For years Elite Media Communications has made a prime force on putting a footprint in the Milwaukee community by expanding their relationship with local charities. As a company, we are fully aware that the health of Southeastern Wisconsin area will directly impact the strength of the company in future years and their employees on more immediate bases. Working with charities is not a foreign topic for most companies in this day in age. Elite Media Communications has always worked with both local and national charities, but it wasn’t till recently when the administrative assistant, Bridget McLaughlin was hired with the company early 2018 that the enhancement of the direct implant of the 414 and 262 area codes could see surpassing previous years.
Bridget has joined the Elite Media Communications team with primary responsibilities of an assistant to Leigh Jackson and the human resources team. Much like most all her other job requirements, she took the initial question of, “Do you know a local charity we may be interested in working with?” and took off by heading up our “Employee Give Back” program. Bridget spends an immense amount of time reaching local charities, their impression in Southeastern Wisconsin, contacting the charity to understand their needs better, and then develops a plan to make it entertaining for the employees to join in. Since starting with the company, she has instituted nine different fundraisers, 7 in 2018 alone! By heading up the program, Elite Media Communications was able to reach Urban Ecology Center, Boys and Girls Club Milwaukee, Salvation Army of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Wisconsin Community Center, and many more.
The employees at Elite Media Communications are much like every person today with responsibilities of careers, families, obligations. The importance of team member participation that would have a powerful impact without a significant commitment of time on an individual is essential. Some of the teams' favorites were the Urban Ecology Center for Earth Day in April. With a wall of colorful balloons 8 feet high and 6 feet wide, employees could donate a dollar to pop a balloon and a chance to win fabulous prizes gifted from the management team. The surprisingly addictive event had every employee laughing from the awards won and the witty notes left in the losing balloons, “You are a winner, but this balloon is not!”
No one will forget the “Build a Fortress Against Child Hunger” castle built with kid-friendly food goods in July while working with Salvation Army of Milwaukee. In 2016 Milwaukee schools serviced over 43.5 million free breakfasts and lunches to students, but that leaves you wondering what happens to the students that need meals come the summer when school is closed. Salvation Army of Milwaukee has a program for just that issue. Partnering with them we were able to build a fantastic castle made with all kids’ favorite nonperishable foods.
Of course, there were many more favorites, such as basketball fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club Milwaukee in March, Mother’s Day flowers to the moms at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission in May, and a HUGELY SUCCESSFUL coat drive in September and hygiene bag “pot luck” in December for Wisconsin Community Center. All in all, we loved our sharing in 2018 and can’t wait to top it in 2019!
The strength of small business growth and development is not always easily recognized but has strong importance within the local community. Chron.com states in an article, “While small businesses may not generate as much money as large corporations, they are a critical component of and major contributor to the strength of local economies. Small businesses present new employment opportunities and serve as the building blocks of the United States' largest corporations.” This quote makes sense when thought about it thoroughly, small business don’t typically hire their positions overseas but keep their employment local. In turn, when small businesses grow, the community around the company grows as well.
This reigns true for Elite Media Communications as well. We were excited to announce at the beginning of summer the expansion of two new departments within the company. Each department needs to be staffed with an additional 15+ employees, not including additional management to help oversee the expansion and maintain the new development. Exciting news for Milwaukee which is currently sitting at an unemployment rate of 3.8%.
The first department was launched April of this year and went almost flawlessly. Although we are still hiring to maintain the original goal, the current department staff has not only been able to support the workload, but obtained huge bonuses within the first month. The team has been trained and is now in the process of expanding to the following phase of development.
Management is ecstatic about the launch of the second department scheduled to release August 30th. Contracts with additional Fortune 500 clients have been approved to increase revenue for our retailers dramatically. Not only was the hiring of staff approved for this department but hours were increased ensuring each full-time employee 40 hours minimum.
When the executive staff was asked their thoughts on the approaching deadline, “We have no concerns simply because our team has all been trained thoroughly and is just as hungry for the opportunity as we are. We are lucky to have them through this process.
Wisconsin has the same amount of summer evenings as the rest of the United States, ninety-two beautifully long days. While the rest of the warmer states may take the summer for granted, we know better because in a blink of an eye we will be back to wind and frost. Since we are a marketing company and not in the education industry, one of the few industries allow for you to take off work for a season, we have decided to introduce the Elite Media Communications Summer Bucket List!
The Elite Media Communications Bucket List is a mixture of new and old company traditions. By taking advantage of the longer days, we can build relationships with our teammates deeper than the office surface level and make a mark in the Milwaukee community. It is time to get this list going; there is only one more day of spring! Let's get started
Brandie Jackson,COO, has been accepted into the Forbes Agency Council, an invitation-only community for executives in successful public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies.
Jackson joins other Forbes Agency Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com.
Forbes Councils combines an innovative, high-touch approach to community management perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes. As a result, Forbes Council members get access to the people, benefits and expertise they need to grow their businesses — and a dedicated member concierge who acts as an extension of their own team, providing personalized one-on-one support.
