The talent at Northwestern Marketing Concepts is off the charts. Granted, we may be biased, but we think our team is about as talented, educated, and as hard-working as they come. Though each of our personalities is unique, what we all have in common is a desire to be the best. Much like DJ Wright, Assistant Manager here at Northwestern, we all have a deep desire to win.
As DJ prepares to help our client expand into a new office location, we decided to interview him in order to learn more about his competitive nature, how he found success at Northwestern Marketing Concepts and his advice for upcoming team members looking to move into management!
Alright, DJ – tell us more about where you were born and raised?!
I was born in Seattle and raised in Orofino where my parents put great emphasis on sports and teamwork. With a dad who was a teacher/coach who oversaw every high school sport from basketball to baseball, football, and golf, I grew up believing that sports brought people together and helped them become a better version of themselves – more athletic, more team-oriented, and more social.
Tell us about transitioning from high school to college sports!
The transition was great and I attribute that to playing a sport since I was 4 years old and accompanying my dad to practices even before that. I knew hard work was going to be expected and that I would only find growth at Walla Walla CC if I was willing to outwork everyone. That mentality helped me transition to Whitman College where I spent another 2 years playing college ball and a year coaching the men’s basketball team.
How in the world did you study biology and end up here?!
That’s a really good question, haha! I thought I wanted to be a doctor, so I chose a pre-med major and really enjoyed my time. I got to intern with Washington State University and study how HIV is infectious and my education was fascinating to me. However, I wasn’t willing to stay in school another 6+ years to pursue a Ph.D. or residency program, so I settled into a research role after school! When I realized that I was being passed up for promotions because of a lack of seniority I knew I couldn’t work there any longer.
Talk to us about your time at Northwestern Marketing Concepts!
I knew I had found somewhere great when I realized everyone was as competitive and athletic as I was. When the CEO, Holly, explained that everything was merit-based and I would advance based on how hard I worked, I knew that I could be successful here. 2 1/2 years later, I can’t believe how quickly my time has gone and how much I have developed as a person and professional. I am more selfless, I think more like a servant leader, I’m even better at building relationships, and more committed to my goals. I can’t express my excitement at helping AT&T expand into Reno, NV next month and this opportunity would have never been available to me had it not been for time with Northwestern.
As our time with DJ in our office comes to a close, we wanted to take this time to formally extend our “thank yous.” DJ – you have become such an instrumental part of our company and there are not enough words to express our appreciation. Our pride in your growth is tremendous, and we can’t wait to see all that you do for our company & client out in Reno!