Employee Appreciation Day

Written by: Tammy Myers, Manager of Employee Experience

Want to show your team just how much you appreciate them?

Bosses across America can support, thank and reward their hard workers by showing them a little extra love on Employee Appreciation Day.  Established in 1995, this special day of recognition is celebrated each year on the first Friday of March.

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Be Great Today

TMJohn Keiser, CEO of OneCoast, started our “Be Great Today” series. His first post sparked interest and excitement within our company! We will be asking other OneCoast team members what “Be Great Today” means to them and how they work that into their professional and (sometimes) personal life! Sharing her thoughts this month is Tammy Myers, HR Administrative Assistant.

Q: What does “be great today” mean to you?

TM: “Be Great Today” means giving 100% in all that you do.  Approaching every task with a positive attitude even when the task might be difficult or something you don’t necessarily want to do.  Staying focused, driven and passionate about what you are doing and determined in your heart that you will succeed.  Respecting the opinions of others, leading by example and striving to inspire those around you to do the same.

Q: What can you do to “be great today”?

TM: [Responses below]

  • Realize that every day is a gift. We are not promised tomorrow so strive to be the very best in all areas of your life.
  • Make sure you keep your priorities in the right order and in balance.
  • Realize that no one is perfect so don’t be afraid to admit that you are wrong and apologize if necessary. Learn from your mistakes and move on.  Always look forward and remember that we start each day with a fresh slate.
  • Set goals for yourself and never give up no matter how long it takes. Challenge yourself to go even higher.
  • Find something good in every situation. Believe that there is a reason or purpose for everything that we go through including our trials.  I like this quote from Abraham Lincoln, “We can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Q: How do you encourage others to do the same?

TM: [Responses below]

  • Most importantly, live by example. Sometimes we only have one opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life so make it count.
  • Treat people the way that you would want to be treated.
  • Encourage, motivate and recognize people for their achievements whether great or small.
  • Realize that everyone is unique and has their own talents and abilities. Don’t expect more from someone than you are willing to give yourself.
  • Remember that everyone is important and has a purpose. I think of OneCoast as a puzzle and each of us as a piece in that puzzle.  Each piece is unique and serves a different purpose but no one piece is more important than the other and if even one piece is missing then we are incomplete.

Q: What is your favorite motivational quote? How do you apply that your everyday routine/job?

TM: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”  ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

I love this quote because it reminds me that it’s not always about ME.  Sometimes it is about planting those seeds of kindness, friendship, encouragement, etc. for the other person.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  ~ God

Anyone that knows me very well, knows that my hope and trust is found in the Lord.  For years, I kept a sign on my desk that read, “Good Morning, This is God.  I will be handling all your problems today.  I don’t need your help.  Thank you and have a great day.”  I have faith that God will never give me more than I can bear and will strengthen me through any trials that I might go through.

Tammy Myers is the Human Resources Administrative Assistant for OneCoast working directly with Joe Floriani. She rejoined the company in October 2015. Tammy started her career in the Gift & Home Furnishing industry in 1996 working with Kennedy Group which was one of the initial regional sales agencies from which OneCoast was founded. She transitioned alongside the company holding various positions including Sales Assistant and Marketing Manager. In 2010, she decided to leave to become a stay home Mom and home school teacher.

Tammy is thrilled to be back at OneCoast after what she calls her “5 year sabbatical” and loves everything she is doing now to assist Joe and all other OneCoast employees.

Tammy has a BBA degree specializing in Marketing from University of Texas at Arlington. She has been happily married for 25 years and has twin daughters.

Be Great Today

JMRohn Keiser, CEO of OneCoast, started our “Be Great Today” series. His first post sparked interest and excitement within our company! We will be asking other OneCoast team members what “Be Great Today” means to them and how they work that into their professional and (sometimes) personal life! Sharing her thoughts this month is Majda Rensberger, Vice President of Marketing.

Q: What does “be great today” mean to you?

MR: Being great today to me is being in the present every day and letting the desire of being your best self lead everything you do in that day. It’s about focus and clarity on what you want to accomplish and how you want to make an impact today on something or someone. It’s about self-accountability and setting a standard for yourself that is above the standard others hold you to which drives you to reach a little higher and do more than what’s expected. It’s a reminder that what we do today is what matters most and having the courage to know that we are in charge of the outcome of our day is ultimately what I believe will make you great today.

Q: What can you do to “be great today”?

MR: Wake up every day with a determined spirit that genuinely believes I can make this day count. This will ultimately spill over into everything you do or anyone you interact with. Know what you want to accomplish and end the day knowing that you’ve done it. It could be many small tasks checked of your list or taking steps to get to your higher goal but feeling a sense of completion at the end of the day, feeling proud in your own work and what you contributed to the day and others.

Q: How do you encourage others to do the same?

MR: By empowering others to take a leadership role in their positions and encouraging them to challenge themselves every day and think bigger. By helping them see their potential and hopefully inspiring them to see the greatness I see in them. Being genuine with my actions and words every day and in all my interactions with others I believe has an unspoken impact that leads to greatness.

Q: What is your favorite motivational quote?