"I am both honored and elated to have been invited into the council. I look forward in partnering with Forbes to grow in my professional development."
Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome Brandie Jackson into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”
For more information about Forbes Agency Council, visit https://forbesagencycouncil.com/. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit forbescouncils.com.
Twice a year, Elite Media Communications selects less than a handful of the rising stars from its office to send to the top leader meeting in Dallas, Texas. In order to qualify for this all-inclusive meeting paid for and sponsored by Elite Media, those who are chosen must excel in a number of different areas within the office. The number one area is growth; growth from a managerial standpoint, compliance and sales just to name a few. The purpose of this meeting is to help those in attendance grow to upper management within a reasonable time, once they return to their local offices.
Since our company specializes in promotion from within, the individuals facilitating the meeting as well as the guest speakers, all started form the entry level themselves early in their careers. This is huge because the speakers can relate to the most challenging issues presented by the attendees. We are proud to announce Mitch Carroll worked extremely hard and was selected to attend. Mitch is currently finishing his bachelors degree in marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was extremely elated and found the conference to be very enlightening. “ Being able to meet and network with the most successful people in this company was amazing. The energy was phenomenal the whole time I was in attendance, there was never a dull moment. I can’t wait to apply the concepts in hopes of advancing faster, said Carroll.
March Madness has started and Elite Media Communications is getting in on the action! For this month’s charity, we have decided to have our own little Basketball Tournament! Each person on our team will be “sponsoring” a basketball, with a goal of raising twenty basketballs by the time March Madness ends! Once finished, these balls will all be donated to the Milwaukee Boys and Girls club! We’ve already collected five basketballs, and March Madness hasn’t even started yet! With that motivation in mind, we’re getting closer and closer to hitting our goal! We’re ready to get competitive and help out our community!
This Friday, our Elite Media hosted a networking event for our office, where we invited one of our offices over to connect with our team, have some breakfast, and do some good for our community. While having some coffee and bagels, our team got to learn from each others, sharing tips, tricks and other advice that would help one another grow, succeed, and hit their goals! Later on, after President Leigh Jackson led an impact discussion on growth and opportunity, we all got together to create blessing bags for our communities, with ours going to the Waukesha Homeless Shelter! These bags included winter essentials such as socks, mittens, and chapstick, as well as other necessities like soap, water bottles, granola bars and hand sanitizer.
We love hosting events like this because it gives our team a chance to connect with other offices and learn from each other, as well as giving us an opportunity to come together and help others. We love what we do, and we are always looking to support one another, as well as our community.
To learn more about Elite Media Communications, our team, and some other work we’ve done for our community, check out our site at elitemediacommunications.com, or give our HR department a call at 414-676-1219!
Although Wisconsin is still experiencing snowy days and lower temperatures, we here at Elite Media are thinking about one thing in particular: Summer! More specifically, we’re thinking about summer and all of the opportunities we have available. Right now, Elite has created numerous internship opportunities, and are open to anyone interested in learning more and eager to grow in the company! We are also offering college credit, flexible hours, and growth opportunities! Our internships range from a focus on marketing and sales, to communications and events, not to mention, they are all PAID, ranging from $10-15/hr, with commission bonuses. Interested in learning more, getting a foot in the door and joining a progressive company with great company culture? Apply online right now by clicking on our careers tab, or give our office a call at 414-676-1219! We look forward to hearing from you!
We want to give a huge welcome to our HR Director, Brandie Jackson, who has returned to the office this month after going on maternity leave back in September! We are super excited to have her energy back in the office, and so thankful for all the work she has been doing for our office! Since returning, she has been on top of her game, speaking with candidates, building relationships with members of our team, and making sure all of the new faces in our office are feeling right at home! Not to mention, she’s hard at work each week making sure everything right on track, and keeping up with our payroll system! Once again, welcome back Brandie! We’re happy to have you back!
New Promotion Alert! Congrats are in order for our newest Account Manager Cody! Since joining our team in December of 2017, Cody has been on top of his game, hitting his own personal goals, as well as coming out on top week after week. He has been consistent since starting, even going so far as to reaching his personal best the last weekend in January, and since then has continued to grow and be successful, reaching toward his goals of becoming an owner! Keep setting the pace Cody! We can’t wait to see how far you go this year!
We’ve started off this year in the right direction, with two of our team members receiving promotions this past week. Our first promotion was given to rep Jace Unrein, who is now holding a position as Account Manager. Jace has been with us since October of last year, and has been steadily working his way up, pushing himself, and hitting his goals. All that work paid off, as Jace started off this new year in his new position, and continues to push himself and get better.
Another one of our team members has started this year on a high note. Sam Chaabane, who started off in early December last year, quickly proved his determination and drive to move up in the company, as he is now holding a position as Account Manager as well. From motivating the team, to holding a positive attitude throughout the day, Sam has been a great asset to the Elite Media team.
