Our Prized HR Manager, Chavely Mendez, Gives an Inside Look at Her Job

Chavely Mendez is the Human Resources Manager here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) which is a position that holds a lot of responsibility. She handles all of the recruiting for the company, including all of the logistics and paperwork for new hires. Chavely also regularly analyzes and documents best practices for recruitment, while speaking to over 100 people per day. It’s safe to say that her position requires a certain degree of diligence, patience, organization, and an arsenal of people skills.

After college, Chavely worked in retail. However, she didn’t feel a passion towards the industry and was soon on the hunt for a position that would fill her needs.

“I had another company that wanted to hire me for a human resources position, but after Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.16 AMmy first interview at Atlantic Solutions, I knew where I needed to be. The people were just so welcoming and friendly here and it actually made me feel really comfortable. My nerves were calmed and the environment just felt right. I was asked to come in for another interview at the first company I mentioned; but, instead, I interviewed again with Atlantic Solutions which was the best decision I’ve made.”

When she did come back for that second interview, Chavely felt the familiar comfort and ease that she did before. I bet you’re wondering if that same feeling held up once she was hired and started her career in Human Resources – well this is what she had to say about her job:

“What I love the most is performing behind the scenes and having a real, tangible sense of responsibility. I love helping DK help build his company. I love being able to talk to everyone before they are hired and that I get to show them around the office. I really love my job.”

She sure does have a strong passion for what she does. Another part of the Human Resources role is fostering relationships with coworkers in the workplace to maintain a positive morale and a teamwork mentality.

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.54 AM“We do something called “Team Night” where we bond with DK, the leaders, new employees, and the rest of the team. For instance, last night we went bowling. It’s a fun and engaging way to get to know each other on a more personal level outside of the workplace. Team night provides a stress-free environment where I can learn more about our employees’ goals and what they want to accomplish, which I think is important when trying to stimulate success.”

She speaks highly of her coworkers, stating that it’s easy to maintain both professional relationships as well as friendships outside of the office.

It is no question that Chavely is a brilliant Human Resources Manager and we’re so lucky to have her on the Atlantic Solutions team!

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Atlantic Solutions Team Leaders Attend Prestigious “Top Gun” Seminar [PART 3]

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Welcome back! To learn more about Atlantic Solutions team leader Hassan Wehbeh’s career-shaping weekend in Los Angeles, California at the Top Gun conference, check out the finale of our interview below:

What was your favorite part of the event?

Definitely meeting all of the “Top Gunners,” and just connecting with them. Top Gun picks the top guys from companies in the United States. Depending on the size of the company, they can pick one, two, or three people. We have a pretty big office, so they picked three from our office: Nick, James, and me. People are chosen according to the quality of their work and the production that they bring.

Can you describe the schedules of the days you were there?

We were treated like rockstars! An entrepreneur named Julie set up everything: breakfast, lunch, dinner, fun, social, bars and nightlife, everything. It was a blast. Everything waQuote3.pngs paid for! On the first day, we had dinner with Julie and all of the other Top Gun people. So we got to hang out with the top crew of the organization and connect with each other. The next day we had a full day, we woke up at 5:00, left the hotel at 5:45 and we got to the client broker’s office at 7 am, where we had breakfast. After that, we headed to the location and they had a set list for us of what we were going to do, who we were going to talk to, and all of the workshops. The client broker’s team spoke on what they think about us. They knew each one of us and our background! They were very knowledgeable about who we were. They would ask what our names were and we’d tell them and they’d say, “Oh you’re awesome for all these reasons.” They were open to hearing what we think about them, and how we think they can get better because at the end of the day their system is based on us. The more we grow, the faster they grow.

We sat with our client broker’s CEO, I finally got to meet him! He’s a legend in our office, everyone talks about him. After that, we went to dinner and then we went to a rooftop bar. There was even bottle service! Our flight wasn’t until the evening on Saturday so they set up a full day for us. We went to the beach and rode bikes on the boardwalk and then we went on a tour of all of the celebrities’ houses. After that, we had all you can eat sushi which put us in a food coma. Then we went back to the hotel and got ready to head back.

