Why did you choose to work for Altria?
When applying to Eller, I felt conflicted when determining my major. I was truly interested in all aspects of business and I didn’t want to confine myself to one specific area. What appealed to me about the Territory Sales Manager role at Altria was that it encompassed all of the major facets of business within one role. It offers an entrepreneurial feel with the support of a large organization. After working at Altria for nearly 5 years, I could not be more pleased with my decision.
Tell us about your job responsibilities and title.
I am currently a Unit Manager in New Mexico. I lead a team of Territory Sales Managers that are responsible for managing the sales, distribution, and merchandising of our brands within their assigned territory. I also work with retail partners as a consultant to offer advice on category management and business analytics to help improve the performance of their business. You will likely see me on campus as I support Altria at career fairs and recruiting events!
What do you enjoy most about working at Altria?
What I enjoy the most about Altria is the company culture. Altria is committed to the personal development of their employees. They have allowed me achieve several milestones in my career and to continue advancing towards my long-term goals. They actively listen to their employees, encourage innovation, and take action to support the needs of the organization. They truly make their employees feel valued.
What is your fondest Eller memory?
I often think back all of my wonderful memories at Eller and how they have allowed me to get to where I am today. The two memories that stand out the most were the career engagement trips I took; the Chicago Study Tour and a trip to Washington D.C. to explore government sector job opportunities. These trips allowed me to build relationships with my peers and faculty and to learn about careers I had not previously considered. The opportunity to network with peers, faculty, and employers was invaluable. I encourage all students to participate in similar opportunities throughout their time at Eller!