Monday, April 30, 2018

All About Alain

Our team at TL Direct Acquisitions is as eclectic and unique as they come…and we wouldn’t have it any other way. A melting pot of athletes, academians, musicians, comedians, and entrepreneurs, we are united in our diversity and a stronger organization because of it!
Meet Alain Mignot, Corporate Trainer at TL Direct Acquisitions and this month’s featured team member! Due to Alain’s outstanding performance over the last 14 months in our Management Training Program, we wanted to interview him and learn more about what inspires and pushes him at work!
Alain, tell us about where you were born and your upbringing! 
I was born into a Panamanian/Jamaican/Chinese family and raised in Miami, FL as the youngest of three boys! My upbringing was filled with lots of cultures and great music, and I attribute my passion for audio engineering to growing up with 2 parents whose musical tastes varied from reggae, merengue, jazz, and salsa to opera! At 14, I started pursuing music more seriously, learning the ins and outs of editing and adjusting soundtracks from my bedroom.
Where did life bring you after graduation?
After graduation, I started a Pre-Medical program, with intentions of pursuing a career in pharmacy. A year of that helped me realize that I had to do work I was passionate about, not just “interested” in. I dropped everything and moved to Orlando to attend Full Sail University, a school tailored for the arts & entertainment industries. I participated in an accelerated program and received my Associates in Audio Engineering in a year. With that, I moved back home to Miami hungry and eager to work. I was placed, through the help of my University, at Circle House Studios, and fell in love with the opportunity to make music on a daily basis. I worked there for 2 years before moving into freelance work. I grew my own portfolio independently before my mom and I decided to relocate to Atlanta to be closer to one of my older brothers and his 4 daughters!
How did you hear about TL Direct? 
Being new to the city, I wanted to also try something different that would also support my music career. When I saw a job opening that offered hands-on management training, I knew that would be beneficial to me in more ways than one. I applied online, came in for my interview, and a year later I would say it worked out perfectly! The work challenges me, my coworkers entertain me, and I’m learning tangible business skills that benefit me as a music producer myself.
What has been your best memory with the company?
Any time I get to travel, that is a great memory! I’ve been to Los Angeles, New Orleans, Asheville, Columbus, Dallas, and soon to be Houston for a conference at the beginning of June!
What do you bring to TL Direct Acquisitions?
I truly care about people and believe everyone has an incredible opportunity to better their lives here in our Management Training Program. That sincerity and belief help me do well with any personality that steps foot in our company!
How would you describe the company culture in 3 words?
Professional, positive, and familial.
What advice do you have for someone starting in the company?
Give yourself time to see what you’re fully capable of. Trust the systems that the company has in place and the growth potential that’s available. Rome wasn’t built in a day; your career and development will take time but it will be well worth it!
What are you doing in your free time outside of work? 
I spend my weekends with family and enjoying my 4 nieces! I love sports, so if I’m not playing basketball, football, or bowling myself, I’m watching the Dallas Cowboys or Miami Heat!
Alain, you’re an inspiration to many here at TL Direct Acquisitions and we’re so glad to share your story with even more. Keep up the tremendous work and we can’t wait until we’re blogging about your promotion to Assistant Management this summer!

What is it like to work at TL Direct Acquisitions?

A question we often get from individuals contemplating a career at TL Direct Acquisitions is “what are the benefits of working for your company?” We love when people ask this. In order to boast a healthy career, the relationship has to be mutually beneficial. People naturally want to know that the company they are going to dedicate themselves to for years is going to take care of them in return. With this in mind, we sat down and thought about the many benefits we offer to all TL Direct Acquisitions team members and defined them into the following 5 categories.
Professional Growth
In what we think is the biggest benefit of them all, the opportunity for unlimited growth potential is one of a kind. We often hear that people enjoy their current positions but are dissatisfied with the advancement structure, so we vowed upon starting TL Direct Acquisitions that that would not be the case in our company. Every individual is given equal opportunity to progress into leadership and management roles, barring the work ethic and performance is there. We recognize this growth is unique, therefore, the talent we accept into our company is unique. The ambitious, hungry, entrepreneurial type do best here in our Management Training Program.
Challenging Work
Complimentary to our clear, structured advancement opportunities is the chance to have challenging, thought-provoking work. People often get caught up doing menial, mind-numbing work, rather than holding a role that forces them to become a better version of their professional self. At TL Direct Acquisitions, we recognize the strengths each team member brings to our organization, as well as the areas needing improvement. We encourage the personal/professional development of each individual through situational leadership training, management seminars, and extensive networking opportunities. Anyone who has a dull day at TL Direct Acquisitions was not working hard enough.
Uncapped Earning Potential 
We believe people should be paid what they’re worth, not based on the hours they put in. (We’re sure you’ve all worked with someone who clocked in and out and did little in between but made as much as you.) We found the concept of “performance-based” pay perfect for our business model and made it a staple in our company that you could dictate both your growth and your pay. For this reason, we have individuals in our organization that easily make over $50,000 in an entry level marketing & sales position simply because they’re willing and able to outwork and out-study others.
The camaraderie aspect of TL Direct Acquisitions is also a MASSIVE benefit of working with our company. We know from personal experience that it is uncommon to work with like-minded, goal-oriented people who have common interests and work ethic. By grouping people of different backgrounds with similar aspirations, we have bred a culture that competitive go-getters thrive in. By hosting a weekly team event both inside and outside of the office, we ensure that our crew gets to know each other outside of the suits and ties.
If you love to travel and plan to work at TL Direct Acquisitions, be sure to have your passport ready! Offering monthly regional travel opportunities, quarter stateside trips, and annual international rest & relaxation weekends, our company means business when it comes to rewarding our people through travel. We believe traveling promotes networking, as well as an opportunity to stretch and expand comfort zones, so whether our team is packing their bags for Florida or Puerto Vallarta, the memories are there to be made!

A career at TL Direct Acquisitions requires dedication and tenacity but is well worth the effort required. Thanks to the culture built by our CEO, Terry Lynch, we know that people that are valued and appreciated will always go above and beyond. The past 5 years have shown us that and built a foundation of excellence we will continue to compound upon!