Maria became an operations clerk at Merrill Lynch in 1973. By 1977, she was trading municipal bonds for retail (retail reps and some advisors). Her job was to increase sales at Bear Stearns. She doubled the retail sales in a year.
At the trading desk, she fixed issues with trade problems—not only in her units but for the entire department. Her knack for getting results earned her a reputation. "Oh, that's a Maria problem," the traders would say. "Give it to her. She'll fix it." Likewise, she became the "go-to" person for any department that had an issue with municipal bonds. Fast forward five years, and Maria asked for a transfer to operations-admin, as she realized that she loved "fixing things" or finding simple solutions to complex problems. Maria worked as Bear Stearns' first Internal Consultant and was sent into the Corporate Bond Department, New Accounts, Accounting, IT, Purchasing, and various other departments to "fix things," then leave documentation of all changes and new systems with the managers. Additionally, because so many of the principles Maria teaches are universal business best practices, Maria has worked with owners in more than 35 industries. That includes industries such as chiropractic, software, IT, web design, massage therapy, business management, law, architecture, coaching, health products, and many more. In the same vein, you bring to the table your expertise from all the work you've done and all the courses you've taken in your industry. Similarly, Maria will bring to the table her business consulting expertise, her life coaching training, and all the tools she has developed over the past 20 years. Certainly, that's a recipe for more growth, great clients, and a better life.