Five years ago, I was working as an intern for the Florence Freedom, a Frontier League baseball team in Florence, Kentucky. I was getting plenty of experience, and it matched up perfectly with my degree in sports management. But I was looking for a way to jumpstart my professional career.
At a baseball game one night, I ran into an old friend who worked for Divisions Maintenance Group. He started telling me about his job and suggested I apply to work at DMG, too.
I was on the fence about leaving my internship, but I decided to take a chance and apply. I got an interview, and a short while later, I was hired as an Account Executive in Training.
I’ll be honest: I knew nothing about facility maintenance and nothing about DMG when I first joined the company. I only knew I was ready to work and eager to learn as much as I could. I spent my first couple of years trying out different roles and departments to see what fit. What was I best at? And, more importantly, what did I enjoy?
For a while, I was part of a team that handled a specific water-heater project for a customer. Then I tried my hand at vetting new customers. Ultimately, I was promoted from AE in Training to Account Executive to Key Account Manager to my job today, National Account VP, where I oversee a team of about 20 people.
At 27, I’m the youngest account VP in the company. I was actually a little uneasy when I first landed the job – was I ready? – but it’s been about two years, and my team has been able to double the revenue on the account.
DMG is on track to be a billion-dollar company in the next few years, and I’m so excited for the long-term and what doors we get to open. There are a lot of things I love about my job – the flexibility, the freedom to try new things – but I think my favorite part is this: I’ve never woken up and not wanted to go to work. To me, that’s proof I’ve found my home.
My first day with DMG was Aug. 14, 2017. If you had asked me then where I’d be today, I never could have guessed. When I was in school studying sports management, when I was interning with the Florence Freedom, this is not how I thought my career would turn out.
It turns out, this is better.
I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Scott Siener is a National Account Vice President for DMG. He lives in West Harrison, Indiana, with his wife, Stacey, and two dogs, Sadie and Ruby.