This is Anne Soison
When you meet Anne, four M’s come to mind. Mentor, multifaceted and “Man oh man, is there anything this woman can’t tackle?”Oh, and the fifth: Mom. From helping out the new recruits, to helping everybody figure out a new back-end system, to helping raise a beautiful family, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Let’s take a look at the journey Anne took and see what continues to drive her success.
Anne was born in the Philippines, then moved to the US when she was four. Her father made the difficult decision to move from a very comfortable life in the Philippines. With both a commercial fish farm and commercial real-estate business, life was good. But the politics at the time were anything but. This meant her father traveling between the US and the Philippines constantly while Anne was growing up. Meanwhile, her mother was in charge of raising three daughters while he was away. Oh, and working a full time job herself, too.
It’s no surprise that when asked who her heroes are, Anne’s quick response was “My parents.” They instilled a sense of responsibility and sticktoitiveness that stays with Anne to this day. It also drives her to live up to the three words that describe her best “Positive,” “Hardworking” and “Thoughtful.” Maybe that’s also why the superhero she relates to most is Captain Marvel.
Before we get into Anne’s vast and varied achievements, there’s one thing that’s important to note: there’s no limit to how far you can grow at Ernest if you’re determined and stay hungry. When it comes to determination, Anne is a bona fide superstar. She began her professional career in medical device sales, which gave her the opportunity to travel the world on business.She began her tenure at Ernest as a Client Coordinator Manager, creating processes to help both her clients and her team. Always keeping in mind that establishing and maintaining relationships was key.
She then went on to become a Customer Relationship Development Manager, first working with the seasoned sales team, then focusing her efforts on helping the rookies find their footing. This is where the first M came into play: mentorship. She loved the opportunity to show the new recruits the ropes, making them stronger salespeople and client partners.
Next, Anne made her way here via Amgen, a part of Ernest Business Services. There, she honed her leadership chops by managing a team of 30 to develop marketing materials for clients.
In the meantime, Anne felt like there were just too many hours in the day. So she decided to take on a couple (OK, five) side projects. Again, deep breaths and try to keep up. She’s a member of the Ernest Brand Council. She volunteers for countless committees across the company. She tirelessly promotes Ernest culture.
Yes, that transition to a new back-end system which was a huge pain in a lot of peoples back-sides. But Anne was undaunted by this difficult but necessary upgrade. In fact, she jumped in feet-first to create training programs, work process documentation and platform testing to make sure all the teams were set up for success.
In case you didn’t notice, we just covered the second, third and fourths M’s: the multifaceted and the man oh man.
Now, to the final M: Mom. Anne and her family recently moved to Reno, where she is currently Director of Operations. Which means at work and at home, she’s in charge. At work, she’ll roll up her sleeves in any of the Ernest arenas, whether it’s doing a delivery, cutting a PO. Literally, anything (see above). On the family front, she’s drastically cut her commute, which she now gets to spend with her husband and two sons. The kids can ride their dirt bikes, there’s more open space and Anne can enjoy time with her two boys, who are her main source of inspiration. Plus, she’s just a short hop back to LA to see family and friends.
So whether you’re down in LA, up in Reno or way over there in Raleigh-Durham, you’re likely to see and hear from Anne. If there’s a new challenge to be solved, a new committee to be formed or a new initiative to be tackled, she’s in. And if you ever want to run an idea by Anne or need a hand solving a problem or just chat, she’s in for that, too.