A huge congrats to both of these guys, and we look forward to seeing all that they accomplish this year! With their work ethic, it’s easy to see how driven they are. Keep up the great work guys!
This Wednesday our team celebrated the upcoming holiday with our annual Christmas party at the Jackson residence. With a catered dinner of Chipotle, some catching up with the team, and plenty of burritos to be had, we’d call this Christmas party a success! Happy holidays everyone! We hope everyone has a fun and safe time spent with loved ones!
This week, our President Leigh Jackson headed to California to attend the annual company Christmas party, held for all the owners in the business nationwide. After getting the chance to explore the Los Angeles area, and Newport Beach, everyone rallied together to join teams and compete in the Charity Challenge! The premise of this challenge was that all the owners were split into four teams, with Jackson joining the green team with some other Midwest owners. Then each team had to participate in a series of “competitions”, including the Donut Challenge, Hungry Hippos, and a relay race. The winners not only got bragging rights, but had the highest amount of money donated to the selected charity. Second, third and fourth place each gave smaller donations, with all proceeds going to Make A Wish Foundation. Jackson served as the team captain and set the pace by winning the first challenge! With that momentum going, the team was able to take it home and crowned the winners! In total, they were able to donate $1400 to Make a Wish. To finish the trip, everyone attended the end of the year Awards ceremony, and winners were selected for their performance throughout the year. With such a successful trip, we’re already excited for next year!
It’s one of the most common traditions of the upcoming New Year: New Year’s Resolutions. These are most commonly known as goals or resolutions that people make at the beginning of the year and attempt to uphold for the rest of the year. This trend is so popular the trending “New Year, New Me” posts tend to flood people’s social media feeds every New year’s Day. These can range from eating healthier and exercising more, to even spending less money and budgeting. But according to https://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/, only 8% of Americans actually follow through on the resolutions they make.
So what is a better solution? Goal Setting. Although they sound similar, the problem with resolutions is that they are harder to maintain, and tend to be a resolution that is a sudden change in behavior. For example, if you have never made an attempt to lose weight or eat healthier, it will be a lot harder to suddenly set a one-time resolution and stick with it. Not only that, but with the winter season, the motivation is down. Winter has cold weather, dreary days and most people want to stay in and continue with their normal lifestyle. With goal setting, it’s easier to maintain because you are making smaller feats in shorter time spans that are easier to uphold. In regards to our business and how we set goals, instead of making resolutions that we plan to uphold for the rest of the year, we instead make monthly goals that are easier to achieve, and that will be easier to build upon. Furthermore, it’s more exciting to look at monthly goals, and how they can be accomplished. We can focus on different approaches, reflect on the previous month and what worked and didn’t, as well as gaining a new perspective. Compared to focusing on the same resolutions that were set at the bringing of the year, this approach is much easier and rewarding to adapt.
For this year, our President Leigh Jackson made quarterly goals, with each month having different bullets of things he wanted to accomplish for the business. For example, this November saw goals to promote two account managers into assistant managers, as well as having one of our leaders promoted to a new market. With these goals being set in a monthly time frame, there was more room for build up excitement and push to hit these goals, versus if they had been set at the beginning of the year.
For the final month of the 2017 calendar year, Jackson has new goals that he looks to hit by the time December 31st hits, including remaining top 3 in the nation, brining 2 top account managers to the annual Christmas party in California, and finding new managers for our newer locations. He’s excited to focus on these goals alone, and has plans to work hard and stay motivated for the rest of the year. And come the end of the year, new goals will be created for January of 2018.
We look forward to ending this year on a high note, continuing to push ourselves and hit our goals! For more information on the difference between goal setting and new year’s resolutions, check out these articles!
For every company, there is a set of employees that help make the business run smoothly. But what are the benefits of investing in each employee, and how can it make you a better business as a whole? For us here at Elite Media, this concept is important because it helps us build leaders that can succeed in the business, and gives us a sense of priority in focusing on engaged, focuses employees who have goals and a drive for success.
For Chad Halvorson, founder and CEO of the “WhenIWork “software, being known as a company that focuses on its employees, and building them up not only looks good to outsiders, but it helps to gain even more interest from potential applicants, and keep current employees interested in staying with the company. He continues in his article “5 Reasons You Should Be Investing in Employee Development”, that it makes for a loyal team that helps build your company up as a whole.
Secondly, when companies invest in their employees, they can work to turn them into someone worth promoting. For our company, one thing we really pride ourselves on is how we promote from within. We look at what employees are pushing themselves to be their very best, which ones maintain their attitudes and hit their goals, and take the hard work and dedication they put in. These factors help us determine which employees are invested in the company, and who really want to grow and move forward in the business.
Along with a great look and a promotable team, investing in employees also leads to those who are engaged at work. These are the ones that stay focused, maintain their attitude and find any opportunity they can to push themselves and accomplish necessary tasks that will benefit themselves and the business.
