Our Prized Human Resource 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, yet 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; however, 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 they are mature and it’s easy to maintain both professional relationships as well as friendships outside of the office.

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It is no question that Chavely is a brilliant Human Resources Manager and an immensely valued employee here at Atlantic Solutions.

Get to Know James Schnell [PART 2]

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In case you missed it, we’ve been chatting with one of our top performing team leaders here at Atlantic Solutions. If you need to get caught up, you can find part 1 here. In this next part of our interview with James Schnell, he shares his thoughts on leadership, building professional relationships, and what he thinks of his boss. Check it out!

Being in a position of leadership, how do you balance professionalism and friendliness with your team?

I used to watch my brothers and sisters when my parents were working, and my relationship with my team kind of reminds me of that. I have personal relationships with the guys on my team, however, I respect them and they respect me and trust me enough to follow me as a leader. Anytime I get close with one of the guys on my team, I make sure that they know that this is a professional business first. We’re here to grow together in a professional business environment.

What other qualities do you think make you a strong leader?

I always make sure that I’m at work early. I’m here much earlier than everyone else is every morning. I’m very professional with my image and in my actions as well. I make sure that I stay professional both inside and outside of the office of course. I always make sure that I’m reliable. I respect my guys and they respect me. They know that they can always rely on me for anything job-related or otherwise. I’m very responsible too.

Can you describe DK? What do you admire about him as a leader?

Even in that first interview with him, he was so so energetic and positive. We had a great connection immediately. He’s such a great mentor. A lot of people respect him. At every conference we go to, everybody loves DK. He actually reminds me of my dad. My dad actually worked for the buses with the MTA for 32 years. Everywhere he went, people loved him. I still have people that tell me “Oh, I love your dad!” DK reminds me so much of my dad because he’s so loved and respected, you can’t help but really like someone like that. He’s such a good guy, and you know he always has your back. That’s such a cool thing. If somebody does something wrong he doesn’t yell at them, he just takes them to the side and has a good, critical conversation with them. He always makes you feel good. I’ve had a couple bad days. Of course, everyone has bad days. Just one little two-second conversation with him will perk me right back up. He’s the man.

Read the finale to this interview series by clicking here!

 

Get to Know James Schnell [PART 1]

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At Atlantic Solutions, we believe in training our employees to be excellent and effective leaders. In just six months since starting here, James Schnell has become an exemplary member of our team. We caught up with him to learn a little more about what he’s learned, what he does, and why he loves it.

What is your job title? What are some of your responsibilities?

My technical job title right now would be corporate trainer or leader. I take care of putting the numbers into the system. Obviously, we work throughout the day and do a certain amount of doors and a certain amount of people. So at the end of the day, we come back to the office and put the numbers into the system. We tally up the numbers to see how everyone does during the day to track everyone’s production and see how we’re doing for the week. What that does is it shows us where we’re at and where we’re supposed to be: either if we need to get to where we need to be or if we’re crushing our goals for the week. It shows us all of that. My other responsibilities are taking care of my team, making sure that they’re hitting their goals and I’m hitting mine. It’s important for me to be a good example inside and outside of the office; coming in early, doing workshops, training, and interviewing.   

How long have you worked at Atlantic Solutions? How did you end up working there?

I’ve been here for about six months. Before this, I was actually managing a FedEx warehouse. I had graduated the previous year from King University with a degree in Psychology. I was kind of stuck and didn’t know where I wanted to go in my life after school. I had put my resume on a recruiter website and I got contacted by Atlantic Solutions. And I thought “Oh, this could be something interesting.” So then I came in for the interview and it all happened from there. I met with DK. It was more like a conversation than an interview, it was awesome. I was really excited about the growth opportunity in this job; starting at one level and then grow to one day owning my own branch.

What’s your favorite part about working at Atlantic Solutions besides the growth opportunity?

My favorite part is definitely the work environment. We have a lot of fun. I’m a big family guy, I’m actually one of seven kids. Since the day I started, I’ve seen everybody working hard but also being themselves at the same time. Nobody is robotic. They don’t need to be told what to do. Everyone is very professional and we’re one big family. I’m closer with the people at this job than I am with my childhood friends. We’ve spent so much time together and we’ve become really close. That’s definitely my favorite part.

Want to read more of our interview with James? You can find part 2 right here!

 

Get to Know James Schnell [PART 3]

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We’ve been speaking with one of our best and brightest leaders here at Atlantic Solutions. To read the part 1 of our interview with James Schnell, click here. For part 2, click here. Otherwise, keep reading to find out about what James has learned in his six months working with us and the legacy that he wants to leave behind.

What personal and professional lessons have you learned from working at Atlantic Solutions?

