Brenna Driver – Owens Corning
1. When you were starting out did you have a mentor, and if so was it, someone, you sought out or they found you? I didn’t have a specific mentor off the bat, but I started really young and didn’t know the value of a mentor. As I think back, there were plenty of people that supported and guided me as I grew in my career. It wasn’t until I was wanting to move into a sales role that I was able to get a formal mentor relationship to help me grow. In fact, they are with a company I no longer work for but still keep in touch and get guidance.
2. How did you get into the roofing industry? Were you in something different prior? Since I started my professional career, after graduating high school, I have been in the industry. My dad owned an HVAC business and when he learned I wasn’t interested in taking over the business and wanted to be a social worker, he said I needed to have a job while I was in college. He sent me to go work as a receptionist at his metal supplier, which was Firestone Metal Products, a large metal roofing manufacturer. From there, I never left, I moved into an executive admin role, then transferred to a sales support role moved me to Indiana, then taking a National Sales role. I left Firestone and moved to Owens Corning about 6 years ago in an Area Sales Manager role. I love what I do, getting to help my customers grow their business through supporting their goals is my pride and joy!!
3. What would be one of the biggest challenges you have overcome? Starting so young, I was in a National Sales role by the time I graduated college. I had a huge hurdle to gain respect from my peers and customers. I prided myself on honesty, admitting when I didn’t know but promised I would get an answer. I also honed in on my technical / warranty knowledge, so I could be resource to my customer base.
4. If you were to give your younger self a quote to hold tight, what would it be? The glass is half full, you can always add more water!
5. Are you open to taking on a mentee? Absolutely, I’d be honored to!