Finally, one important benefit that comes from investing in employees is the fact that it forces you as a business to look to the future. When you have a team of employees that are sticking with the company, consistently growing, and building each other, it not only brings more opportunities for growth, but gives more opportunities for investments, expansion, and gaining new leaders.
To learn more about the importance of companies investing in their employees and employee development, check out this link below!
Some pictures from our R&R getaway from last month in Punta Cana! We had such great time! We can’t wait for next year!
Congrats are in order for our employee spotlight for this week, Jace. Jace has been with our team for a few months now, and has worked diligently to keep up a positive experience not only in the office, but in the field as well. Since being us, he has worked his way up to training new hires, while working his way towards an upcoming promotion! Catching up with Jace, he said that what made him want to join Elite was that “I had different sales gigs in my career path so far, and this is this a different sales industry that I wanted to check out.” He also mentioned that prior to joining our team, he was doing car sales, and that he went to school to study Business and Sports and Recreational Management. As for the one quality Jace sees in himself that makes him a great employee, he said that “Character is a big one. . . respect and being able to build relationships with everyone around you, employees, co-workers, and customers.” He also stated that the best thing about working here at Elite is “The atmosphere, it’s good positive atmosphere.” As for future goals, Jace has one in mind: “ to be an owner.” Good luck to you Jace, and keep up the hard work!
Shout out to our Employee of the week, Dakota Amos! He has only been with us for a few months, but has already shown off his determination and skills, which have resulted in him hitting all of his personal goals, and having a very successful week! Before coming to work for us, Dakota worked as a sprinkler fitter, and in construction, while holding an apprenticeship for his position.
When asked about how his previous positions have molded him into becoming a great employee, Dakota said that his work ethic was key. He said that “You have to have good work ethic to work in construction, and I’m self motived. I like to motivate myself, and I’m a go-getter.” He also mentioned that what he likes best about working for this company is that “I like that I can make my own money, and for me, the hardest thing about this job is talking to other people.”
As for future goals he has for this company, Dakota said they are “becoming an owner, you know I want to be just like Leigh. That has been my goal since the day I started working here. I’m also very competitive, and compete with everyone here. For me, I have to be the best to be promoted to owner.”
Good luck to you Dakota, and keep up the great work!
Say hello to our newest Account Manger, Jerome Johnson. Jerome has only been with us for a few weeks, but he has proven that he can produce amazing results in that amount of time! From hitting all his personal goals, to exceeding team goals, it’s easy to see why Jerome was promoted. Keep up the great work Jerome! We look forward to seeing you grow and succeed!
Congrats to our longest tenured partner, Mr. Mike Shields, whose hard work this past year has paid off once again, and has earned him a spot as one of our attendants for R&R this year. R&R is a conference that is held in Punta Canta, Puerto Rico this year, and only the top employees from each organization are invited to attend.
Back to Mike, who after six years, is still on top of his game, teaching others, maintaining a great attitude both in office and on the field, and manages to bring out his best each day on the job. On top of the responsibilities he takes on training newer employees, he also steps in as Assistant Director, taking care of business back in the office when needed, continuing to maintain a positive attitude that resonates throughout the whole workplace.
For these reasons, it was easy choice to invite him to attend R&R once again this year. We look forward to witnessing continuous growth in Mike, and seeing all that he will bring to our company. Keep it up Mike!
With only a few days left in the Elite Media Pop Tab competition, who will take the win? So far, the team consisting of Leigh Jackson, Courtney Allen and Yoel Orue is taking over, with over 100 tabs collected already! However, the Admin team made up of Taylor Hughson, Brandie Jackson and Valerie Webster are following close behind, with more than fifty tabs added to their collection! Our teams are so excited to deliver their collection to the Ronald McDonald House, and have upped their game to see who can bring the most back!
Stay tuned for the final countdown, and see who the winners are!
Elite Media hit Pewaukee for a music-themed team night, heading to Pewaukee’s Waterfront Wednesday concert series, held at the Lakefront Park! This evening the musical guest featured was Valerie and the Boyz!
Valerie and the Boyz are an R&B, Top 40, Old School, Funk, Soul & Blues-Rock cover band that works to keep the crowd coming, and have played all over the Milwaukee area!
With lots of food, great music, and a beautiful lakefront scene, our team had a great time! We can’t wait for the next team night!
In every company, there are two different types of workers. There are the ones that have an “employee” mindset, and those that have the “entrepreneurial” mindset. But what is the difference between these two, and how can employers motivate their employees to adopt the right mindset?
For starters, some of the signs of an “employee mindset” deal with attitude, while others are harder to detect. According to an infographic found on a Huffingtonpost article, if your workers are displaying the following traits:
Do they complain about almost everything?
Do they make excuses and refuse to take responsibilities for their actions?
Do they lack enthusiasm for new projects or ideas?
Are they refusing to help their co-workers complete a task?
Are they the source of gossip in your team?
Do they tend to lie about various scenarios more often than not?
Do they seem like the “know-it-all”, who refuses to listen to anyone else?
