J&M Strengthened its Bond with the Community in 2017

by Koby Uhrig

J&M Strategic Consulting stayed committed to its support of the community all throughout 2017 and even expanded its outreach. By contributing over $35,000 to more than ten causes as well as countless hours of time, J&M is proud to have made a difference for so many.

We are humbled to have been a part of so many great initiatives this year, and are equally passionate about each and every one of these worthy causes. A couple of our most notable contributions include the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Give Pack.

The J&M team participated in the LLS Light the Night Walk in Pittsburgh in October and helped generate over $15,000 towards the cause. In total, the initiative has raised over $685,000 – as of December 13, 2017 – for blood cancer research and awareness and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

In June, J&M proudly sponsored the Give Pack Golf Classic, where they raised $10,000 to help provide backpacks full of school supplies to K-12 students in need. Give Pack donated 1,368 backpacks in total across two local school districts, a few other outreaches, as well as those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

J&M also supported the following groups in 2017:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • St. Jude Hospital
  • Light of Life
  • Food Bank for the Heartland
  • Disabled Veterans
  • First Responders
  • Disabled Athletes
  • Salvation Army
  • Other Various Fundraisers

J&M strives to uphold and display its Vision & Values on an everyday basis, and this is something that will continue into 2018 and many years to follow. We look forward to further expanding our community outreaches in 2018.

 

Terry & Cheryl Promoted to Senior Strategic Consultants

For the last six months, Cheryl Wilson & Terry Langholdt have served J&M in the role of Strategic Consultant.  Due to the company’s aggressive growth and expansion in major markets, J&M has formalized a Senior Strategic Consultant role.  The role has specific responsibilities to coaching J&M consultants for individual growth and development and preparing them for an exciting career working with our valued clients.

Cheryl explained of the move, “Helping new consultants become successful and fully embrace J&M’s Mission, Vision and Values is critical to our continued growth.  I’m excited to lend some of my experiences to our new consultants”.

Terry added, “In my 30 years in this field, I have never seen such a deep and family-like commitment between a firm and its employees.  To be a part of this culture and help establish a strong bond with employees will further our market differentiator from other consulting firms”.

J&M Strategic Consulting continues to grow because of the dedicated people that make the firm what it is.  With that growth comes opportunity.  We are extremely happy to share this opportunity with our talented team members so that we continue to grow and do incredible things together.

Please join us in congratulating Cheryl & Terry on their new role!

Congratulations to Our New Sales Associate

For the last six months, Linda Vance has been a critical piece of the J&M puzzle.  As Executive Administrator, she has guided many projects on the marketing and sales sides of the company while maintaining an organized back office to keep our entire team on track.  Her commitment to the team and the energy she brings to work everyday reflects highly on the growth and success of J&M over her time.

Given her proud track record and past sales experience, J&M has promoted Linda to Sales Associate, focusing on inside sales.  In her new role, Linda will continue to support marketing campaigns by building relationships with potential clients.

Linda continues to be a role model to everyone both inside and outside of J&M, as she resembles our Vision & Values in the finest form possible.  We know this move will lead to even greater success for J&M, our clients, and for Linda herself.

Please join us in congratulating Linda Vance on her new role!

My Journey to Become a Strategic Consultant

Part 2: College and the Early Years

by Terry Langholdt

When I was 10 years old, my grandfather Russell told me, “If you want to write a good story, grab their attention.  Start at the end, and then take them to the beginning.”

In part one, I took you from the genesis of my career through the first half of high school.  Now, my journey continues into college.

As I went through my junior and senior years of high school, I excelled when I could use my computer to write papers or enter data on the early forms of a spreadsheet.  I assisted many of my classmates with an introduction course, and helped my teacher answer questions during lab time.  It was rewarding for me to assist them in seeing how this could really guide their futures.  I graduated with straight A’s in any course that was technology-based.  Although I had discovered my passion, the next stop on my journey was still unclear.

I remember the thought of college being heavy on my mind.  Several universities offered me scholarships, but surviving a four-year education that wasn’t solely based on technology seemed impossible to me.  Being young and very strong-headed, I chose to attend a two-year tech school that would provide me with the necessary experience to pursue a career in IT.

Western Iowa Tech Community College was the quickest  way for me to get into the technology world.  In college, we had a computer that was a NASA grade machine.  By today’s standards, that machine’s power is nothing compared to your smartphone.  But to a young mind that had been focused on basic computers, the power and capabilities of this mainframe was extraordinary.

My classmates and I relied on each other.  We pushed each other to succeed.  Almost 150 of us began this journey together.  When it was all said and done, less than 30 of us earned a degree.  I’m proud to say I was one of them.  It required grueling work seven days a week – constantly reading books and learning about the inner workings of talking in zeros and ones.  I lived in the computer room every day from 6AM to midnight.  If IT was a drug, I was a dealer, and I loved the high of the breakthroughs by exploring things that were just being created.

In the winter of 1988, I began my search for a job.  I bought “the” suit, attained “the” business haircut and spent hours of practicing my job interview skills.  These interviews were very difficult since I had never had a professional role before, but I kept going and never gave up.  This is what I wanted to do, and I was meant to do it.

I interviewed with several firms that winter, and came away with highs and lows.  The struggle of not being offered every job was a new feeling to me.  My instructors kept with me and said the right one will be out there: “Just keep looking, and be yourself.”  I spent my Christmas season hunting for a job.  That’s not exactly how I planned on spending my holidays, but at 19, I expected the world to move faster.  It was early January when I received my first job offer, and a day later, a second.  Now, the world was operating at my pace.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Congratulations to our new Director of Sales

Today is Natalie’s one year anniversary with J&M Strategic Consulting. She has brought a level of professionalism and dedication to success that has helped us define our values as a company. Natalie has driven our social media, accounting, marketing, and sales in the role of Global Brand Manager. We are very proud of Natalie’s accomplishments and her role in growing our company.

That being said, Natalie has chosen to focus on sales. In her new role as Director of Sales she will be focused on expanding our client base and assuring that we have the talent to help our clients succeed. Please join us in congratulating Natalie on her success and wish her good luck in her new role.