Atlantic Solutions President to Become a “Big Brother”

ufvrefr8Giving back is a core value of Atlantic Solutions in South Plainfield, NJ. So we can’t say that we’re surprised that our president has decided to volunteer his time as a “Big Brother” for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of New York City. We can say, though, that we’re so impressed and proud to have a leader who has made this a priority in his very busy life.

BBBS has expressed that one of their biggest challenges at the moment is closing the gap between the number boys on their waitlist and the pool of male volunteers. Thankfully, our president is stepping up to the plate! He shared, “There are a lot of kids who don’t have that person to look up to. I’m the man I am today in part because of my dad.”

This is an activity that our president and his wife will be doing together, and both are excited to have the opportunity to support some great kids. They started the journey with BBBS on November 9th in Brooklyn at an orientation program. They went over the history of the program, shared the success stories of their kids, and addressed the steps to officially get going. Our president learned that it takes two to three months for the background checks and matching process to take place before a Big Brother or Big Sister can begin mentoring a child. While, of course, our president is anxious to get going, he is thankful to have the opportunity to mentor a child in need.

Did you know that in New York City there are over 500,000 children living at or below the poverty level? All of us at Atlantic Solutions would like to encourage anyone reading this to consider taking part in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program as well.

Leading the youth mentoring movement since 1904, the BBBS mission is to give children who face adversity the opportunity to build a relationship with a great mentor. The results of the program are impressive, to say the least. We learned that 96% of “Littles” who graduated from high school were accepted into college.

We will keep you updated on our president and his wife’s journey with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, so be sure to stay tuned! You can connect with Atlantic Solutions on Linked In here!

 

He Loves His Soccer Team! Do Any of Hassan’s Answers Surprise You?

 

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Hassan Wehbeh

The competitive spirit is alive and well at Atlantic Solutions in South Plainfield, NJ. With so many sports fans and former athletes on the team, it’s no wonder that a little smack talking comes so naturally to us. We asked one of the key trainers on the team, Hassan Wehbeh, a few questions about his love for sports. He shared with us that he does not follow football, but he loves him some soccer! In fact, he told us that if he could visit any sports venue across the globe, he would choose El Clasico.

 

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Camp Nou in Barcelona opened in 1957 and has over 99,000 seats

real-madrid-altimgHassan shared with us, “Real Madrid is my favorite soccer team. It’s a Spanish club that brings together all the best players in the world. They give their fans the show that we expect!”

i1ukbbxrv5keyHis favorite player? Given his favorite team, perhaps we should not be surprised that he loves Cristiano Ronaldo. Hassan explained “He’s a symbol of hard work. This player has proven that talent cannot beat hard work on or off the field.”

Hassan’s favorite sports memory is the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow, Russia, which was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea. Manchester United won the match 6–5 on penalties.

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Recently Graduated and Already Standing Out at Atlantic Solutions

The South Plainfield, New Jersey team at Atlantic Solutions will only be as successful as the people who make up that team. Why? Because they grow together. As the company continues to deliver high results for clients, more leadership within the company is needed to keep up with the growth. Lately, there has been a standout member of this leadership team that we couldn’t help but learn more about!

Before starting with Atlantic Solutions, Hassan Wehbeh attended Brooklyn College and graduated with a degree in Finance and Investment in 2016. There he stayed insanely busy. First, he joined the Varsity Soccer team, for two principle reasons — to learn more English, and play the game that he loves. During his sbrooklyn_college_logo-svgecond year, he found opportunities within the business school to get more involved, learn more about the stock market and get connected on and off campus. He actually started a club called BC StockTrading Club. Within the club, he hosted speakers from big investment banks like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Bank — as well as Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young. And if that wasn’t enough, he decided he wanted to become the president of the Investment Club… so he did. As the savvy business man that Hassan was becoming, he even helped create joint events with the marketing club to raise more awareness for both of his clubs.

You’d think he had his hands full, right? Well, apparently not enough becaatlantic-solutions-hassan-wehbehuse he added four internships into his experience while at Brooklyn College. They included a non-profit called DonorsChoose.org (which is the first non-profit to ever make on the fortune magazine), a wealth management firm called E. J. Sterling on Wall Street, ABC Global Systems doing credit risk, and an on-campus program called “The Liebowitz Entrepreneur Program,” where he had to create his own business and present it to potential investors. Now, Atlantic Solutions does not require previous experience to join the team, but wow! Talk about a full resume before having any “real world” work history.

