Is there a world outside the Monday morning blues and hump day celebrations – Friday night happy hours’ to cheers to the end of a business week? What makes a corporation, business, or simply an office set the pace for personal growth and professional success? I did some digging of myself to really dissect the happiness factor of offices around the area; finding a void in the employee mentality that it seems so many professionals have become immune towards. Working for a paycheck, content with the daily lull, and many times pumping the breaks at individual and specialized growth. My search led me to a glass corner office off Bake Parkway in Irvine, California. Los Angeles Business Journal’s ranking for number 7 “Best Places to Work” in 2015, Tag Energy seems to have the right idea – more specifically – the right management.
“In the business world its hard to find true mentorship; someone that cares about your growth personally and professionally” says Tag Energy’s Assistant Manager Ryan from the Irvine, CA office.
And he’s right. We can all agree that in a general office setting you can be a bit hard-pressed to find someone who is both inspiring and enabling towards your own unlimited growth. It seems that the sweet spot where the two overlap comes with an innate characteristic of leadership, a personal self-motivation that exceeds any glass ceilings, and a keen sense of business and determination.
Yet still I wondered, is it the person or the business that allows for such particular development within an office? In some regard, it must be a company recipe including interaction exceeding the walls of a cubicle.
So, I asked Jaime Hepps’ office operations manager, Manilynn, for her opinion.
“I have to say we have hired hundreds of people since I stepped into the HR role. I’ve seen people build their business with us, grow an entire campaign from an idea, and others that have taken the skills they’ve learned here to grow into other careers. I think what helps set us apart is that we genuinely care about the development of our team.”
As it appears, this kind of upward momentum comes from a strong recruiting team, the infusion of transferable skills, and as its been told, leadership.
Finally, I was able to sit down with Jaime Hepp – Owner of Tag Energy and senior national consultant to nearly 45 outside offices. At home, a husband and father of two, and in the office – from what I can tell – an owner, a manager, but a mentor first. Across many nations generations are struggling daily climbing the stairway of making dreams a reality; finding vision in anything from a graffiti quote on the subway stop to an entrepreneurial novel. So we figured why not find insight, inspiration, or even relate ability, from the leading source. We gathered a few questions to discover the ins of the office and Jaime Hepp himself. Enjoy –
Can you give a bit of a backstory about your path leading to where you are now?
Im from Saskatchewan, Canada, Moved to the United States at 25. From restaurants, sports teams, golf courses, AT&T, I had an itch to get into green energy space really because this is the industry that I felt millennials would be passionate about. Today’s people coming out of college want to do something meaningful and full of passion and I thought the solar industry would be great for that.
What were some struggles early on, before Tag Energy?
Some of my struggles…well, I lacked confidence; being an introvert. I was not the best with dealing with people. Certainly the quiet and not very outgoing type – so I found that to be challenging in the world of sales.
- How do you define success, as a business owner?
For me, significance comes with success. Success is easier to measure- you know, more money, promotions, growth, hiring more people, its just size. Addition and multiplication. To me the significance part is attached to success. If you’re really not making a difference in the quality of life in the rep, the quality of life of the customer, or the quality of life of anyone associated with the business- then you’re really not that successful. If you have all the numbers of success on paper and everyone’s growing but it’s meaningless, well I don’t find that successful.
- What piece of advice would you give to a younger version of yourself, if you could?
Be patient. In your twenties you want everything to happen now. You want everything to be quick. Nobody likes to wait for anything, but enjoy the journey and the process because you’re going to be different in your 30s and 40s. In your twenties just be relentless and be patient, you will see the result happening down the road.
I wanted to see the fruits of my labor happen faster and that can cause a lot of stress. And for a lot of people I think that makes them job hop and go allover the place because they don’t see success quickly and then they miss the whole point.”
- Tag energy is on the foreground curve of a millennial movement towards using renewable energy. How do you think this change in behavior will affect the way we live our lives today and the lives of the next generation?
This whole green energy play has a lot to do with energy independence – where we don’t rely on foreign oil. That’s probably the biggest piece, even more than the environment. If we can sustain our own energy and we don’t need anyone’s help, how different would the world be? Most of the wars revolve around energy and oil.
The entire environment and planet is obviously just as urgent. I think we should all be a little worried about future generations if we don’t clean up the planet. I think todays’ millenials care about that because they will see it play out their lives and their children lives. I think the reason why millennials are so passionate about it is because they’re inheriting a broken planet and there is no logical explanation to continue on the ignorant path of burning fossil fuels. Energy independence and planetary responsibility are at the forefront of the millenials.