Are they known for being independent and working alone?
Do they tend to be irresponsible, and not taking initiative?
Are they distracted, not asking questions, and not showing signs of growth?
If so, then they may be adapting to the “disengaged” employee mindset. For them, this job is temporary, and they aren’t looking to move up and become a vital aspect of the company. In their eyes, the job ends as soon as they leave the office, and they aren’t looking to contribute any further.
However, for those employees with the “entrepreneurial” mindset, the job is never over, and they put their all into everything. According to an infographic found on Pinterest titled “Employee vs Entrepreneur”, the entrepreneurial employee looks at the job as something to be excited about. They put serious effort into everything they do, looking at it as “something to do all the time.” Furthermore, support is something they create, and their income isn’t the most important thing to them. Rather, that is something that can be gained later. For them, they want to contribute to the company, aid in its success, and work toward a greater goal. Furthermore, according to “8 Differences between ‘Entrepreneurs’ and ‘Employees’”, from entrepreneur.com, an entrepreneur improves upon their skills, thrives on risk, and works to delegate where they put their focus on.
So how do you get your employees to adapt the entrepreneur mindset? According to another article found on entrepreneur.com, titled “ 9 ‘Mindsets' You Need to Switch From Employee to Entrepreneur”, one big thing you need to realize is that you are responsible for all the decisions made, both good ones and bad ones. Some other mindsets you need to adapt include being able to hold both short and long-term visions, and getting used to the feeling of being uncomfortable.
So, do you think you have what it takes to adapt to the entrepreneur mindset?
If you want to learn more about this topic, check out these links!
Meet Yoel, who has been chosen to be our newest Employee of the Week. Yoel has been making tremendous progress since he started with us two weeks ago, and is already moving towards becoming an Account Manager! With his energy, positivity, and drive to hit goals, it’s easy to see why he was chosen. When catching up with Yoel, he stated that what he likes most about this company is the “work ethic, and that it is very demanding. Everyone is here is very competitive, and I am a very competitive person.” He also discussed how working here has helped him in his career development, stating that, “to see that every business starts off with its smallest amount . . . not every business is born with a million dollars, some businesses have started from the ground up, and it’s nice to see that.” He also said that his proudest moment when working here was “Hitting all of my personal goals in one day.” Moving on, Yoel gave this helpful piece of advice for prospective candidates: “Don’t listen to negativity, just do you.” He also described Elite Media with these three words: “positivity, relentless, and decisiveness.” As for a personal motto: “There’s a quote from Steve Jobs that I like, that says “Stay hungry, stay foolish”” When Yoel isn’t in the office or out on the field, some of his hobbies include “Pool, I play in pool tournaments, play soccer, and I run."
There’s something to be said about an employee that can instantly lift the mood of the office as soon as they walk in. They are the ones that seem to consistently have a positive energy and can put a smile on everyone’s faces. Enter in one of our newer employees Josh, who has been with us since June. Currently he resides as a Sales Representative, but is working towards becoming an Account Manager.
Although he hasn’t been with us long, it’s easy to see why we wanted to highlight him for this week’s employee spotlight. His drive, attitude and consistent positivity have helped him improve, hit goals and show genuine growth and development within the company.
Catching up with Josh, he says what he likes best about working with Elite is the “positive vibe… everybody is extremely friendly, the attitude is always up and fantastic, and the huge potential for growth . . . That was one thing that I was looking for when coming into a new organization and not being stuck in the same position and having the opportunity to grow and get promoted through the ranks. These are the biggest components about what I like about Elite. ”
As far as giving three words only to describe this company, Josh said “progressive, resilient, and positive”
When asked about how working here has helped his career development, as far as long term and short terms goals, he said that “It has helped to add on to what my existing experience had . . . I’ve had a few management positions and I have sales experience, but this has allowed me to use all of my knowledge and skills to become better. This allows me to do all of everything which is what I like the most.”
Josh went on to discuss his proudest moment when working here, that made him say “I like this company, I want stay”: “I had done research before coming here, so I knew what I was getting myself into. But when I was actually here, one of the biggest moments was when I hit four sales in a day, so for me, with being a new person and just keeping at it, and doing really well in one day was a really big moment for me.”
Josh also shared his personal mantra and what gets him excited. He said “I’m naturally just a really positive person, so the position has been really easy for me to basically stay positive in the work environment.”
However, what really stemmed that mentality started back in college. Josh was a desk assistant, where he built great relationships with everyone in the halls. One day he failed a test, and someone he saw frequently greeted him. And although he greeted her back, he knew he wasn’t his normal self, and he realized that scenario invalidated all of their other interactions.
So for Josh, going forward, holding on to that mentality and knowing that what matters most right here and right now is important. For him, “that’s why I like to keep it really positive and not let any outside factors affect my interactions with other people in the present moment.”
When asked about what he likes to do when he’s outside of work, Josh replied, “I’m a good old Northern Wisconsin dude. I like to drive my lifted truck, I shoot guns, and I lift weights.”
