John 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.