Texas Event a Success for NCG, Inc Team

ncg-inc-ktsSome of the Management team here at NCG, Inc (Trumbull, CT) recently got back from a huge industry event in Austin, TX. This was the annual kick-off meeting for the year and over 500 sales and marketing professionals from around the United States and Canada were in attendance. It’s always a great event but this year it was better than ever! When they got back to Trumbull, CT they shared the main themes from the weekend and here they are!

GOALS – The previous year are recapped, industry trends are discussed, most excitingly, the plans for the upcoming year are announced. Large corporations attend this annual event to explain their targets as well as meet with some of their key representatives.

DEVELOPMENT – The event is all about professional development — both celebrating it and facilitating it. Attendees meet with successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders to help increase their overall leadership and business knowledge. NCG, Inc believes in the ongoing development of their people and such is true for the management staff as well!

RECOGNITION – Awards, bonuses and more! Some of the top performers in the industry left Austin a little richer than when they arrived, in a big blown up check form! Clients shell out extra incentives to those going above and beyond their goals. There were also new bonus criteria laid out for 2017 by several companies that everyone was pumped about!

GIVING BACK – What’s better than being surrounded by hundreds of like-minded, driven people who also love the ability to help others in need? Nothing! This year there was a 50/50 raffle to raise money for Operation Smile. In previous years, the winner ended up donating the money back to charity so this year they changed the rules. There would be no “cash” prize. Instead, the winner would get an all-expense paid trip and the location was based on how much money was raised. Well, after over $13,000, which is enough money to provide over 50 surgeries for children with cleft lips and palettes, that winner is headed to London!

It was an exciting weekend in Austin and our management team came back to Trumbull, CT fired up and ready to dominate 2017! Be sure to check us out on Facebook to see the best photos from the event.

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Go Behind the Scenes With a New Employee at NCG, Inc

NCG, Inc in Trumbull, CT is a firm that prides themselves on providing opportunities for their employees to grow personally and professionally in a team-based environment. We decided to see how one of their new employees felt about his experience thus far to see if the stories matched up. Spoiler alert: they did.

Gregory Benson, from Southport, CT has been with NCG, Inc for under a month, which, as he told us, ‘is hard to believe because I already feel a part of the team.’ He joined the team with a Bachelors from Sacred Heart University and is currently a few classes away from achieving his MBA.

“There was a multitude of reasons that I accepted the job at NCG, Inc,” explained Gregory. “I first met with Jolene through the interview process and realized that she is intelligent, ambitious and professional, all while being personable and funny. I am a believer that we buy into people more than ideas and it didn’t take me long to realize she was someone I wanted to be led by.”

Here were a few of the other reasons Gregory decided to pursue a career with the Trumbull firm:

The opportunity to control his own fate – “I came from a large corporation where it felt like my long-term goals were jeopardized by internal politics. The chance to feel as though my hard work would directly correlate to results was refreshing, especially when a timeline of my success was clearly laid out by the company. It was also made clear to me that personal development was just as important as anything else that the job entails, which was key for me,” explained Gregory.

The energy he felt during his interviews –  Gregory told us that was enough to convince him that he would fit in at NCG, Inc. “I have always been the one running around and yelling with passion whether the sun was rising or setting. While sitting in the lobby I would always hear people shouting with passion as they pumped themselves up in the morning (as I’m sure our neighbors love so early in the morning.)”

It was a chance to be around like-minded people – “I’m dedicated to building a successful career irrespective of the sacrifices it will take and I knew at NCG, Inc I wouldn’t be alone in that quest. I have found it challenging to find people that want to work really hard,” added Gregory.

“Iron sharpens iron, and I knew that being around motivated, hard-working people would only make me better.”

Gregory also discussed how the marketing techniques used at NCG, Inc are not flashy but are extremely effective. “They teach straightforward, disciplined marketing approaches that anyone can learn if they are willing to study and make the sacrifices necessary to succeed. That being said, I’ve learned these systems to the point that they are nearly thoughtless reflexes, which I consider an accomplishment,” added Gregory. He also highlighted the structured and detail campaign and client product knowledge he has gained in such a short amount of time, proving the training methods are working well!

