Discover all the different careers Opportunity Village has to offer with this series of in-depth profession overviews. 

Meet McKenna B., Sales & Marketing Coordinator 

In this series of "Day in the Life of ____", we will be highlighting the various professions Opportunity Village has to offer. This feature is focused on the role of Sales & Marketing Coordinator for the Sales Team.

What led you to OV/your current position? 

I actually used to volunteer here every year throughout middle school and high school! OV’s mission always hit home for me because my oldest brother has Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of Autism) and I wanted to be a part of an organization whose mission was to make the world a better and more inclusive place for him and others like him.  

Currently I am the Sales & Marketing Coordinator. Previously, I served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Sales. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day typically begins with processing any Picking Tickets that were requested the previous evening after I left for the day or early that morning. A Picking Ticket (or “Pick Ticket”) is the paperwork that is created to track an order in our system (Great Plains). Creating a Picking Ticket with inventory numbers also pulls products out of inventory as if they are “spoken for”, so that varying teams know how much of a specific item is remaining and available to sell. For example: if there’s a Mandalay Bay coffee order, I will make the Picking Ticket that shows the product (by using it’s designated inventory number), the quantity, price and date of fulfillment. When the order is handed off to the customer (via delivery or pickup), the Picking Ticket is signed by the customer, then the signed copy is turned in to the Business Office so they can process the payment for the order.

Once all Picking Tickets are processed for the day’s deliveries & pickups, I move on to working on departmental graphic design requests, brainstorming ways to promote business lines (lately it’s been a lot of Dessie’s Table), gathering customer payment information, and processing more Picking Tickets as they’re requested throughout the day. Lately, my biggest project has been a lot of reorganizing the Sales Office and making our space nicer (stop in for a coffee anytime!).  

What is the most exciting part of your job?

Other than being incredibly blessed to be a part of the team I am on, I have to say collaborating on building the Dessie’s Table brand has been the most fun and rewarding project so far.

Who inspires you?

Personally, my Grandma Deloris. One of the questions I was asked in my interview for my job back in 2018 was “If there was a book written about your life, what would it be titled?” and my answer was “Deloris Beckwith Part II”. She was the strongest, most fiery person I have ever known. I think the best way to sum her up was when she spent all day in the hair salon getting her haircut, dyed, and blown out the day before she started chemo. She was a force to be reckoned with and I miss her every day.

Professionally, my boss Edyta! Her story amazes me and her outlook on life is truly special. Once you hear her tell you about where she came from, her early days in the United States, and how she set out to make the best life for herself… it’s impossible to not be inspired. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you're not working? 

I feel like I should say “photography” because I own a photography business (you can check out my work on Instagram!, but I’m happiest when I’m decorating (and re-decorating) my home. Antique shopping is also never a bad idea. 

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