In 1999, I got a job working as a service porter at a car dealership. Over the next 7 years, I worked in detail, parts, HR, accounting, and ended my tenure in 2005 as Inventory Control Manager. The movement between departments was intential: since I was still young, I wanted to get broad exposure to a variety of careers to see if any “spoke” to me. None did.

As Inventory Control Manager, I was responsible for $40M in new vehicle inventory and had a team of 2 sales porters. To minimize theft, we audited all new & used inventory twice/week, & monitored new vehicles the moment they were driven off the transport until they arrived on the sales lot.

While working at the dealership, I collaborated with a software company on a corporate project. After the project was over, they offered me a remote account management job which paid more, was less hours, & a shorter drive. It was a no-brainer, so I took their offer.