Strickland Companies: AOPD Dealer of the Year
Strickland Companies was awarded AOPD Dealer of the Year in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 21st. Strickland holds a number of AOPD contract accounts and services AOPD accounts throughout the country. Accepting the award in Arizona, General Manager Kim Vogel, has been the leader of Strickland’s AOPD efforts.
AOPD is the world’s largest distribution network of office supplies and is comprised of 74 dealers in 180 locations in the US, Canada and Australia.
Meet the Team – Kara Crook
Meet Kara! Our newest, wonderful sales representative based out of our location down south: Mobile. This lady has been with us for one year and one week, and is constantly driving all over the coast and the panhandle of Florida searching for opportunities and solutions to help her customers’ businesses run efficiently.
I was able to catch up with our youngster and pick her brain about what in the world she did before working for Strickland and what it means to bring innovative, fresh thinking to a billion year old paper house.
EM: So Kara, I heard you have a family. Would you bring them with you if you were stranded on a middle-of-nowhere island?
Kara: No. Although my family is very close and we love spending time at the beach, their competitive card games would be the end of me. I’d bring my dog Bear as a companion, a fire starter kit, an umbrella and a boat.
EM: Boats! Yes. You recently graduated from the University of South Alabama, way to go! How does it feel being an adult and knowing that your mom will never iron your clothes again?
Kara: No one irons anymore, that’s why the dryer was invented. I will miss eating her spaghetti often.
EM: I’ve heard that people around your age think they know everything. Is there anything you don’t know and would like to learn?
Kara: Learning a new language would be nice. I’d like to learn Italian so I could travel there and be able to communicate easily with the locals.
EM: I bet they’ll teach you to make spaghetti- if you ask nicely in Italian. I heard you singing in the car the other day and will skip the question about having a favorite karaoke song, as I’m not sure if they’d allow you on stage. Do you prefer the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
EM: Hm. I’ve enjoyed having a coworker who brings innovative, fresh ideas to this industry. Besides confusing the older people with Excel functions, what motivates you to work hard?
Kara: Watching my name climb the sales charts has been inspiring, but helping new customers set up programs that will truly benefit them keeps me in the game.
Thanks for keeping us young, Kara!