Congratulations to Hassan and the other two Atlantic Solutions team leaders picked, we’ll keep an eye out for all of your future achievements!

For more news on what the Atlantic Solutions team is up to, head over to our blog!

 

Atlantic Solutions Team Leaders Attend Prestigious “Top Gun” Seminar [PART 2]

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In case you missed it, we’ve been chatting with one of the Atlantic Solutions team leaders who got to attend the exclusive three-day Top Gun retreat. Read more of our interview with Hassan Wehbeh below:

Quote2What kind of jobs did the other attendees have?

All of them work in some kind of leadership position. There were about 500 to 600 people that were considered, but only a few got selected. Those people have proven that they’re top notch at their jobs, above all of the other people. The people selected had all kinds of responsibilities. It’s pretty fascinating what they’ve achieved. Being picked isn’t easy. Every person there had a purpose for wanting to be at Top Gun, they wanted that one step forward. Nothing happens in our business by accident, when we set a goal, we act on it and we reach it. You don’t just lay back and wish for the goal to move a step closer.

What were some common qualities that you noticed among the people selected?

They were all friendly and willing to connect. We were all mostly trained in sales, which has a bad reputation. People don’t want to do sales. But our job is to make the sales process simple and easy to implement. This is something that unites us as leaders.

Who did you receive the one-on-one coaching from?

I scheduled a one-on-one with every single one of the coaches! There was one CEO of a big company that I didn’t get to meet with, but that’s the only one I didn’t have a one-on-one with. We had a group meeting with him, but I basically took control of the conversation and asked all of the questions, it was like me and him back and forth.

What were the workshops like?

They coach you as if you are about to manage a new office. They make sure that you’re well equipped to do that, even though you’re not there yet. You’ve already achieved the first step by reaching your position. They teach you to achieve even more.

To read the final part of Hassan’s interview, click here.

Atlantic Solutions Team Leaders Attend Prestigious “Top Gun” Seminar [PART 1]

Read about three Atlantic Solutions team leaders’ business trip to California.

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Whether you’ve heard of the US Navy’s Top Gun flight school or simply seen the classic 1986 film, you get the idea: an intensive training program for only the best fighter pilots in the Navy. Top Gun has the same idea: rigorous coaching to refine and produce the most elite sales personnel in the industry. Each year, the company hosts an exclusive three-day sales retreat in Los Angeles, California for 35 of the top sellers from businesses across the country.

Out of 600 potential candidates this year, three of our team leaders here at Atlantic Solutions were selected for a weekend of wining, dining, networking, and learning from some of the leading businesspeople in his field. We caught up with one of the lucky individuals, Hassan Wehbeh, to get a look inside the career-shaping event:

Why do you think you were picked?

My presence in the office and the example of leadership that I set. I’m always trying to bring something new to the table. Our business requires us to be creative because we have a system and we work that system. That’s the foundation: how you make that system work, how you can use your personality differently in the system. You have to keep becoming better every day, and I think that’s something that I was picked for because I focus on team production and numbers a lot. I’m a numbers guy. I was in finance and investment before I jumped into this. It’s about how you can actually make the numbers work for you because numbers explain everything. So being able to recognize numbers and work off of numbers is key for production. I do that every day, and I show other people how to do it.

What are your responsibilities as a team leader?

As a team leader, you have to always set the example. This job relies a lot on your mentality, ambitions, goals. Our goal is to develop managers who have an entrepreneurial mindset. “Entrepreneur” sounds very broad, but it’s really the attitude that allows you to be able to take on multiple challenges. My responsibility is basically to be the front and the back of the team. I have to drive production as an entrepreneur, I have to drive the money factor behind the business and always be productive. Another responsibility is that I have to push my Quote1peers to become better every day. Me being picked for Top Gun, or whoever is picked for Top Gun has something to do with how we work as a team, that’s our culture. We would not become anything if we couldn’t rely on our team. It’s my responsibility to hold my team accountable for whatever they want to achieve. Their goals are my goals. I have to ensure that they actually reach their goals. I have to be able to maintain personal and professional responsibilities. I have to make sure that my team members also realize and act upon their responsibilities, instead of laying back and waiting for someone else to complete that responsibility. We feed off of what people achieve.

