Feature story: Eli

Incredible stories are all around us: far and wide. This time, we didn’t have to look far. Eli is a valued entrepreneur here at MCO Orlando. He is inspiring to us in his ways of success and how it came about. Therefore, we decided to interview him to see what makes him the incredible man he is today.

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Question 1: Hey Eli, could you give us some background about yourself?

A: “I grew up on the island, Saint Thomas Virgin Islands. Culture is different from here. Food is always home cooked. My favorite has to be stew chicken, rice and peas, cabbage, and plantains. I moved to Jacksonville when I was 17 for a full scholarship. Even though I have cousins over there, I was by myself. I came here because there is only so much to do in the islands and I heard America is the land of opportunity so I thought, why not? There’s this sort of island mentality– do what you have to do to get to America. I have to make sure I have everything in order when I’m here (in America) to make my time worth it. I am the first born of my family, so it’s a crazy and big step for me to come here all on my own. I am glad my parents saw my potential and let me come.”

 

Question 2: So you moved to the states alone, what caused you to do that?

A: “Opportunity. As simple as that.”

 

Question 3: I was told you are doing really well in college while working a full time job. What’s your secret?

A: “Time management and staying focused. There are lots of distractions out there but you have to make sacrifices. Hanging with my boys was great and all but I have priorities that come before that now. Sunday’s are homework days. I have to make those necessary sacrifices. I have 5 classes and I’m working full time.”

 

Question 4: Is there anything that inspires you to be the person you are today?

A: “My parents are my motivation since they keep me in check. They remind me how rough it was for them. I know my path is easier so I don’t take it for granted. My family lets me know if I mess up, which I appreciate.”

 

Question 5: So you won the cruise contest offered by MCO Orlando. at the holiday party, congratulations! How was it?

A: “I didn’t want it to end. We went to Free port, Bahamas and did a Jeep excursion which is a tour around the island. We got to see everything. We got to stop at the beach where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, it was so cool. It was also good to be back in island waters. We ate some good island foods. We ate a lot haha. It was a 3 day/2 night cruise. All of this because of the holiday contest and I got second place. This was my first cruise I’ve even been on thanks to MCO Orlando.!”

 

Question 6: Any words of advice or wisdom you can offer?

A:  “If you’re not focused, you have to fix it. Know what you want in life and never forget it.”

 

 

Spotlight: Team Heat

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For the last week I spent quite some time getting to know the members of Team Heat. What makes the members of this team so special? Well, through one on one interviews, I found out just what does. This comes at no surprise: only excellence thrives here at MCO Orlando. Check out the interviews below!

 

Starting with the Team leader: Shekinah

Question 1- Where are you from?

    Shekinah: New York, but was raised in Florida.

Question 2- What is your position at MCO Orlando?

Shekinah: Pushing for assistant manager at the moment.

Question 3- Did you attend a college or trade school? If so, what was your major or speciality?

    Shekinah: I went to a technical school and received my certification. I studied business management and analysis.

Question 4- Favorite thing about working at MCO Orlando?

Shekinah- The people! 

Question 5- What are your goals while working here?

    Shekinah- I want to hit consultant and receive the million dollar bonus!

Question 6- Are there any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?

    Shekinah- I love makeup and fashion.

 

#2- Lauren

Question 1- Where are you from?

  Lauren- Orlando.

Question 2- What is your position at MCO Orlando?

    Lauren- Account executive/promoting leader.

Question 3- Did you attend a college or trade school? If so, what was your major or speciality?

    Lauren- At college, I was just going for a general major, ended up going for an interest in business, psychology, and forensics. I went to Valencia for a few classes.

Question 4- Favorite thing about working at MCO Orlando?

    Lauren: The interactions with so many people. I really love the fun environment.

Question 5- What are your goals while working here?

    Lauren: I want to build an empire while learning everything I can to have the brightest future.

Question 6- Are there any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?

  Lauren: I went to modeling school during middle school.

 

#3- Joshua

Question 1- Where are you from?

