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Congratulations to Floyd Given for Being Named to the North Bay’s 40 Under 40!

Posted On03/19/2018

ContributorErin Jasper

Nelson is pleased to share that our North Bay Regional Sales Manager, Floyd Given, has been named to the North Bay Business Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 list. Each year, the NBBJ compiles this list of the region’s most influential young people in business. This list includes leaders, disruptors, and innovators – professionals paving the way for North Bay Businesses in an ever-changing and ever-growing economic climate.

Floyd Given brings accounting and finance, as well as general staffing, experience to his role as Nelson’s North Bay Regional Sales Manager. He oversees the day-to-day sales operations for Nelson’s four North Bay Offices (in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, San Rafael, and Napa).

Floyd has been with Nelson for four years. His colleagues tout his unique ability to secure long-lasting relationships with clients and co-workers. No stranger to accolades, Floyd has won several Nelson awards – including being named to our prestigious Chairman’s Club and President’s Club. Floyd is very connected in the community both professionally and personally – most notably as a member of PASCO and as coach of the San Francisco Junior Giants.

“Floyd is professional in all that he does and is always willing to devote time to volunteering in the community. Those who work with him know that he is focused on providing outstanding service while building long lasting client relationships. He has deep roots in the community and has a bright career path in sight.” said Tony Bartenetti, President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Nelson.

We caught up with Floyd in Santa Rosa after the “40 Under 40” award was announced to ask him a few questions about his role:

Q: What do you do at Nelson?
A: I started as an Account Executive in 2014 in Santa Rosa, where I generated new business and nurtured existing client relationships. In 2017, I was promoted to Regional Sales Manager. In this role, I oversee the day-to-day sales operations in the North Bay, helping Nelson’s four sales teams in the region close business, push sales forward, and optimize our relationships with current clients. I’m also responsible for the training and development of these teams.

Q: What are your biggest challenges in your role? Successes?
A: The biggest challenge I’ve experienced is being able to motivate my team and help them develop their skills by using a unique and customizable approach. I understand, and I’ve seen firsthand, how everyone learns in different ways and different paces – and adjusting my approach to foster the success of each member of my team is an ongoing, yet rewarding, challenge.
My greatest success is seeing the shared success of our business development teams. When those teams reach their professional and personal goals while exceeding their numbers, it’s a shared achievement.

Q: Did you always envision living/working in Sonoma County? What do you love about living/working here?
A: I am originally from Rohnert Park and went to college in Southern California. When I was younger, I didn’t know if I wanted to work and live in the North Bay forever. But after college, I found my way back to Sonoma County to be closer to family.
I love working and living in Sonoma County. It’s beautiful, there is a lot of business diversity, and I get to interact with some brilliant minds on a daily basis.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received that has helped you in your role or career?
A: Don’t treat people the way you want to be treated, treat them the way THEY want to be treated. Each person is unique and should be treated as such.

Q: What advice do you have for other young professionals just starting out (in sales, the staffing industry, or in general)? How can they follow in your footsteps to achieve success early in their careers?
A: Work hard, work smart, and develop yourself and those around you. Find a way to push yourself out of your comfort zone; get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Q: Just for fun, what was your first job? And if you could tell your 18-year-old-self one thing, what would it be?
A: My first job was in accounting for a manufacturing company. And take time to get to know those around you. Each person is unique, and you can learn something different from each one.

Floyd: From all your friends at Nelson, a very sincere congratulations on being named to this year’s 40 Under 40 list and for all you’ve achieved at Nelson!

You can read more about the 40 Under 40 list on the North Bay Business Journal’s website.