Click here to check out part 2 of our interview with Atlantic Solutions team leader, Hassan!

Springtime Heating Up at Atlantic Solutions

Every seasonal shift brings about excitement for what’s ahead — but there’s something particularly exciting about Spring at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ)! Maybe it’s the budding trees, the May graduations, the consecutive promotions, the annual events we look forward to all year — or maybe it’s just something in the air!

Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming events for the Atlantic Solutions team. Be sure to keep reading until the bottom and check out our exciting announcement.

This Week

Our president has selected three top performers at Atlantic Solutions to accompany him to an invite-only business seminar in Los Angeles. Hassan Wehbeh, Nick Sullivan, and James Schnell will fly with DK to the West Coast on Thursday, May 18th, to take part in networking dinners, workshops, and one-on-one coaching from a variety of successful businesspeople. They will be wined and dined and given the well-deserved royal treatment! If the event is anything like last year’s, this group will come back from their long weekend bursting with knowledge and fresh motivation. We can’t wait to hear about their biggest takeaways.

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Last year’s Top Gun event

Next Month

Only weeks away is one of our alltime favorite annual events, a national conference being held in New Orleans this year. Several members of the Atlantic Solutions leadership team will head down to the Big Easy for a long weekend that’s sure to be unforgettable — and we’re not just talking about the beignets!

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Last year’s conference was in Dallas

Exciting Announcement!

This additional event happening in June deserves a drumroll (and definitely it’s own subheading). One of our assistant managers, Tashaun Thomas, has completed his management training at Atlantic Solutions and is currently preparing to manage a new office in June! This is a huge step in his career, and we are thrilled to see his hard work paying off.

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DK and Tashaun

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Tashaun, Jalil and Milady Attended a Seminar in California — Here Is What They Learned (Part II)

We told you we’d be back with more! Let’s hear more what the Atlantic Solutions assistant managers learned about during their recent business seminar on the West Coast. If you missed the first part of the series you can read it here!

Time Management

Tashaun and JalilMost business leaders will tell you that the way the manage their time is a factor that makes or breaks their success. So, Tashaun, Jalil and Milady were understandably grateful that this subject matter was covered at the seminar in such depth.

The first step in time management, they learned, is to determine your “why.” In other words, who do you want to be, what do you want to accomplish, and what choices are you going to make in order to achieve your goals.

The next step in planning is writing down a list of roles and relationships and prioritizing the top three, or the “big rocks.” The group watched a wonderful video, based upon Stephen Covey’s teachings, that provided a visual illustration of what happens when you fail to prioritize your most important tasks. The important takeaway was this: when planning your week, first schedule what is vital. Then schedule what is important, and only add what would be ‘nice to do’ at the very end. If you do this in the wrong order, the vital tasks will either never get done, and/or you will find yourself stressed and overwhelmed!

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There were so many other highlights of our assistant managers’ California excursion that we would be remiss to leave them out!

There was the dance-off on Saturday… which Jalil won and picked up $100 cash. Tashaun remarked, “He’s a dancer so I wasn’t surprised. He was very confident going in. The odds were definitely in his favor.”

Then, of course, there was lots of fun on Venice Beach with the whole group!

Tashaun shared with us that he most enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the other professionals at the seminar. He enjoyed hearing about their struggles and strengths. His biggest takeaway was this:

“If you don’t like helping people you’ll never get ahead. Your most valuable skill is transferring knowledge. Helping others is your opportunity.”

Stay in touch with Atlantic Solutions! Let’s connect on LinkedIn before you go!

Tashaun, Jalil and Milady Attended a Seminar in California — Here Is What They Learned (Part I)

Jalil and TashaunOne of the greatest perks of moving up in the ranks at Atlantic Solutions is the opportunity to travel across the country to learn from others. We recently sent our three assistant managers, Tashaun, Jalil, and Milady, to California for a pretty spectacular seminar, a business boot camp intended to prepare them for their next steps.

