Jamaica, January 13, 2012- Glena Traille-Nassor, sales executive at Heritage Education International, Jamaica, believes that parents should make tertiary education planning for their children a priority.
It is a reason she left her jon at Old McDonald Farms Limited 10 years ago to become an education savings plan sales representative with Heritage.
I wanted a job that would have made a difference in people's lives. I was introduced by a friend who had joined the programme before. Post-secondary education planning, I believe, is a must, and one of the best foundations of the future you can give to your children," Traille-Nassor said.
She was speaking with the Jamaica Observer last Tuesday, after being awarded by Heritage as the Top Sales Representative and Top Sales Manager of the company for 2012. The occasion was the annual cocktail reception hosted at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston.
"My success at Heritage has not been overlooked. Most of my success comes from referral and showing persons what the benefits of having an educational savings plan for their children are to them," Traille-Nassor said.
"I have a very small, but highly motivated and spiritual [group of] people to work with, which has been a blessing to me," she added.
At the same time, Traille-Nassor said it was her work with Old McDondald Farms' Department of Sales and Marketing that had helped prepare her for her work at Heritage.
She actually began her career in hotel management in 1988 after studying hotel management at the University of the West Indies.
"I worked at Half Moon Hotel between 1988 and 1991. Then I went into insurance for five years after that - at Mutual Life [then] Coca Cola for a year when they came to Jamaica. I [later] joined Old McDonald Farms Limited until 2002 when I joined Heritage," she recounted.
To date, being a Heritage education savings plan representative has been her longest serving job.
The wife of Nuru Nassor for 19 years and mother of two sons stated that it was not a lack of success that prompted her to leave her former jobs. Far from it. Her motivation stemmed from a need to spend more time with her family and to help other families prosper - without having to be tied to an office chair during the week.
"One of the reasons I joined Heritage was that I had young children and I knew the challenges of a nine-to-five job and wanting to interact with your kids; nine-to-five did not allow that. Heritage offered me flexibility so that I could offer attention to my children," Traille-Nassor revealed.
Heritage Education Funds International offers education savings plans for parents and guardians of children with returns that can be withdrawn to finanically support the postsecondary and tertiary-level education process of children worldwide.
For her award of Top Sales Representative and Sales Manager of the year 2012, she said she was "grateful".
Meanwhile, quizzed as to her secret for success, Traille-Nassor said simply, "Customer Service".