Many people worry about “using their college degree”, but this is what Hassan had to say about that, “I studied finance and investment, I am supposed to be sitting in a cubicle at a bank analyzing data right now. NO, that is absolutely not what I wish for myself. I want to be my own boss and mentor atlantic-solutions-hassan-wehbeh2anyone and everyone that wants to become like me. So am I utilizing my degree? Not in the traditional way, but yes I am because I still invest in the stock market and in the future I’ll only utilize it even more.”

Working at Atlantic Solutions was Hassan’s first job after graduating so we wanted to see what his advice would be to someone graduating college this year and looking to start their first job?

“Your first job should be an investment in your future and not someone else’s future. Any college graduate should use their education for themselves, and make themselves successful and richer in knowledge and money. I would never advise a college graduate to use his education to work and make someone else richer and successful, because this is average, and we are all looking to be above average.”

Atlantic Solutions is Cruz-ing For Greatness

Atlantic Solutions is creating some buzz around South Plainfield, New Jersey with their extreme growth this year! Besides the revenue that they are bringing in for their clients, they have also promoted two Assistant Managers in less than six months! Most recently, Jalil Cruz joined the Management team after being a valuable employee just shy of 3 years. If you understand Jalil – if you know his story and what motivates him, you’ll see why everyone is so excited about this promotion!

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Celebrating Jalil’s promotion!

“The reason I am a top performer is because I know what it feels like to grow up poor. I want to be the person in my family that can truly make a huge difference in our lifestyle. My goal is to buy my mother a house and be able to give back to those that helped me become the person I am today.” If that’s not motivation to build a successful career, we don’t know what is!

Jalil also shared with us that he believes being selfless has also played a big role in his success. “I don’t think about the money that I can make with the sales, but the amount of people I can actually help just by offering our client’s products and services. What motivates me the most is helping people.”

All promotions at Atlantic Solutions are awarded based on performance, but what Jalil believes he does better than most other trainers in the company might surprise you… “One thing that I do better than most people is giving my 100% effort to any new person that starts with our company. I do not prejudge someone based on how they look, the way they speak or based on where they come from. My goal is to train and develop someone into a great leader and an even greater person no matter their circumstances. I want that person to be as good as me or even better.” That selfless theme is coming back around, don’t you think?

Jalil is truly a gratlantic-solutions-jalil-cruzeat addition to the Management team at Atlantic Solutions and provides a worthy example to other employees. Here is his advice to others working towards success within the company: “Fast is slow and slow is fast; there is no race to getting promoted. It is a journey that involves so many obstacles to overcome and lessons to be learned. If you are not promoted yet don’t worry, you are exactly where you need to be. Find out exactly what you need to work on and how you can make it to the next level. Enjoy the process because the best coach is the coach that has already experienced all of the obstacles. Most people put a timeline on when they are going to get promoted and usually give up if they don’t reach their deadline. My advice to them is not to quit, don’t give up! As long as you have a goal nothing can stop you.”

And we truly believe that nothing will stop Jalil Cruz in pursuit of his goals. Keep up with him and the rest of the Atlantic Solutions team by following them on LinkedIn.

10 Quotes to Awaken Your Inner Leader

14117958_619239398236273_3506627558817184270_nAt Atlantic Solutions developing leadership skills within our employees is at the forefront of our training. This is imperative to the growth of our company because we only promote from within. Once someone has demonstrated that they have the skills necessary to advance, they do! With leadership training being such a large focus within our company we decided to share with you 10 of our favorite quotes on leadership.

  1. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John Maxwell
  2. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. – Jack Welch
  3. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter Drucker
  4. “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born- that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” – Warren Bennis
  5. “Leadership is influence.” – John Maxwell
  6. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not crude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn
  7. “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Collin Powell
  8. “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” – John Maxwell
  9. “Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan
  10. “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” – Dwight Eisenhower

14424939_627792217380991_1106556098804346036_oMany people come to Atlantic Solutions with little to no professional experience. With a clean slate, our seasoned professionals are able to provide the coaching, training and mentoring that is required for them to learn and grow. To learn more about Atlantic Solutions, visit our website!

He’s Taking Over! Meet Tim!

Tim-Atlantic-Solutions-AtlanticSolutnsAt Atlantic Solutions we make it a point to give credit where credit is deserved; and lately, Tim Gilbert has everyone’s attention! With the growth opportunities that we offer to people who are motivated to advance their professional careers, this stud is headed on the fast track to management. As our company is in a rapid growth phase, it’s vital to have individuals like Tim continually pushing themselves and others around them to improve.

We had a chance to pick the brain of our president to find out what makes Tim such a valuable asset to the Atlantic Solutions team. Here were his points:

“Tim sets an excellent example to all other employees.” In reference to the campaign management training that we provide, Tim demonstrates what a “job well done” looks like for others to be able to replicate. It’s imperative for new employees to have that to strive for.