The long weekend of training was extremely thorough and covered a variety of topics. We had a chance to hear all about it and have decided to spread the love. We hope you enjoy this 2-part series!

Crucial Conversations

One of the most interesting parts of the seminar was the subject of “crucial conversations,” which is a discussion had between individuals when opinions vary, the stakes are high, and emotions are running strong. The group talked about how to have a conversation that avoids a fight or flight response from the other person. They discussed the importance of having the right tone and asking open questions to prevent the other person from going on the defensive. Tashaun, reportedly, was particularly struck by the amazing examples that the speaker, a widely respected president of a large corporation, gave from her personal life. This segment of the seminar ended with the incredibly useful exercise of role-playing a variety of high-stakes conversations.

Leading by Example

image3Another impactful part of the event was the joint discussion of leadership by example and integrity. The group got to hear from an impressive self-made millionaire about some of the most important lessons he’s learned along the way. He described some of the work habits that were most influential in achieving success. He also talked about the importance of always treating people well and having a great attitude no matter what. He reflected on the practice of behaving in such a way that you would be proud for others to emulate — whether in your capacity as a business leader, spouse, parent, or friend.

Don’t worry, Atlantic Solutions has more tips to share from Tashaun, Jalil, and Milady’s business seminar! You can keep reading here.

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Atlantic Solutions Weekend of Fun in the Sun

atlantic-solutions-south-plainfield-nj-1In South Plainfield, New Jersey at Atlantic Solutions, we believe in providing unique opportunities for our employees to develop themselves personally and professionally — all while rewarding key players on the team. One way that we do so is by traveling. It has become a tradition that our President, DK, invites some the top people (based on performance, not tenure) for a trip to Miami every year! Late winter in New Jersey seemed like a perfect time to head to South Beach…and it did not let them down!

“I love hosting events like this,” said DK. “It’s great to be able to reward and motivate my team and show them what success can look like if they work hard and get the job done. Watching my guys enjoy themselves and truly having a good time is the best part.”

This year, Hassan was invited from Atlantic Solutions, and he, DK, Brian, as well as a few others from around the country landed in Miami on a Thursday. That night they met up in Hollywood, FL with colleagues from the area before settling into their hotel. On Friday they were able to spend the day with one of DK’s entrepreneurial mentors Julie, a leader in the industry. It was exciting for them to not only learn from her but also to see how a different marketing campaign operates. That night, DK and crew went out for dinner at P.F. Changs and explored South Beach.

What’s a trip to Miami without spending some time at the beach? So that’s exactly what they did on Saturday! Everyone met up for brunch on South Beach and spent the day playing volleyball. While they were hanging out on the beach they noticed a game of “foot volley” going on right next to them (it’s like soccer but it is played volleyball style using feet and head.) Being a former soccer player, DK noticed a familiar face – a soccer legend – a superstar who played in Italy named Christian Vieri! He was extremely laid back and friendly, they even got to take pictures with him! Fun fact; apparently lots of soccer superstars prefer to retire in the U.S. because they’re not as recognizable by fans here as they are in Europe.

After a long day of sun and fun, they headed back to the hotel and got cleaned up for dinner (at a nice tapas place in South Beach) and one more night out in Miami!

“The entire trip was incredible, but what really sunk in for me was the fact that there was nothing extraordinary about the successful people that I had a chance to meet with and learn from. They simply had a great attitude and worked extremely hard. I feel, now more than ever, that success is truly within my reach and it doesn’t have to take me as long as I initially thought to get there,” explained Hassan.

Check out some of the highlights from Atlantic Solutions Miami trip:

 

Perfecting Your Conference Game — Tips from the Pros

Atlantic Solutions is no stranger to conferences and industry events. We simply love them and can’t get enough. We love to learn, we love to connect with other professionals, and we love to hang out with the many friends and colleagues we’ve made across the country.