Keep up the great work and the great attitude Josh! We can’t wait to see what you do!
This past Wednesday marked the 4th annual company BBQ, held at the Jackson residence! The night started at 3am, with Mr. Leigh Jackson himself beginning the smoking process for the upcoming feast. While it took all day for the meat to turn out perfectly, it was well worth it. In total, the menu consisted of 9 slabs ribs, 3 briskets brisket, 2 chickens, pork shoulder, and hot dogs, along with roasted corn, vegetable salad, potato salad, beans, watermelon, and cookies! And if the food wasn’t enough, a live band, Jake’s Room, attended the party, playing hits all night and providing entertainment for everyone. To finish the night, s’mores were handed out, and an intense game of flag football broke out, with a Milwaukee vs. Madison show down. With a final total of 21-7, Milwaukee did their city proud, and took the win! We can’t wait for next year!
On Tuesday, June 13th, the Elite Media Communications team headed down to Chicago, Illinois for the Midwest Regionals Meeting, held at the Renaissance Hotel. For our reps that attended, they were given the chance to meet and network with other people in our industry. They were able learn new skills that can be utilized and implemented into their daily routines to help them grow in to management faster. While at the meeting, the CEO of our company, Leigh Jackson was given the opportunity to speak at this event, along with other top managers from the Midwest territories. Overall they had a great time, and learned lots of skills to bring back to Milwaukee. Before heading back to Wisconsin, our team stopped by Giordiano’s for some deep dish pizza. We can't wait for the next conference!
Milwaukee, WI- This past Wednesday, on June 21st, Elite Media hosted their 2nd annual company softball game. In attendance were members of the Oak Creek, Green Bay, as well as our own Elite Media team. All in all it was a great night for food, friends and some friendly competition. In an intense game between Elite and the other offices, we took home the win in the final inning. We can’t wait for next year!
On April 22, 2017, the National Recruiters Conference took place in Atlanta, Georgia, where recruiters from all over the country came to network, gain advice, mentor, and overall learn more about the recruiting process. In attendance was Vice President Brandie Jackson, who was also invited to speak at this event, as well as new recruiter for Elite Media Communications, Ally Anderson. When speaking to Brandie about this event, she mentioned that the biggest takeaway for her was “the development and changes to social media and branding. Since there wasn't as much involved with social media and branding when I first started the position 7 years ago, it is a subject I need to continue to develop further.” As far as catching up with her about her speech, she said “It is always an honor to be chosen to asked to be a speaker. I strongly believe that if you work hard at your position, are dedicated to the growth and opportunity, it will not go unnoticed. While it is an honor to be a speaker at the national conference you must remember to stay humble. There is much more that I still need to learn and develop. The reminder to stay humble, network with others, and study the material presented by the other speakers was the greatest take away.” Overall it was a great experience for both ladies, who brought back with them lessons and skills for Elite Media Communications to implement.
On April 19, 2017, national consultant Dewayne Long came to visit Elite Media Communications in their Milwaukee, office, to check up on the business, and talk to the members of the business. Offices from around the Southeastern Wisconsin came down to visit, as well as to meet with Dewayne. During this visit, Dewayne spent time getting to know members of the company, as well as took some time to give some advice to the reps within the office. The night before, Dewayne and a few members of leadership went to The Smoke Shack for dinner. Overall, this was not only a great learning experience, but a great way to network, and gain more knowledge and insight on the business. We look forward to having you back Dewayne!
For this March Madness season, the sales team of Elite Media Communications is celebrating in their own way, by holding a three-week long sales contest. For this contest, the three representatives with the most sales at the end of the three-week period will be crowned the winners. And this year, the stakes have been raised, as those three winners will be rewarded with tickets for courtside seats to the Milwaukee Bucks vs Dallas Mavericks game, held on April 2nd.
With such a great prize on the line, everyone has their game-face on, ready to win this tournament. And with such fierce competition, who will end up on top?
Elite Media Communications is a marketing firm in the Milwaukee area working with fortune 500 companies, which has drove them to become a top leader in the industry. Because of this growth, they are constantly expanding and opening new offices to accommodate. With opening new offices, Elite Media likes to hire within, rather than outside. Bring in Saad Fleifel, one of Elite Media’s Corporate Trainers, who will be taking the role of assistant manager for the newest Elite Media office in Milwaukee.
Although Saad is taking on the assistant manager role for the newest office, he wasn’t always a part of the Elite Media team. He mentioned that he used to “work in a a relatively same sales position for a different company. But I feel that it’s only fair to say what I did before that. Before that I worked at UPS, loading boxed all day, everyday labor intensive, had growth opportunities but I really wasn’t interested.” Moving forward, Saad came to Elite Media Communications, where he now currently speaks to President of the company Leigh Jackson, “everyday”, and finds the company to be a fun work environment. He also mentioned that some of his hobbies are that “I like to hang out with friends, and I like to play basketball.”
