Amy Smith

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The “Lost-Cause Child”

Submitted by: Tammy Bonser, InstaLoan Customer Service Representative Sarasota, FL Let’s be honest, when people think of Down Syndrome many of them immediately think of chunky people stuck in institutions, but I’m proud to say that is not true. I found out my son, Dale, was going to be born with Down Syndrome when I was 30 weeks pregnant. I was only 28 years old and had to get ready to raise a child who would need just a little more help than most babies. He came home from the hospital on oxygen, with a feeding tube, and required constant …

The Fire Inside

Submitted by: Laura Fain, TitleMax General Manager “Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.” This quote has resonated with me throughout the years. I always wondered that if I was never a domestic violence survivor, if I would be as determined and courageous enough to go through life with the highest expectations for myself. It wasn’t until almost dying that I truly understood the power that I personally had to be whomever I wanted to be. I am not regretful of my experience; in fact, I owe my success to my experience. Without …

The GMs Tell All: Matthew Fredrick

We’re excited to launch a new video series based on our recent GM Town Hall Meetings. The internal Company videos are a compilation of several Town Hall style meetings our Company President, Otto Bielss, held virtually with our store operations team members across the country. The General Managers asked the questions and our leadership team was ready with the answers! These are unscripted meetings where our team members discuss their ideas, ask questions, or share concerns. Read about some of our team members who participated in the meetings as they share their experience. Submitted by: Matthew Fredrick, General Manager, Charleston, …

The GMs Tell All: Gregory Ludwig

We’re excited to launch a new video series based on our recent GM Town Hall Meetings. The internal Company videos are a compilation of several Town Hall style meetings our Company President, Otto Bielss, held virtually with our store operations team members across the country. The General Managers asked the questions and our leadership team was ready with the answers! These are unscripted meetings where our team members discuss their ideas, ask questions, or share concerns. Read about some of our team members who participated in the meetings as they share their experience. Submitted by: Gregory Ludwig, General Manager, TM- …

The GMs Tell All: Andrew Hilsabeck

We’re excited to launch a new video series based on our recent GM Town Hall Meetings. The internal Company videos are a compilation of several Town Hall style meetings our Company President, Otto Bielss, held virtually with our store operations team members across the country. The General Managers asked the questions and our leadership team was ready with the answers! These are unscripted meetings where our team members discuss their ideas, ask questions, or share concerns. Read about some of our team members who participated in the meetings as they share their experience. Submitted by: Andrew Hilsabeck, General Manager, Fredrickburg-2 …

Young and Fearless- My Journey Through Breast Cancer…

Submitted by: Amber Black, Director of Human Resources/Workforce Management Goodness, where do I begin?  Well for starters, I could explain the utter shock of my diagnosis at age 32 considering there was NO prior history of breast cancer in my family.  I was diagnosed on 6/19/2015 with Triple Negative (TNBC) Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) of my left breast, Stage 1 and Grade 3. Now, once you become well versed in the topic of cancer, you begin to learn that the Stage determines how far along the cancer is when you’re diagnosed and is based on how large the tumor is, …

Introducing…. Badges & Feedback!

Submitted by: Kristina Farrell, Director of Talent Programs On October 2nd, Talent Management launched an exciting initiative to our Store Operations Team and to the entire Company – Badges & Feedback! Our leadership realizes the value in every single contributor on our team and wants to celebrate accomplishments, give credit where credit is due, and regularly show our appreciation. This new initiative allows us to ensure that we have the opportunity to recognize, encourage, and reward each other every day. It allows team members to praise other team members across the Company for achievements both great and small, reinforcing the …

#DefineYourDrive: Progress

Submitted by: Bonnie Gringer, Online Marketing Manager Keep your eye on the target and dare to think outside the box! You never know if an uncertain vision you have today will become the seeds for tomorrow’s future! Think outside the box like the artists who were turned down or unrecognized for their work such as Van Gogh, a starving artist during his lifetime; Walt Disney who was told he “lacked imagination”; and Bach who was not recognized as a great composer in his time, but as an organist. Or authors such as, Agatha Christie whose work was rejected for five …

#DefineYourDrive: Self-empowerment

Submitted by: Laura Fain, General Manager  Although I have been working since I was 14 years old, until now I have never worked for a company that cares so much about their employees and helps them become better people in their careers as well as their personal life. My drive and passion for everything I do is beyond this world! I go to great lengths to make sure everyone is taken care of and happy because I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t have a niche in this world. Being a survivor of domestic violence, I always …

#DefineYourDrive: Helping Others

Submitted by: Omar Bustios, District Director of Operations I am an immigrant from South America whose love for and success in sports earned me a scholarship to come to the United States in my late teens. I fell in love with the American way– met a beautiful person, whom I married, and still live happily with along with my three kids. I am a hard working individual who understands the sacrifice needed at home in order to be successful at work, yet in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which is to be successful at home. I take pride in having …

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