We just got back from Texas from an amazing meeting and we’ve decided to share some of our latest and greatest tips for making the most out of your next business trip. Enjoy!…

Tip #1: Set a goal or two before the event begins. The keyword here is BEFORE! From the moment you hop off the plane and head to your hotel, you’re likely to be busy busy busy. And before you know it, you’re surrounded by people, grappling with your itinerary, and making sure your suit is pressed. So here’s a great airplane activity for you: take some time to write down what you’d like to get out of the conference. Here are some questions to get you going…

Are you on a mission to learn more about a certain subject?
Are you trying to find a new mentor?
Is there anyone in particular that you want to make sure you speak with?
Is there something that you’ve been struggling with that you might be able to ask for advice on?
Do you want to deepen relationships with any specific colleagues you’ll be seeing?

Tip #2: The second tip we’d like to share is about having courage. Not everyone is comfortable with approaching a stranger just to say hello and make an introduction. But we’re here to tell you that you can do it!!

One of the most valuable parts of attending an industry event is the opportunity to network with others. But, you’d be amazed by how many people chicken out from doing so! Make the decision ahead of time that you’re going to have the guts to approach someone you don’t know. Maybe it’s just the person sitting next to you or behind you. Maybe it’s the millionaire taking a quick coffee break before his next speech. You never know what will come from making a new connection, so be courageous and go for it!

Hopefully, these two tips will help prepare your mindset for the next event you attend. Stay tuned to hear more about the Atlantic Solutions management team’s Austin trip!

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A Wine Country Weekend for Atlantic Solutions President

Atlantic Solutions, located in South Plainfield, New Jersey, has been staying true to their commitment to delivering results for clients and other people are taking notice! Recently, our President was chosen, amongst other entrepreneurs, to attend a VIP style getaway to San Francisco, California. Since the entire team could not attend, he promised to share all the details of his experience; from the business takeaways down to the amusing details.

atlantic-solutions-sanfran7The excitement of DK’s trip started with his travel arrangements for the cross-country adventure. He flew on his favorite airline, Virgin Airline. If you’ve never flown on it before, it’s extremely hip. It’s lit with these really cool purple lights throughout and free live TV is even available to all passengers! DK spent most of his flight brushing up on one of his favorite business books, How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Once he landed, the Atlantic Solutions President made his way to Santa Rosa where he and a few other select entrepreneurs would be staying… in a 10 bedroom mansion. No big deal. It was on the top of a hill overlooking the mountainside right in the middle of wine country. In addition to an amazing view and prime location, they also had a huge pool and an impressive sauna and Jacuzzi. The first night there (Thursday), a local vineyard owner came to the mansion to provide a private wine tasting…because when in Rome. In addition to providing some amazing wine, he also casually reminded everyone of the man-eating predators in the area…mountain lions. Thanks…we think…

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On Friday, these high performing entrepreneurs had a chance to brainstorm and discuss business with an elite business mentor. He also gave them tons of coaching in all aspects of business management that would help them take their companies to the next level. Following their brainstorming and discussions, the group grilled out at the mansion at enjoyed the wine that they had purchased from their wine tasting.

“I always wanted to be an entrepreneur because of the freedom and the ability to make choices — like to leave your company and go wine tasting on the opposite coast with some fellow hardworking entrepreneurs.” -DK

No trip to wine country would be complete without a vineyaatlantic-solutions-sanfran1rd tour and wine sampling so that is exactly what happened during the day on Saturday. That night the group adventured to downtown San Francisco to a local hot spot called Catch, a very high-end and well-known seafood restaurant in the area. Atlantic Solutions’ President grew up on an island, so he is quite the seafood critic being that it is his all-time favorite type of food. Even he was impressed with dinner!

Overall, DK was reminded of what it is that drives him as an entrepreneur.

“When you can do cool things, that’s fun. But when you can do cool things with people that you love, there’s nothing better than that. It’s invaluable. I want to continue to create memories with the people I’ve built relationships with and see them become successful.”

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He also told us that it was great to reflect on the things that he had accomplished so far and what he was ready to achieve next.

Although it was an amazing trip, DK was most excited to get back to us here at Atlantic Solutions to get to work helping the team reach a level of success to be able to experience the type of weekend that he just had.