, and served as a major impact for managers in the industry that flew in from all parts of the country as well as their recruiters. Brandie Jackson was elected to help host the conference and was a guest speaker on a few of the most pertinent topics, and provided excellent insight to the audience on how to improve. Later that evening at the company Christmas Party Brandie received the team player award for how much of an impact she has on the entire organization. Leigh Jackson also won the 2016 High Performance Award as well. Newly promoted manager from Elite Media Daniel Carr II also won newcomer of the year.
From October 2-4, 2016 Elite Media Communications Inc. company President/CEO Leigh Jackson rewarded select members of his staff with an opportunity of a lifetime. Current assistant manager Casity McIntyre, assistant director Michael Shields, newly promoted manager Daniel Carr II, and senior recruiter Gina De Leon got a chance to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada in style. Along with company Vice President, Brandie Jackson, Elite Media attended this year’s R&R trip and awards ceremony all expenses paid. This is the sixth year in-a-row Elite Media has rewarded staff members with this amazing opportunity. The major clients Elite Media partners with sponsor this event, and open it up to other major independent contracted distributors to attend. In past years, R&R has been held in such exotic Caribbean locations such as Cancun, Jamaica, and the Bahamas just to name a few. Normally the trip takes place in the Caribbean, but due to safety concerns with the Zika Virus the meeting took place this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each individual going had their own hotel suite at the Aria Resort and Casino. The Aria is an $8 billion dollar development complete with over 4,000 rooms.
This year, the Jackson was awarded with the presidential award, which is one of the most prestigious awards given out. “I’m still shocked we won the award. Not because we didn’t deserve it, but because winning awards and accolades don’t define who we are as a company. I get so caught up in getting better every day and the people in front of me, that it truly slipped my mind. At the end of the day, I’m extremely grateful we were recognized for the year we are having, said Jackson.”
May 24, 2016 - Once a quarter, Elite Media Communications selects less than a handful of the rising stars from its office to send to the top leader meeting in Dallas, Texas. In order to qualify for this all-inclusive meeting paid for and sponsored by Elite Media, those who are chosen must excel in a number of different areas within the office. The number one area is growth; growth from a managerial standpoint, compliance and sales just to name a few. The purpose of this meeting is to help those in attendance grow to upper management within a reasonable time, once they return to their local offices.
Since our company specializes in promotion from within, the individuals facilitating the meeting as well as the guest speakers, all started form the entry level themselves early in their careers. From a credibility stand point, this is huge because the speakers can relate to any and every of the most challenging issues presented by the attendees. We are proud to announce Richard Fipps, and Dan Carr II both worked extremely hard and were selected to attend.
June 23, 2016 - Three times a year, Elite Media Communications attends a management training meeting in Chicago, Illinois area. This particular time the meeting was hosted at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, Illinois. The meeting primarily specializes in areas such as training, supervising and brand management, just to name a few topics discussed. Moreover this particular meeting is a spin off of our Dallas top leader meeting. It also gives an opportunity for those that just missed hitting their qualifications to attend Dallas a second chance. As always those that are chosen are exposed to the “bigger picture.”
Our company offers and allows our rising stars to ask tons of questions as well as network with the top owners and account managers in the mid west region. Per usual, Elite Media funs the entire short trip as a reward, and even treats the staff to award winning deep dish Chicago style pizza from Giordanos Pizza after the meeting. For most, it’s a turning point in their careers largely due to the exposure, and partly because they’re able to see and understand that there’s more to our company than what’s in front of them.
CEO, Leigh Jackson, and COO, Brandie Jackson, traveled to Cleveland, OH to meet with their local DirecTv organization. During their time there they networked regarding Human Resources developing, sales representative training courses, and over all company growth. Traveling to network with other offices is just one in the many steps in completing the 2016 Elite Media Communication Goals that was written by Leigh Jackson in the beginning of the year.
Derott Johnson came into Elite Media Communications at the end of June and immediately made a name for himself as an Account Representative. Derott entered in the company with a strong background in management. Johnson’s previous job involved working with juvenile boys as a counselor /mentor. After graduating high school he attended school at Mercer University, and Tennessee state where he majored in human resources and minored in accounting. As far as hobbies he enjoys playing chess, bowling and playing most sports.
Johnson’s goal is to run his own business again, but this time his vision is to take it to new heights. In addition, he would like to be able to help people believe in themselves. Most of all Johnson wants to be someone who leaves a good impression on the people whom’s paths he crosses. Johnson has been able to bring his management experience in to this position which has assisted in a rapid promotion in to the corporate trainer position. Congrats Derott!
Fourth Quarter expansion with Elite Media Communications so far has started off with a bang. Clifton Neal III has spear headed that expansion by completing our management training program just in time for the holiday season. Over a year ago Neal started as a new sales rep in our office, now as a result of hard work, dedication, and perseverance today Neal is cutting the ribbon and running his own business in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Epic Consulting Group Inc. is Neal’s company name and has goals of taking New Mexico by storm. Epic Consulting Group Inc. is a name Neal created and envisioned while he was an account manager here at Elite Media. His company is partnered with Directv, Safelink Wireless, and Walmart; pretty impressive portfolio of clients to represent especially as a brand new business. We are very proud of Neal and his recent accomplishments, and are very confident he will do extremely well. We are excited about finishing the quarter strong as we embark on 2016 from a growth standpoint. Several individuals are slated to follow in Neal’s footsteps…will you be next?
Our team had an amazing meeting studying the ins and outs of the human resource role from the best in the country this week. Leigh Jackson, CEO, Brandie Jackson, COO, Derrick Wolski, Asst Manager, and Meagan Boyer, Executive Administrator, were all selected to attend this conference and spend 3 days in sunny Southern California. During this time the Elite Media Communications team attend the human resources conference, spent time at the beach, attended a holiday party, and visited some Hollywood landmarks.
Congratulations to Brandie Jackson for being selected to speak at the conference and Leigh Jackson for receiving a award for his hard work with the company.