What initially drew Saad to the company in the first place was the environment. He mentioned that in his previous area of work, “everyone was joking around”. But at Elite Media, the first draw-in was “the structure they had” and that there were “no games, super serious, professionalism, and he “liked professional environment”. He also stated that the company gave this “vibe” that “seemed like I’m gonna turn you into a professional, I’m just not a kid, hopefully you will make it out the door.” When asked if Elite Media helped him go in any areas, Saad stated that “I feel like… it’s gonna open up a lot paths for me. I don’t know what areas yet, but if I make a million my first year, a Maserati is on my way.”
For a final thought, Saad gave some good advice for those looking to move forward within the company:
“Stay ultra-focused, listen to your peers rather than push them back and questioning things, and you know just go with the flow. Don’t question too much, because the thing is, we’re gonna put you in the best position, so opposed to hitting my goals in six months, I want to hit my goals in five months, I wanna hit my goals in four months.”
On Wednesday December 28, 2016 Elite Media Communications celebrated its 4th Annual company holiday party. The party was by far the best holiday party Elite Media has ever hosted. Almost all of the company's employees and their family members were in attendance. The catered food was delicious, the children that attended had a great time, and several awards were handed out. The recipients were as followed:
What a great year this year has been. We look forward to 2017 and next years award winners. Happy New Year!!
Elite Media Communications would like to congratulate Robert Moore and Rachael Obeng on winning some pretty cool holiday gifts. Every November, we run a company bonus for two lucky individuals and the rewards are given right before Christmas. This year Moore won 1st prize which was a 55" 4K television and soundbar. Obeng finished second place and won a Sony Playstation 4. Great job keep up the good work!!!
At Elite Media we believe in working hard, but playing harder. Most recently the team all hung out at AMF Bowling to have fun and bowl the night away. We always have team nights like this one, but this was special because it served as a token of appreciation for friends and family members of the staff members for their support. Pizza and soda was served. (Gutter balls were not welcomed) :)
As a gift to newly promoted manager Casity McIntyre of Limitless Enterprise Inc, Elite Media President Leigh Jackson surprised McIntyre and two of her staff members with court-side tickets to see Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Milwaukee Bucks. In the end the Bucks beat the Cavaliers 118-101. What a great night!
November 21, 2016 was a monumental day for Elite Media Communications. This was the day Casity McIntyre got promoted to management. McIntyre now co-runs the Milwaukee territory with Elite Media President & CEO Leigh Jackson. After 16 months of completing the management training program Limitless Enterprise is now open for business under the leadership of company President/CEO Casity McIntyre. McIntyre’s journey to management began at Elite Media Communications, located in Wauwatosa, WI in 2015. She started as an entry-level sales rep, but quickly advanced to the management training position. Her ambition, drive and tenacity helped her become a rising star almost immediately from when she was hired. A little after a year, she was promoted to assistant manager. Casity grew up on the Menomonee Indian Reservation and graduated from Preble High School in 2006. Upon graduating she studied for a few semesters at Ramussen College in 2009. In 2013, she earned her Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate through the American Red Cross in Green Bay, Wisconsin. McIntyre has years of professional experience in management in both human resource managerial experience and also previous experience in retail. She loves working with people, is fluent in Spanish and English, punctual, driven, goal orientated, personable, productive, outgoing, adaptable and ambitious. She loves playing sports, and was a former starting point guard on her high school varsity team. Some of her other hobbies include listening to music, reading books, camping, and skiing. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her son and her family. We are extremely proud of Casity and know she will accomplish great things in her career!!
On December 2, 2016 company President Leigh Jackson and Vice President Brandie Jackson were invited to attend True Vision Enterprises annual company symposium in Newport Beach, California. True Vision Enterprise is an affiliate company of Elite Media Communications, and the company structure is very similar to Elite Media. True Vision is a more established company, and has been in business a few years longer and is owned and operated by Dewayne Long Jr. who serves as a mentor and coach to the Jackson’s. The focus of the symposium was recruiting, and served as a major impact for managers in the industry that flew in from all parts of the country as well as their recruiters. Brandie Jackson was elected to help host the conference and was a guest speaker on a few of the most pertinent topics, and provided excellent insight to the audience on how to improve. Later that evening at the company Christmas Party Brandie received the team player award for how much of an impact she has on the entire organization. Leigh Jackson also won the 2016 High Performance Award as well. Newly promoted manager from Elite Media Daniel Carr II also won newcomer of the year.
From October 2-4, 2016 Elite Media Communications Inc. company President/CEO Leigh Jackson rewarded select members of his staff with an opportunity of a lifetime. Current assistant manager Casity McIntyre, assistant director Michael Shields, newly promoted manager Daniel Carr II, and senior recruiter Gina De Leon got a chance to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada in style. Along with company Vice President, Brandie Jackson, Elite Media attended this year’s R&R trip and awards ceremony all expenses paid. This is the sixth year in-a-row Elite Media has rewarded staff members with this amazing opportunity. The major clients Elite Media partners with sponsor this event, and open it up to other major independent contracted distributors to attend. In past years, R&R has been held in such exotic Caribbean locations such as Cancun, Jamaica, and the Bahamas just to name a few. Normally the trip takes place in the Caribbean, but due to safety concerns with the Zika Virus the meeting took place this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each individual going had their own hotel suite at the Aria Resort and Casino. The Aria is an $8 billion dollar development complete with over 4,000 rooms.