MR: “The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

Charles Swindoll’s perspective on the impact of our own individual attitude every day is what I live by every day. To me it translates into self-accountability and self-control. It is our attitude and spirit that impacts everything around us. It’s a reminder to step back and look at ourselves in the mirror and continue to ask ourselves how we can be better, how we could improve upon something, how we can mold negative into positive, create a solution to a problem, go the extra mile even when no one is watching, and inspire others by being yourself. It all comes back to self and when you understand that, you become your biggest challenger, critic, motivator and driver.

Majda Rensberger is the Vice President of Marketing for OneCoast. In her 9 years with OneCoast, Majda held a leadership position in the development of the industry’s first National Sales Model (OneCoast ND One), implemented operational structures and led the development of the company’s Integrated Marketing and Sales Model.

Majda heads up the Marketing and Showroom departments where she’s responsible for marketing and branding strategies of OneCoast and their vendor partners, helping them effectively market their brands and drive B2B sales via e marketing, social media, mobile and public relations platforms. Majda is a member of the OneCoast Senior Executive team involved in the company’s strategic planning and new business development.

Majda has been a GHTA (Gift and Home Trade Association) member since 2009. During the November 2014 annual industry conference Majda was elected to serve on the Board of Directors where she’ll be involved in moving the Gift and Home industry forward.

Majda has a degree in Marketing & Communication from Columbia College and comes with a background in advertising and sales.

Meet Heidi Hall, Mud Pie Sales Division Territory Manager

1Meet Heidi Hall, Territory Manager for the Southeast Mud Pie Sales Division out of Bainbridge, GA. Let’s get to know a little more about Heidi!

Q: How long have you been with OneCoast?

HH: 4 years and 9 months, but who is counting?? LOL!!
Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

HH: Helping my customers-whether it is showing a new release, getting a call tag or reporting damages or opening a new account-it means a lot to me for them to let me help them. I truly love building relationships with my customers. Most of them have become great friends!

2Q: You’re on the road driving to your next appointment. What tunes are you listening to?

HH: Thank God for Sirius XM-90’s on 9, Margaritaville, Coffeehouse-I listen to it all.

Q:What do you like to do in your free time?

HH: I love to spend time with my family. We are lucky to live on a river so we spend a lot of time on our boat and we love to travel.

Q: Finally, fill in the blank: be __today!

HH: Be FUN today!

Be Great Today | Elisabeth Bond

EBJohn Keiser, CEO of OneCoast, started our “Be Great Today” series. His first post sparked interest and excitement within our company! We will be asking other OneCoast team members what “Be Great Today” means to them and how they work that into their professional and (sometimes) personal life! Up to bat this time, Elisabeth Bond, Regional Sales Manager, Northeast.

Q: What does “be great today” mean to you?

EB: “BE GREAT TODAY” to me, means that I put forth my best effort. Every task or assignment that I touch, I do to the best of my ability. Not half baked. Every person that I encounter sees and feels that I am “all in”.

Q: What can you do to “be great today”?

EB: To “BE GREAT TODAY”, I have to be organized. When I am not-my efforts reflect it. I am a list maker. Then I break things down into chunks based upon priorities. Then, I go the extra mile. I check and I double check. I like to be sure that all the proverbial I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed. Next, I have to be prepared. If I am ill-prepared, I am far from GREAT! Preparation takes time, but it makes all the difference in the end result.

Q: How do you encourage others to do the same?

EB: I am a firm believer in leading by example. If my work product and attitude were shabby, what model would one have to follow?

It is again about the organization; preparation; willingness to go the extra mile; putting forth 110%; “talking the talk and walking the walk”. I also think one has to be brave. Not afraid to make a mistake or be vulnerable. Demonstrate accountability, humility and hutzpah all at that same time!

Q: What is your favorite motivational quote?

EB: I have so many…it is hard to select just one that keeps me going.

  • Remember who you are and what you represent.” –  Bugs Bowring, circa 1980. My college freshman roommate. This was her mother’s mantra, and it has always stuck with me.
  • “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” –  Not sure who said that one, but words I have lived by throughout my career. Hard work and sacrifice will result in good things!
  • “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.” –  One of my father’s favorites that I often heard as a kid. Life and adversity will throw you challenges. Learn and grow from them.
  • “Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”, Virgina Woolf – This quote motivated, inspired and reminded me that during a trial of dealing with cancer, it’s ugly process and aftermath, I just had to keep arranging and re-arranging how I could physically and mentally contend with things. I could not control what was happening to me, only how I dealt with it.

Elisabeth joined OneCoast in October of 2006. She came to the organization with over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, operations and customer relations.

Elisabeth served as a Territory Manager in the Maryland/Virginia/Washington DC area on both the Homestyle and Gift sides of the business. She was an extremely motivated, organized, and independent, TM, that cared for her customers and helped them to grow their operations. She developed an underperforming region into a productive and profitable one for both OneCoast and their Vendors.

In 2009, Elisabeth was promoted to a Regional Account Representative, focusing on large national and independent accounts up and down the east coast. Her ability to negotiate with vendors on behalf of her customer’s, in addition to her professional care of her accounts, was just part of what set Elisabeth apart. She was a dedicated and committed advocate to their success and prosperity, while also serving as a high-quality liaison to their Vendors partners.

In 2012, Elisabeth assumed the role of Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast. In this capacity, she manages the operations of the region and works closely with the 16 Territory Managers, to execute the strategies of the OneCoast Vendors and support the many retailers in the area.

Elisabeth is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. She and her husband, Kevin, reside in New Freedom, PA with their 2 teenage children.