DERRICK Interview with Marketing Specialist Sam Abbott

December 2, 2013

SamAbbottEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Sam Abbott who is a God-fearing, 25 year old from Columbus, Georgia. He is currently a Marketing Specialist at United Parcel Service (UPS) in Atlanta, Georgia. In this position, he utilizes market trends, historical data, and competitor information to set service rates and pioneer revenue-generating initiatives. He is an active duty Air Force veteran and current Logistics Plans Craftsman in the Air National Guard.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

At 25, I have managed to earn three college degrees, which allowed me to pursue my chosen career path. I have proudly served my country, and had the ability to live in Europe for two years while doing so. This year I became a published author on Amazon and bought my first home, a condo in Downtown Atlanta. God has truly been good to me!NikeBrand

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I have an Associate’s Degree in Logistics from the Community College of the Air Force; a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing & Business Administration from Auburn University; and a Master’s in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. I use the knowledge as well as analytical, decision-making and problem solving skills gained from these programs on a daily basis, both in personal and professional areas. No matter what a person’s career goals are, I believe education is vitally important.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I’m constantly learning new things and striving to reach the goals I set for myself. I have an inherent hunger for achievement and am able to remain focused on completing objectives. Regardless of obstacles, my determination does not waiver.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

While earning my undergraduate degree, I realized I wanted to have the occupation I currently have. I knew I wanted a career in Marketing, and as I better understood the different facets of it and their characteristics, I knew I wanted to be more involved in the strategic aspects of the field. I have been in my current position for almost a year now, and have been able to use my existing skills and abilities, while continuing to learn from tasks, challenges and my peers.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

While in graduate school, I worked on campus at Kennesaw State University as a Business Operations Assistant in the Information Technology Services department. I really looked up to my director there, McCree Lake. He was young, very intelligent, and driven. McCree was one of those rare managers who served as an inspiring mentor for the whole staff. His high level of technical expertise and interpersonal skills were reflected in the department’s success. These qualities were most notably depicted in his ability to motivate a team to care about its project and be invested in the project’s success. McCree’s positive attitude and the respect others had for him were palpable. It was truly a privilege working under such leadership!

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I’ve faced many challenges in my life, but I always challenged myself to evolve through them. I view each one as an opportunity to learn and grow in a way that will help me in the future.I keep my faith in God and remember that He has a plan for me.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

The key to success is God’s grace. No matter how much money I earn or what connections I make, I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish my goals without His help.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

It’s important to utilize the resources you have to accomplish your goals. Make a plan that details the steps you will take, and recruit the help of someone close to hold you accountable if needed. Never assume you’re dreaming too big.

Social Media Contact Info

LinkedIn: Samontini Abbott

Facebook: Sam Abbott

Twitter: @samontini

Instagram: @samontini

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DERRICK Interview with the Multi Talented Orrin K. Loftin

July 30, 2013

OrrinLoftin Orrin hails from Fayetteville, North Carolina.  He is currently a retired Captain out of the United States Air Force where he proudly served as a Satellite Operations Officer.  Among other things he was an actor who resided in LA for a short while and gives special thanks to Mr. David Parry who was his acting instructor.  Orrin currently resides in and amongst the beautiful mountains and foothills of Great Falls, Montana where he avidly writes poetry as can be gleaned to be seen in his new book, “My Divine Pantomimes”.

This year’s quote:  Music is the new frontier with which to endear without fear,…

D is for Dream. What are your dreams, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is to build a pyramid of accomplishments to be inspired by and to inspire others with.  The goal in doing so will hopefully be accomplished through my music, poems and videos while keeping in mind to help someone along the way.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I graduated from Fayetteville State University with a bachelors in Mathematics.  I graduated from Webster university with a double major masters degree in both Space Systems Management and Computer Systems Management.

Math and Computers are but the fabric of day to day life which I find useful in dealing with everything from finances, taxes or costs involved in producing a new album or poetry book.  It is gratifying to be able to take your fields of study and use them throughout your life like a Swiss Army knife.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that make you unique or stand out?

I bring to the table that which I’ve been blessed with in terms of creativity, ingenuity and positivity.  Any math or computer major will tell you that the task is eternal in coming up with some kind of solution.  In writing poetry there’s the necessity to create something new that dwells within you.  Music is but the fabric sewn from magic, requiring you to surge with a creative urge.  It is all you can do to pursue that which is a part of you.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

It wasn’t so much as a realization or an epiphany. It was when I made the song Prance Dance that I simply decided I was going to do an album.  I figured that rather than toying with a demo tape why not go straight to a finished product which can always be improved upon.  As a matter of fact it’s exactly how I do my poetry.  I don’t send in drafts.  I send in a finished product for review and from there all parties involved can see what to do.

With the album Fire Heart it was simply a burning desire to reach for something higher. So now this is what I pursue to do.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I feel others should learn about LtCol Richard Peace.  He’s a financial advisor out of Colorado Springs who knows how to assist you in establishing a sound financial foundation for life.  Whatever the topic or concern you may have he is there for you.  He is truthful and does not claim to have the answer to everything.  He feels the need for all of us to succeed.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I really don’t want the answer to be disseminated because I do not want to be a sob story with woeful allegories.

Grand Mal Seizures

Artificial Shoulders

Being Passed Over for Major

Being a Permanently Disable Vet


Major Depression

Me Getting in my Own Way,…

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

I think what is key is to build upon the pyramid of your talents, hopes and dreams.  In preparing, learning and exploring with dedication and determination you at least give yourself a chance to dance.  Don’t wait to be uncovered to be discovered.  Go at it now with at least the benefit of learning how.  Often efforts in one area translate to another.

Work on what you pursue to do on a day to day basis and let the calendar be your friend from beginning to end.

Maintain your health for you are your own musical instrument with which to play each and every day and remember to pray each and every day and please feel a need to assist others who are indeed in need.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Whatever it is that you want to do if you believe you can achieve even if you don’t do anything with it.  I set up Loftin Algorithms, Inc.  just to see what was involved in setting up a corporation.  For eons I did nothing with it.  Today it’s my record label.