I’ve learned a lot. Professionally, I’ve really learned about becoming a leader and taking on a management role. All of the other jobs I’ve had, I was always an employee. I hated my boss and I never liked having a boss. This job has shown me that there are opportunities out there where you don’t have to be a boss. I always thought about opening my own business, and watching someone like DK has shown me that as long as you’re a good mentor, people are going to respect you. You don’t have to demand that leadership. People respect you for being who you are. Personally, I’ve learned to be a very positive person and to look on the bright side of things. The past couple of years, my family has been through a lot. I’ve always looked on the bright side of things, but I never thought that I could be more positive. I was around negative people in my life. But being around positive, happy people have made me even more positive. I thought I was positive already! That really helped me out. Nothing really gets me down anymore.

What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered as a guy who was always there for others. A guy who was always happy and always helping others and could always be relied on. I love when people say “I can count on James, I’m going to go to him.” Whether it’s my family or people that I work with here or friends, I love when people know that they can count on me. I love being there for people. That’s definitely one thing I want to be remembered for.

We’re lucky to have you on our team, James!

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Getting To Know You: Atlantic Solutions College Edition [Q+A]

The rapid growth of Atlantic Solutions would not be possible without the dedication of our incredible team members. As we kick off the month of July, we thought we would take a moment to tell you more about some of the valuable team members who help to make Atlantic Solutions the company that it is today!

First, we spoke with Nick, who attended the University of Rhode Island.

We asked him, “What were some of the activities or organizations that shaped your college experience?”

Here’s what he told us:

I was in a fraternity at URI, most of my free time was spent fishing or hiking and when the weather was nice I was at the beach as much as possible.

Next, we talked to James, who attended Kean University, located in Union, New Jersey.

James shared, “My favorite activity to participate in was a tradition that my friends and I had. We used to have group study sessions before each important test. It not only helped us on the tests but also helped us socialize and meet new people!”

Another employee, Brian attended Rider University, right in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Brian told us that one of the biggest changes for him was living alone for the first time.

“I was lucky to be able to enjoy the freedom and the lifestyle of the real world, without having to pay all the bills.”

Next, Hassan, a graduate of Brooklyn College, the City University of New York told us all about his time as president of the Stock Trading Club.

He was also on Brooklyn College’s Varsity Soccer Team.

“Playing soccer against other colleges was the most exciting experience because I used to promote the games in the clubs and increase our fans number that watched the game.”

And lastly, we spoke to Francis, an alum of Stony Brook University located, who told us about how much his suitemates shaped his college experience.

He shared, Whether it was playing video games, watching sports, playing sports, or just finding fun things to do. I always enjoyed that bonding experience.”

Regardless of their different experiences, majors or schools – all four of these individuals are instrumental in the work we are doing at Atlantic Solutions. We are so glad to have them as part of our team and we hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the people we are proud to call a part of our team.

For more information on the work that Atlantic Solutions is doing, check out our website or our Instagram page for updates. 

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:

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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.

The President of Atlantic Solutions Shares Some of his Keys to Success and Thoughts on Failure

The president here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) works hard and was not afraid to tell us about it. He is keen on organization, work ethic, attitude, and family – all things that ensure his success. We were lucky to interview DK and hear some of his insight on success, failure, and all of the tools he uses to keep the ball rolling!Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.54.13 PM

What does “success” mean to you?

“It means that everybody around me is taken care of and that they are doing well. We are planning on opening a new Atlantic Solutions location on June 19th and it is very important to me that the person that will be running that location will be trained properly and suited with the tools to operate efficiently. In order for me to be successful, I need to help others at the company achieve their goals, or else I’m not doing my job and I’m not succeeding. In terms of personal success, I also need everybody around me to be doing well. My family staying happy, healthy, and taken care of is the most important thing to me.”

Are there any habits that you have that help keep you on track for success?

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.56.25 PM“Whether it’s at home, in the airport, or in a hotel room – I’m always reading. Audio books are also helpful when I’m on the road. I’m always trying to grow and learn because it is imperative to stay sharp and to stay hungry. I also plan and organize everything I need to do from the beginning of every week starting on Sunday. ‘If you fail to plan you plan to fail’ is a motto that I live by.”

How do you look at failure?

“It’s all about how you perceive failure. Sure, you can stay deflated and down once you fail. But it’s really an opportunity to get back to the drawing board and improve for next time. It’s really not about the failure itself – it’s about what you do differently afterward that will determine if you succeed in life or not. Fall down nine times; get up ten!”

Why do you think some people fail and never get back up that tenth time?

“I think it mostly has to do with attitude. If you have a bad attitude about failure and do not see it is a necessary learning experience then you will not make it very far. It’s certainly a mindset that I like to promote here at Atlantic Solutions.”

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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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