Another speaker we’re excited for is Nicole Bird, the owner of RSVP Design. Nicole has worked closely with builders, architects, and homeowners in her current role for almost four years, though she has a great deal more experience in the industry—and she tells us a bit about it here.
How did you first get started in your industry?
I have been in this industry since 14 years of age. My mom worked at a lumberyard and got me the job working Saturdays. I worked there for approximately five years, but because they were an old boys’ club, I could not advance. I ended up leaving and selling furniture for a few years when a sales rep that I had met while at the lumberyard asked me to come and work for the windows company he worked for. (I should say that the lumber yard was a dealer for that line of windows.) After 10 years working for the window company, I asked to take over ownership. They said yes.
Can you tell us a bit about your experience?
I think that most of my experience is hard work. I don’t really have any post secondary schooling other then some courses at the U of A. Again, hard work is the key to anything. I have been told that I shouldn’t apply for a position because you can’t take maternity leave…
What do you think has been a core factor in the success you've achieved?
I feel that if you are passionate about what you are doing, don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do. Drive and determination are key.
What's a principle or life motto you strive to live by?
Surround yourself with like-minded, positive people. There is enough success to go around. I personally don’t have “owner” on my business card—it says sales professional, just like my team. I don’t have an ego; I have always been a team player and still am today.
If you could send a message to your younger self, what would it be?
Patience, patience, patience haha. So many times I felt defeated and was just so upset and was wondering what to do. I will say I have always gone with my gut.
What are you most looking forward to with this upcoming InspireHer event?
I am hoping to give someone the courage to maintain their ground and see that their goals can be met with hard work.