As we wrapped up our time getting to know Gregory, he told us his goals moving forward. They started with continuing to grow personally and he is confident that he is in the best place to do so. This is what he said in regards to advancing within the company; “I am excited for my promotion to a leadership role. I want to be someone that can set an example on the team for future members to follow. Down the road, I am excited to develop my own team. The same way that my managers are dedicated to helping us grow, I want to serve my team, which will be extremely rewarding to me.”

Be sure to follow NCG, Inc on Twitter to keep up with Gregory and the rest of the Trumbull, CT team!

NCG, Inc’s Leading Lady Part 2

We’ve been in Trumbull, CT getting to know the President of NCG, Inc, Jolene Foor and it has been quite a journey! In our first of this two-part blog series, we got to know her background, why she left the medicine field to start a career in sales and marketing as well as her beliefs on hiring. (You can check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet.) Well, now we wanted to learn a little bit more about her company culture as well as the direction that she plans on taking the company in the coming years. Check it out!

Q: Following up from Part 1 of your interview, you explained that you do not require Business, Marketing or Sales experience for your employees and that you were willing to train 100%. Why is that?

Foor: We have an amazing training program that everyone goes through when they are hired. I also went through the same training program and it got me to where I am today. The system we have in place, as well as the consistency in our training, makes our employees much stronger and in turn, NCG, Inc stronger than many companies in the area. We start training someone from their first day on the job to help mold them into future business leaders and Managers.

Q: What you do you feel makes NCG, Inc different from other companies?

Foor: I believe that, in addition to the training program, our company culture is what separates us from other companies. We work as a team and are really more like a family; a very close and tight-knit one at that! Everyone’s opinion matters to me and I love hearing all of the ideas my team has about how we can make today better than yesterday. We also have a ton of fun at work. We do things like Pajama Day Fridays, play office Jeopardy, and have daily challenges to hit our goals. We also do a lot to help the community and give back as much as possible.

ncg-inc-jolene-foorQ: What are your personal goals this year?

Foor: To buy a house! I’ve been looking for a while now and I’ve been saying for five years that I’m going to do it so I think it’s time. I am also getting married in May and hoping to start a family, which is extremely important to me.

Q: How exciting, congrats!! What about your goals for your company this year?

Foor: Thank you! We will open two new offices this year and continue to hit our five new offices within two years (a goal that was previously set). I want to focus on developing a great core group of leaders and provide them with as much knowledge and success as I possibly can. I also want to empower my team to be able to run this company the way they want to so that they can get as much development and experience as possible.

To keep up with Foor and the rest of the NCG, Inc team, be sure to follow them on Facebook!

NCG, Inc’s Leading Lady

NCG, Inc in Trumbull, CT has started off 2017 impressing clients left and right. Their sole purpose is to increase market share for some of the most recognizable brands throughout the United States. Not only have they been achieving this feat, but this privately-owned marketing and sales firm is also rapidly growing!

President Jolene Foor took the time to sit down with us and discuss her background, what she looks for in her employees, goals for the company and much more in a two-part blog series. So, let’s get to know the woman closing deals in heels behind the scenes, shall we?

ncg-inc-jolenefoorPrior to beginning her career in business nearly a decade ago, Foor was a Veterinary Technician and a Nurse! Like all careers, this too came with likes and dislikes for her. “I loved medicine and learning about how the human body operates but I disliked the clinical part. Learning about it all was great but I decided that what I truly loved was being able to help people, so I decided to do so in a business setting,” explained Foor. Luckily for Foor, she was not required to have experience in the sales and marketing industry when she began. This is something that now holds true for her company as well. Foor provides the same intensive coaching and training that she was given, hoping to provide those coming from different industries with the same opportunity.

Since Foor has stayed true to not requiring industry when it comes to hiring new employees, we were curious as to what she does look for when hiring a new member to join NCG, Inc. Foor explained that, to her, it was more important for her people to have certain personal characteristics rather than a specific degree or work experience. She went on to highlight a few:

“I am looking for someone who is high energy, self-motivated, hardworking, has high integrity and a killer attitude! I will put 100% effort into developing the right person with these characteristics because they will motivate me to do so!” explained Foor.

As NCG, Inc continues to exceed client targets and grow, Foor continues to keep her eyes open for potential contributors who possess the above qualities. If you are looking for a new career opportunity around the Trumbull, CT area, be sure to check out their CareerBuilder profile for all the latest job openings. Don’t forget to keep a look out for Part 2 of our interview with Foor to hear more about the future and direction that this firm has!

