Alevation Inc. is proud to introduce Steven Maher, one of our incredible Account Managers that keep our business running. Maher helped open the office with our executive leadership in early October, and has spent Alevation‘s first month smashing records and creating a reputation of success and growth. This month, we decided to sit down with him to discuss exactly what it takes to become an Alevation All-Star.
What childhood experiences were most influential in your life?
“The biggest influences in my childhood were my parents. They always believed in my capability to succeed at anything I put my mind to and gave me the resources to do so.”
How do you remember your childhood? What memories stand out to you?
“Every season of every year I was playing one sport or another. The memories that stand out the most revolve around football, because that ended up being the one I found the most success in, and baseball, because I invested more time into it than anything else. My dad played a huge role in coaching and developing me.”
How did that competitive environment of sports help develop you?
“I have never been much of a competitive person, but being surrounded by sports constantly left me no other choice. I was motivated because I wanted my peers to view me as one of the top athletes in my class. I feared being looked at as the weak link on the team. So, I was simultaneously striving to better myself, while also lifting up the team as a whole.”
Did you have any idea you would end up in this field?
“I bounced around a lot contemplating what field I wanted to develop my career. I had considered the sales and marketing field, but I had no idea I’d have a direct sales role like I do now.”
What was your childhood dream job?
“As a child, the first dream I had was to be a WWE wrestler.”
Tell us about your college experience.
“I attended URI with a major in Business. I participated in intramural sports, like volleyball and dodgeball, but most of my spare time was spent developing relationships with people that I can now call my closest friends.”
What is one life experience that you feel has shaped you?
“When I was in college, I came to the realization that I was living my life for someone else. I was being the person they wanted me to be. Once I realized this, I was able to start living each day for myself and for my own goals. I was able to stop, take a breath, and develop into the person I am today.”
What is something we might not know about you by just looking at you?
“I am a massive professional wrestling fan. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been watching the shows and studying every little detail of the industry. I’ve already attended several training camps and hope to wrestle professionally down the line.”
What would you consider to be your greatest skill, quality, or asset?
“My positive outlook on life. Nothing in this world can hold me back from achieving my goals, except myself. It doesn’t matter what obstacles or challenges are in my way. So, my ability to see and accept the positive side of every situation is my greatest asset.”
How would you describe the culture/work environment at Alevation Inc?
“Motivating. Every little thing we do is designed to motivate every employee to achieve their own goals and succeed. We believe everyone has the capability to succeed, it’s just a matter of getting them to believe in it themselves.”
How has Alevation Inc helped you in your career development?
“This company puts a lot of emphasis on communication, which has helped develop my relationship and team building skills. It’s important to know the significance of communication, whether it’s vocalizing your goals, or motivating others to achieve theirs.”
What do you find to be most challenging in your work?
“Morning preparation. Whether it’s getting myself ready in a routine manner or planning meetings, mornings are my biggest struggle.”
What have you gained from your work?
“My work is helping me set specific, attainable goals for myself. I had never really set specific goals for myself, but our emphasis on creating these goals and motivating each other to achieve them has been driving me to push myself forward professionally.”
What has been your proudest moment in your life and in the office?
“The proudest moment of my life was seeing my mom receive the Presidential Service award from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. On top of her full time job, she invested so much time into all of the athletic programs at my high school, so this award was well-deserved recognition for all of her dedication and sacrifice. In the office, my proudest moment was getting promoted. I am normally too shy to speak about my own performance, but the recognition and praise from my colleagues was uplifting and motivating.”
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
“I would learn how to consistently make enough money in the stock market to retire early.”
If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
“First I would pay off my student loan debt. Then I’d pay off my parents’ mortgage and their cars. Then I’d pay off my brother’s student loan debt. And if there’s enough money leftover, I’d buy a nice, modest house for myself in the suburbs of Boston.”
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
“On one hand, I’d like to say I’d tell myself to stop, breathe, and relax; everything will work itself out. But on the other hand, if I change anything about the past, I might not be where I am today.”
How do you define success?
“Success is the achievement of your goals. And not the goals you put out there just for the sake of it, but the ones that make you feel truly proud of yourself and your efforts when you achieve them.”
What is your favorite thing about working in the business industry?
“The people you meet. Everyone in this world has their own story, their own experiences, their own perspective, and it’s amazing to see how people from so many different backgrounds can come together and share their outlooks in a positive environment.”
What business advice would you give to people hoping to start a career?
“Just do it. Just take a deep breath and dive right in. You’ll never swim if you don’t get in the water. Keep your chin up, put a smile on your face, and be ready to meet some amazing people.”
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
“Personal and professional development every single day. If I’m not taking steps forward in my career, I’m falling behind.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“I see myself running an office for our client, while wrestling under contract with a major professional wrestling company.”
Is there anything else we should know about you?
“I’m down for anything. I’ll have a conversation with anybody to learn about their life experiences and how it’s shaped their perspective. I’ll try anything. I’ve worked in sales, finance, restaurants, I’ve played several sports, I’ve built computers, I’ve assisted on film sets/film editing, I’ve jumped out of a lighthouse and I’ve been parasailing. There really isn’t much in this life that I wouldn’t try at least once.”
Nothing in this business is promised, but with Steven on our team, we see nothing but success in our future. Steven, thank you for inspiring your team every day and working tirelessly to build a thriving company.