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Thank you, Nick: An E&L Global Communications Exclusive

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An internship at E&L Global Communications is unlike many others. There’s no coffee fetching for the whole office, no grunt work or meaningless tasks, and no cloak of invisibility because you’re not a full-time employee. In fact, a summer marketing & sales internship at E&L Global Communications is synonymous to having the same roles, responsibilities, and pay as a permanent team member. Why? Because we believe the best way to prepare Michigan’s finest collegiates for life after graduation is by immersing them into a world where they’ve ACTUALLY already walked the stage and work full-time. Nick Poplars, upcoming Junior at Western Michigan University got to experience that world this summer after accepting an internship at E&L Global Communications; an internship he excelled at in every way possible.

Born in Detroit and raised in Troy, Nick is as athletic, competitive, and good-natured as they come. A product of a big, Italian family, Nick recalls his best memories as a kid around a table accompanied by food. Even to this day, Nick, his parents, and younger brother still sit down every Sunday and spend quality time together over dinner.

Always outside and active, Nick remembers playing every sport possible, from wrestling to baseball, football to basketball, and his favorite, hockey! Still, to this day he laces up his skates and hits the ice, a past time that helps him exercise his competitive and team-oriented side!

When it came time to choose a college, Nick followed in his father’s footsteps and selected WMU (Go, Broncos!), immediately falling in love with the city of Kalamazoo and the campus. Selecting marketing & sales as his major, Nick knew he had found a potential career path that would allow him to compete, challenge himself daily, and be in control of his income. When his sophomore year came around, he realized it was time to translate his classroom experience into the work force and immediately set out to find a summer internship that would most apply to his major.

Stumbling upon E&L Global Communications online, Nick came in for a first interview and was blown away by how warm and welcoming everyone was. After being offered an internship opportunity, he accepted with an open mind and eagerness to learn. What the internship did for him and offered to him over the next 3 months, though, surpassed every expectation Nick ever had.

When asked what area he grew the most in, Nick answered that his “communication skills had greatly improved” and his confidence in talking to new customers from May to August was vastly different. He recalls great memories formed from weekly team nights, and the best experience of them all, a company sponsored trip to Los Angeles.

A direct quote from the Founder & President, Meshak Faton about Nick states that “…he has been the best sales and marketing intern we’ve ever had. He was promoted into a Lead Client Management position within his first month and spent the remaining 2 months helping talent scout, traveling to California for training, and representing our team among 4 others during a big transition to a new client! He was a difference maker in our company this summer.”

When he wasn’t working hard this summer, you could find Nick up North on the lake jet skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, working out, watching Game of Thrones or spending time with his significant other and work colleagues. Returning back to WMU a more self-assured marketing & sales professional, Nick is eager to implent all he learned this summer at school and with his peers.

Nick, we hope in writing this blog that you know how valued and appreciated you are at E&L Global Communications. We are dreading your last day in 2 weeks, but know that the lessons you learned here have prepared you greatly for your last years at school. Thank you for being such a reliable and ambitious force to work with. We wish you all of the best of luck back at school. Go get, em!

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Leadership Defined 📖

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“Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.” (Kevin Kruse, Forbes Contributor)

How does one define leadership? More importantly, what makes a great leader? At E&L Global Communications, our 8 core values are the ingredients that make up our definition of leadership. Through repeated actions, executed by even the highest ranking in our firm, leadership becomes not just a destination, but a continuous process of development and improvement.

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Dedication

Leaders are committed to their work.

Great leaders keep their end goals in mind! They have a clear vision of what they want their team to accomplish. A leader’s dedication lies in helping his/her team reach its goals because this ultimately helps the leader achieve his/her own goals.  

Work Ethic

Leaders set the pace.

They are the record holders, the go-to people, and the all-star trainers of the office.

It’s not because of talent; it’s because of work ethic. E&L Global Communications believes that if a person wants something bad enough, they will work hard and develop the skills needed to get it!

Student Mentality

Leaders never stop learning.