A Fellow Soccer Player Fires Back –Sebastian Baptista on His Favorite and Most Detested Teams

l3q2shlmjgwxtbrcyPut your shin guards on and get ready for some more smack-talking from this Trumbull team. NCG, Inc trainer, Sebastian Baptista, has decided to respond to his colleague and a fellow soccer player, Tom Allen, who recently told us about the teams and players he loves and hates the most.

With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, we had to kick off (pun intended!) our questioning with the subject of the NFL. Here’s what Sebastian had to say about the team he’d kick out of the league:

“One team in the NFL that I would get rid of has to be the New York Jets. I’ve seen too many TV’s being broken, Christmas decorations destroyed, cars ruined, and sad faces that follow an NYJ loss. I’ve noticed that of all the NFL teams, the Jets fans seem to have a deeper obsession with their team. When they don’t perform, like five of the eleven times last season, every Jets fan loses it for a couple hours and bad things happen to good people or decorations in my case. So at the end of the day, #savethedecoration. Bye Jets!”

You’ll recall that Sebastian’s colleague, Tom, had told us he’d get rid of the Cleveland Browns, a team whom Sebastian can’t help but pity. “I strongly believe that going 1-15 will make even the most loyal of your fans hate you! Poor guys!”, he told us.

The next thing we wanted to know was what Sebastian thought of Tom’s dislike of Lebron. Interestingly, Sebastian stood by his co-worker’s side on this one! He told us:

“In this case, I must agree with Tom. True dedication is shown by when a man stays on a team by the people and the fans. Not by the popularity of the team or the amount of money they will get.

As a player and someone who can piece his game together, someone who can be a team player while also leading from the front and putting points on the board, Lebron is a great player.

As a person, if he really loved his teammates, loved his fans, he would have stayed with the Miami Heat.”

Next, we had to know if they also agreed on their favorite soccer players and teams. Sebastian let loose:

“I must agree that David Beckham is not only a very talented player but also an amazing person in his personality.

3o6ozvv0zsjskzocbuI honestly had to look up Hull City. Tom often gets lost in finding a good team to follow. It’s okay, maybe one day I can have a crucial one on one with him and show him a decent team. Small steps with Tom.”

fc_barcelona_crest-svg-1Now we had to hear about his all-time favorite team…

“As a soccer player myself, my favorite all-time championship team has to be FC Barcelona. At first, I was a huge Leo Messi fan and loved watching him play. But after watching the game flow throughout the entire team and watching them play the game together, I loved their playing style and how they moved the ball around.

As an athlete, I began to look up to those players and incorporated a lot of their styles and flicks into my personal game. It was watching them play and taking mental notes that make me the unique player that I am today. (Who is better than Tom!)”

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If you bet that Sebastian’s favorite player was the aforementioned member of FC Barcelona, you’d be right!

“My favorite player hands down is Leo Messi! Not only did he lead me into loving Barcelona overall as a team, but his play style mimics how I’ve played as well.

It was never easy for me to understand that being a left-footed player I should have been comfortable playing the outside left. I always enjoyed playing more on the right side and couldn’t develop a groove for how I should be positioned or how to attack properly while going against natural footing. Messi, being a left-footed right winger, played the way I should have been playing and carved out an idea for how my body should be shaped in certain circumstances or how to attack while being the most dangerous on the field.”

His least favorite player is the Swedish forward who plays for Manchester United…

“Regardless of his athletic ability, one player I cannot stand is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is an amazing striker and has performed some of the must see goals of the century, but his personality is just awful. He’s one those people who’s good but knows he’s good and doesn’t humble himself. I swear, if I see another “You don’t find Zlatan, Zlatan finds you.” meme anywhere, I just might lose it!”

We’ll end this blog post on another note of unity. Did you know that Tom and Sebastian are both dying to visit the same venue? (Hey Jolene, hint hint!)

“I would love to go to the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain! Not only is the location just amazing, my favorite team plays there and my biggest dream to be able to see at least one Barcelona game live at some point in my life! So, Keep your fingers crossed for me!”

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We hope you enjoyed the latest edition of our NCG, Inc smack talking! For more from our Trumbull-based firm, like us on Facebook!

