In her 22 years in the wholesale distribution sector of the pleasure product industry, Senior Account Manager Gracie Obadele has found that the most rewarding part of the job is the great people she gets to connect with, including customers, coworkers, and manufacturer reps.
Her motto of “Be the best you. You know how to be and stay positive!” is part of what she’s known and loved for industry-wide.
How many years have you been in the Industry? With Holiday?
I have been in the industry for 22 years on June. I have had the privilege of being a Holiday employee for 9 years.
How did you get into the business?
I was working as a legal secretary and found it kind of boring, when my best friend (Angela Blackmon) called to tell me about her cool job in the industry and how her company was looking for a customer service rep. It sounded like fun and a bit of a challenge, so I decided to apply and see what it was about.
What challenges have you confronted in your career and how have you overcome them?
The challenges have been few and far between. Most of them have come recently with all the crazy industry changes that have come about, but still with trying to keep up with all the new people and technology, it’s still very minimal.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding parts are the great people, constantly seeing new products developed, and having great friendships with co-workers, customers and all the fabulous industry folks.
What is your personal motto or mantra that you live by?
Be the best you. You know how to be and stay Positive!
What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
All of them, too many to list, I’m super proud of my whole industry life and service.
What are your professional goals for 2020 (and beyond)?
My biggest goal for 2020 at this point is staying healthy through this Pandemic, and getting back to normal, so we can all be #togethertogether and not #alonetogether really soon.