“He maximizes his opportunity more than anyone I have ever seen.” Every entry level representative that joins the Atlantic Solutions team has an opportunity to advance within the company based on their own merit. Tim never lets a chance pass him by to learn more, do more and, ultimately, be more!

“He always has a great attitude.” We passionately believe that your attitude will determine the amount of success that you will have, and Tim is proof of that!

Tim believes that part of success with Atlantic Solutions is due to his ability to transfer knowledge. Specifically in regards to the explanation of products and services to his customers. By properly finding a solution that will meet customer’s needs, he is able to reach and exceed our client’s expectations. But where does his personal drive to succeed come from? “My grandfather was an entrepreneur and a salesman, I look up to him in a lot of ways. I want to prove to him that I can run my own business. Also, I want to make enough money to be able to support a family and be financially independent,” explained Tim.

Be sure to follow Tim and the rest of the Atlantic Solutions team on LinkedIn.

An insider’s view on what it’s like to work at Atlantic Solutions

What’s it like to work at South Plainfield-based firm, Atlantic Solutions? This blog post’s got you covered!

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Birthday celebrations for Jalil Cruz

Applying for a job with a company that you may or may not have heard of is kind of like going on a blind date. What are the people like? What’s the overall attitude in the company? What will my boss be like? Just a few of the questions that might run through someone’s head going into a new job. So we spoke to a current employee, Milady, of Atlantic Solutions, who has worked with the company for less than a year, to shine some light on the company culture.

Milady’s feedback… enjoy…

Management

The Manager of Atlantic Solutions treats every employee respectfully. No one is looked down upon or treated with favoritism. He has a hands-on management style in the sense that he provides direct coaching with the team daily. It is not uncommon for him to sit down with an employee on an individual basis to assist with their day-to-day tasks. Our favorite tidbit about him: he is sure to make you giggle with his corny jokes.

The Team

Coming to work, having fun, and helping each other reach common goals was the overall tone of this topic. Going into Atlantic Solutions every morning and collaborating with energetic, motivated colleagues makes work fun! There is a common denominator with everyone on the team – they are striving to improve themselves and others each day.

Company Events

Employees are encouraged to participate in events and activities that take place outside of the office to develop a team bond and simply just relax and have fun. One way this is accomplished is by company sponsored philanthropy events. It seems to be among the favorite events that are held because the team is able to have fun, build relationships with each other AND give back to a number of amazing charities. Other activities that topped the list were things such as bowling nights and sand volleyball (it is a fairly competitive bunch of people after all).

To learn more about the culture of Atlantic Solutions, go check us out on Facebook!

 

Meet Assistant Manager, Tashaun Thomas

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Tashaun and Kim, members of Atlantic Solutions management team

The management team at Atlantic Solutions just got a little bit stronger! Tashaun Thomas joined the our executive crew with his promotion to Assistant Manager in April of this year. Like all managers and partners, Tashaun began in the company as an entry level associate and worked his way up due to proven, consistent performance.

Tashaun was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. While continuing to work passionately towards his goals with Atlantic Solutions, he always makes time for his loved ones. In his spare time he is typically with friends, family or his girlfriend. Every Sunday, Tashaun makes it a point to visit with at least one of the above to relax, reminisce and recharge before going after his professional goals the following week. Finding the work/life balance has definitely kept him hungry for success.

When asked what he loved about his role at Atlantic Solutions, Tashaun had this to say,

“I love all of the encounters that I have on a daily basis. I have the opportunity to build relationships with a lot of heavy hitters within the company and all over the country. I have met some pretty amazing people, including customers. From those opportunities alone I’ve learned to communicate better. I’ve learned that everybody has their own story — that no path to success is the same — the only common denominator is that the path wasn’t straight; there were bumps, detours, lessons, but most importantly – there was vision. That’s what makes this job different: we are mentored by the story tellers, we get to reference their past chapters and relate them to our own: to learn, grow, build, and even avoid a few shortcomings. For me it’s Julie, Duran, and Kim: my mentors who have struggled, overcome, and continued to build. It’s the evident value of sharing experiences, both good, bad, past, future, and present, that make this job so drastically different from a ‘normal’ job.”

Well said, Tashaun. Well said.

Tashaun has already experienced a lot of success with Atlantic Solutions, and he is not stopping anytime soon. “I hope to have built a foundation where I can give back opportunity and growth. Personally, I want to have a family, travel the world, and build a house – all of the things I promised my great grandmother. I still strive to make her proud… I don’t think that will ever change.”

#Impressed

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