NCG Inc Prepares For Annual Kick-Off Event in Texas

ncg-inc-jolene-and-gabbyNCG, Inc (Trumbull, CT) is committed to the growth of their clients throughout Connecticut. Over the past five years, they have increased market share for some of the most well-known companies around the country and continue to help their employees reach professional success. Every year, industry professionals from coast to coast get together to kick off a new year of exciting results!

This weekend, January 26-29th, the President of NCG, Inc Jolene Foor, is taking one of her pillar employees, Gabby, to this event for the first time!

“I have heard that this is the most exciting conference so I can’t wait to see what I can learn and what lies ahead for my career!” says Gabby.

The goal of this event is for clients to be able to clearly define their goals, measurements, and targets as well as celebrate the successes from the previous year. Attendees like Gabby and Jolene will be able to learn from other professionals about best practices and how to increase their effectiveness in the upcoming year. The most exciting part of the weekend is the black tie event on Saturday night where huge bonuses and awards are given out. Gabby told us she plans on wearing a long, formal black dress to the big night! We can’t wait to see the NCG, Inc ladies all glammed up for the show.

Jolene and Gabby will be arriving in Austin, Texas for the event on Thursday to give them some extra time to sightsee before the action-packed weekend.

“Jolene is more than a boss, but a friend as well. Not only does she help me prepare for the trip but we will have fun as well,” said Gabby.

Meetings with clients will get underway on Friday afternoon followed by a welcome mixer for attendees to hang out and meet one another. Saturday is jam-packed with high-energy seminars, peer learning groups as well as the long awaited for awards dinner and show. It will be a weekend to remember for sure! Be sure to follow NCG, Inc on Twitter for all the updates and photos to follow.

NCG, Inc Employees Receive National Recognition

NCG, Inc in Trumbull, CT recently had two of their top employees selected to attend a private weekend seminar in California for up and comers in the sales and marketing industry. Emily Ngaopraseutsack and Chris Hurylovich earned this huge recognition through their ability to deliver high-quality results for clients as well as their leadership within the company. Emily shared her experience with us about their recent trip, check it out!

After their direct flight from Boston to LA, Chris and Emily waited at the airport for ncg-inc-trumbull-topgun-2another seminar attendee who was coming in from St. Louis around the same time. They all took an Uber together to the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, CA, where they were staying. That night the only thing open was Del Taco, so they enjoyed late night tacos before finding personal goodie bags in their hotel rooms provided by the host of the seminar.

The following morning’s breakfast was held at Brendan’s Irish Pub and was followed by a bus ride to the seminar. Their day of meetings consisted of hearing successful business leaders speak on varying topics, learning about new technology coming to the sales and marketing industry, as well as learning about the personality evaluation, DISC.

Emily’s favorite speaker was a female CEO because “she is a woman and she can run a business as well as be with her family. I love her intensity and conviction when speaking to people. She likes to keep us engaged and thinking. She doesn’t tell us what to do but she asks us what we think and we answer the questions ourselves,” explained Emily.

That afternoon they were able to have professional headshots taken before attending the “social sip” for cocktails and networking with everyone. Dinner was held at Twisted Oak Tavern and the attendees ended their night back at Brendan’s Irish Pub at the hotel.

ncg-inc-trumbull-topgun-3Saturday was a fun filled day! Once in Hollywood, the NCG, Inc duo along with their peers, took a double-decker tour bus to learn about the history of Hollywood. Some highlights were the famous Chinese theater, Paramount Pictures, Marilyn Monroe’s old and new apartment, Cross Road of the World, and Beverly Hills. The tour bus dropped everyone off at the Saddle Ranch for lunch and drinks in Hollywood where they got to ride the mechanical bull! From Hollywood they traveled to Santa Monica, sightseeing at the Navy Pier, having dinner at Bubba Gump and finishing out the evening at a local hotspot, The Bungalow.

Emily told us that after this trip she is extremely proud of herself for how far she has come in developing as a professional but is even more excited to get back to NCG, Inc to share all of this knowledge with the rest of the team.

“I realized how my mentality affects my life’s choices. I choose to do what I want, no one can take anything away from me. Anything is possible if I just put my mind and hard work into it. The quote I like to live by is ‘What I put into it is what I get out of it.’ This is, in fact, true because if I am hardworking, determined, and highly motived, I will go far in life because I know I will keep my eye on the prize. This truly was a changing experience! Thank You to Jolene Foor of NCG, Inc for sending me to this seminar because she believed in me and achieving my goals.”

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