This year, the Jackson was awarded with the presidential award, which is one of the most prestigious awards given out. “I’m still shocked we won the award. Not because we didn’t deserve it, but because winning awards and accolades don’t define who we are as a company. I get so caught up in getting better every day and the people in front of me, that it truly slipped my mind. At the end of the day, I’m extremely grateful we were recognized for the year we are having, said Jackson.”
May 24, 2016 - Once a quarter, Elite Media Communications selects less than a handful of the rising stars from its office to send to the top leader meeting in Dallas, Texas. In order to qualify for this all-inclusive meeting paid for and sponsored by Elite Media, those who are chosen must excel in a number of different areas within the office. The number one area is growth; growth from a managerial standpoint, compliance and sales just to name a few. The purpose of this meeting is to help those in attendance grow to upper management within a reasonable time, once they return to their local offices.
Since our company specializes in promotion from within, the individuals facilitating the meeting as well as the guest speakers, all started form the entry level themselves early in their careers. From a credibility stand point, this is huge because the speakers can relate to any and every of the most challenging issues presented by the attendees. We are proud to announce Richard Fipps, and Dan Carr II both worked extremely hard and were selected to attend.
June 23, 2016 - Three times a year, Elite Media Communications attends a management training meeting in Chicago, Illinois area. This particular time the meeting was hosted at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, Illinois. The meeting primarily specializes in areas such as training, supervising and brand management, just to name a few topics discussed. Moreover this particular meeting is a spin off of our Dallas top leader meeting. It also gives an opportunity for those that just missed hitting their qualifications to attend Dallas a second chance. As always those that are chosen are exposed to the “bigger picture.”
Our company offers and allows our rising stars to ask tons of questions as well as network with the top owners and account managers in the mid west region. Per usual, Elite Media funs the entire short trip as a reward, and even treats the staff to award winning deep dish Chicago style pizza from Giordanos Pizza after the meeting. For most, it’s a turning point in their careers largely due to the exposure, and partly because they’re able to see and understand that there’s more to our company than what’s in front of them.
CEO, Leigh Jackson, and COO, Brandie Jackson, traveled to Cleveland, OH to meet with their local electronic services organization. During their time there they networked regarding Human Resources developing, sales representative training courses, and over all company growth. Traveling to network with other offices is just one in the many steps in completing the 2016 Elite Media Communication Goals that was written by Leigh Jackson in the beginning of the year.
Derott Johnson came into Elite Media Communications at the end of June and immediately made a name for himself as an Account Representative. Derott entered in the company with a strong background in management. Johnson’s previous job involved working with juvenile boys as a counselor /mentor. After graduating high school he attended school at Mercer University, and Tennessee state where he majored in human resources and minored in accounting. As far as hobbies he enjoys playing chess, bowling and playing most sports.
Johnson’s goal is to run his own business again, but this time his vision is to take it to new heights. In addition, he would like to be able to help people believe in themselves. Most of all Johnson wants to be someone who leaves a good impression on the people whom’s paths he crosses. Johnson has been able to bring his management experience in to this position which has assisted in a rapid promotion in to the corporate trainer position. Congrats Derott!
Fourth Quarter expansion with Elite Media Communications so far has started off with a bang. Clifton Neal III has spear headed that expansion by completing our management training program just in time for the holiday season. Over a year ago Neal started as a new sales rep in our office, now as a result of hard work, dedication, and perseverance today Neal is cutting the ribbon and running his own business in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Epic Consulting Group Inc. is Neal’s company name and has goals of taking New Mexico by storm. Epic Consulting Group Inc. is a name Neal created and envisioned while he was an account manager here at Elite Media. His company is partnered with electronic services and retailers; pretty impressive portfolio of clients to represent especially as a brand new business. We are very proud of Neal and his recent accomplishments, and are very confident he will do extremely well. We are excited about finishing the quarter strong as we embark on 2016 from a growth standpoint. Several individuals are slated to follow in Neal’s footsteps…will you be next?
Our team had an amazing meeting studying the ins and outs of the human resource role from the best in the country this week. Leigh Jackson, CEO, Brandie Jackson, COO, Derrick Wolski, Asst Manager, and Meagan Boyer, Executive Administrator, were all selected to attend this conference and spend 3 days in sunny Southern California. During this time the Elite Media Communications team attend the human resources conference, spent time at the beach, attended a holiday party, and visited some Hollywood landmarks.
Congratulations to Brandie Jackson for being selected to speak at the conference and Leigh Jackson for receiving a award for his hard work with the company.