Beach Pace

National Sales Director

Roadtrip Nation

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“I talk to people all over the country and get to help them solve problems and inspire others.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

National Sales Director

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of UPHOLDING A CAUSE AND BELIEF and the interests of NUMBERS and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

A great day for me is meeting with someone, who I have researched as needing our product, and then inspiring them to invest in their clients via the Roadtrip Nation curriculum. It's so much fun to connect with people, understand their needs & "pain points" & do my best to alleviate that pressure with tangible solutions. I also love building & leading teams which is also a big aspect of this role. There is nothing like working with a great group of people toward a common goal. It energizes me.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

Most of my work boils down to communication and interpersonal skills. This is simply not taught in school. You get chances to try it out but there isn't a class on it. So, my experience and reading and talking with others and watching videos and watching other professionals (from comedians to CEO's to baristas) has educated me in how best to relate to others and make a connection. These non-cognitive skills are so critical in life (not just my job) & are really learned through trial & error.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

National Sales Director

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL

Start to put yourself "out there." Volunteer for things. Meet people. Listen to their stories and understand their needs. Get into great discussions with them with the sole intent to learn more about them. Then, reflect on that conversation. Ask yourself what commonalities you may have (or not) and discover how you can work together to make your environment better. Ideas are: Student Council, 4H, sports clubs etc.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY TEACHERS

“'Girls can't go there. You can't go there.' This was the response I got from my HS guidance counselor when I told him I wanted to go to West Point (the United States Military Academy).”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

I had done my research and I learned that West Point DID allow women to attend the academy. They had done so for about 11 years when I went to my HS counselor. So, I knew he was wrong. I also had other people, who had served in the military, support me in my decision. They asked me why I wanted to go there and what I hoped to accomplish. I chose to listen to them because they sought to understand my motivation vs my counselor who sought to simply say "No."

Service Background and Insight

What branch of the military did you serve in?

U.S. Army

When did you complete active military service (ETS)? Please specify the year (YYYY).

1998. I served active duty for 7 years, and prior to that, I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for 4 years.

What is the highest rank you reached while in the service?

Captain, or O-3

What are some tips you would recommend for someone transitioning into civilian life?

Military recruiting agencies are great services, but they are there to place you, so make sure that if they do place you in a job, it's at a job that's a good fit for you and not just for them. Don't rush into a job you're not sure of. Lean on your friend

As many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war. Have you experienced PTSD, combat stress, or TBI as a result of your service?

Not as a result of my service.

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