They understand the importance of humility and that there is always room improvement. Leaders are self-aware and know what they can get better at. Whether it’s through reading a business book or receiving advice from a mentor, the leaders at E&L Global Communications are always seeking to become the best versions of themselves!

Philanthropy

Leaders give back.

They seek to help others less fortunate because by setting this example, others follow in their path! E&L Global Communications hosts fundraising events for organizations, such as The Ronald McDonald House and Operation Smile, as a way to give back to the community!

Attitude

Leaders stay positive.

They never underestimate the power of a positive attitude. At moments of triumph and tribulation, their mood stays consistent. This ability to protect their emotions and remain optimistic sets the energy for the rest of the team. As we say, more people like Tigger than Eeyore, right?!

Integrity

Leaders inherently do the right thing.

They do the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do. In representing the caliber of clientele that we do, it is imperative that leaders within E&L Global Communications act with high character and morality at all times. We value our partnership with our client, their customers, and our team, and would never want to jeopardize that by taking a shortcut in business.

Competitiveness

Leaders love a good challenge.

They know that in order to get the team results they desire, they must be willing to set the pace and throw out a few challenges here and there to keep everyone on their toes! We value competitiveness in a leader because we know they will be driven long after external motivational factors fade. The internal fire that fuels an athlete to practice when their entire body aches are what also fuels leaders within E&L Global Communications.

Humility

Leaders remain humble.

They are confident, but not arrogant. They know the day they have the mindset that they’ve arrived, they will fall from grace just as quickly. A true leader knows they must continue to ask questions, seek knowledge and learn from others in positions they desire while remaining likable and approachable.
While there are many values that create great leaders, we know that by focusing our efforts on just a few we will master them. To learn more about the Executive Team at E&L Global Communications and the visionaries who make these values a reality, view our web page here or follow them on Instagram for more tips and insight @eandlglobalcomm!

March Madness at E&L Global Communications! 🏀

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It’s one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. It’s where champions are made. It’s March Madness. 

Basketball is a huge topic of conversation at E&L Global Communications, especially during March! As we anxiously await the Final Four this weekend, we have chosen to share an exclusive interview with our very own collegiate basketball player – our VP of Marketing, Meshak!

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So, Meshak, how did you initially get interested in basketball?

I initially got interested in basketball by staying up late and sneaking up in the living room so that I could catch the Lakers game at 4-5 AM. I fell in love with the sport just by watching it.

Now that’s dedication! Who did you play for in college and which position did you play?

I played for a small school in Southern Indiana called Vincennes University as a Point Guard.

We have to ask, who is your favorite basketball player of all time?

That would be none other than Kobe Bryant!

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Kobe Bryant is an amazing basketball player! Now, on to college basketball. We know you love March Madness, but what is your favorite aspect of it?

The non-stop basketball games – the underdog story is always thrilling!

Agreed! Next, we think we can guess this based on fan memorabilia in your office (haha), but who is your favorite collegiate team and why?

That’s easy – The North Carolina Tar Heels! I love the legendary coach, Dean Smith, and the history of the program.

Nice choice! And who is your favorite collegiate player?

Nigel Hayes (a Forward for the University of Wisconsin); he plays his heart out and stands up for what he believes in!

We’re going to play devil’s advocate here and ask, who is your least favorite collegiate team?

Haha, that would be the Duke Blue Devils. When they were beat by South Carolina this year, I really enjoyed that.

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On that note, what is your favorite collegiate rivalry?

UNC vs Duke – the excitement and anticipation is like no other!

Who do you predict will win the National Championship?

UNC is going to win it all and cut down the nets in April! I can’t wait to see it happen!

Love the confidence! Last question, how has playing basketball helped in your professional career?

It has really taught me the fundamentals of leadership and how to be proactive instead of reactive. If execution doesn’t begin with planning and preparation, your goal then becomes a wish. Competition has always been a core value for me. By playing sports my whole life, I have learned that you can have results or excuses, but not both.

Thank you, Meshak, for taking the time to share your all of your insights! We look forward to the Final Four games this weekend and the National Championship party in the office Monday! That’s happening, right? 🙃😉