    Joshua- New York, but I moved to Orlando when I was 5 years old.

Question 2- What is your position at MCO Orlando?

    Joshua- Top solo.

Question 3- Did you attend a college or trade school? If so, what was your major or speciality?

    Joshua- Yes, my major was health sciences.

Question 4- Favorite thing about working at MCO Orlando?

    Joshua- The environment. Everyone’s a team and family. We all push each other to do our best.

Question 5- What are your goals while working here?

    Joshua- I want to open up an office and train my own individuals there to become entrepreneurs. 

Question 6- Are there any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?

    Joshua- I make a mean omelette.

 

#4- Eli

Question 1- Where are you from?

    Eli- Saint Thomas Virgin Islands.

Question 2- What is your position at MCO Orlando?

    Eli- Account Executive.

Question 3- Did you attend a college or trade school? If so, what was your major or speciality?

    Eli- I am currently in school getting my bachelors degree at Seminole State College. My major is integration management.

Question 4- Favorite thing about working at MCO Orlando?

    Eli- The environment. Everyone is cool and we can hang outside of work. The vibe is fun and you know we’re all about making that money!

Question 5- What are your goals while working here?

    Eli- Become a consultant. I’m trying to be a millionaire.

Question 6- Are there any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?

    Eli- Everybody loves Eli: I’m a people person!

 

#5- Will

Question 1- Where are you from?

    Will- Brooklyn.

Question 2- What is your position at MCO Orlando?

    Will- Solo.

Question 3- Did you attend a college or trade school? If so, what was your major or speciality?

    Will- I went to Polk State and majored in physical therapy.

Question 4- Favorite thing about working at MCO Orlando?

    Will- The environment and the people.

Question 5- What are your goals while working here?

    Will- I want to be a promoting leader by the end of February. 

Question 6- Are there any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?

    Will: I can cook!

 

#6- Francis

Question 1- Where are you from?

    Francis- Puerto Rico.

Question 2- What is your position at MCO Orlando?

    Francis- Territory manager.

Question 3- Did you attend a college or trade school? If so, what was your major or speciality?

    Francis- I got a bachelors in nursing.

Question 4- Favorite thing about working at MCO Orlando?

    Francis- The atmosphere. At my old job, nobody ever hung out or even liked each other. Here, it feels friendly and loving.

Question 5- What are your goals while working here?

    Francis- I want to go to Disney. I have been here for six years and I have never taken my children to Disney World. My long term goal is to get a house.

Question 6- Are there any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?

    Francis- I’d like to think I am very fun!

 

#7- Cole

Question 1- Where are you from?

    Cole- Los Angeles.

Question 2- What is your position at MCO Orlando?

    Cole- Account Executive.

Question 3- Did you attend a college or trade school? If so, what was your major or speciality?

    Cole- I went to Arizona State. I studied entrepreneurship and sales. I have no major at the moment at Valencia. I am getting my associates there but I want to do finance at UCF.

Question 4- Favorite thing about working at MCO Orlando?

    Cole- Everyone pushes me hard every day to grow.

Question 5- What are your goals while working here?

    Cole- My short term goal is to get someone on my own team. My midterm goal is to get a car. My long term goal is to get my own office.

 

#7- Desi

Question 1- Where are you from?

    Desi- Mississippi.

Question 2- What is your position at MCO Orlando?

    Desi- Account executive/promoting leader.

Question 3- Did you attend a college or trade school? If so, what was your major or speciality?

    Desi- I went to Mississippi Delta Community College. Played some basketball there. I then went to the Air Force from 2008-2012.

Question 4- Favorite thing about working at MCO Orlando?

    Desi- Impacting other peoples’ lives.

Question 5- What are your goals while working here?

    Desi- My short term goal is to hit corporate training. My summer goal is to become an owner. My long term goal is to become a consultant when that million dollar bonus occurs.

Question 6- Are there any fun facts you would like to share about yourself?

    Desi- I’m a good shower singer.

 

I’d like to thank Team Heat for taking the time out of their busy schedules to let me interview them. Lighters up!

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