Sales development managers lead a sales team to generate business leads and build a company’s brand toward the goal of creating new business and customers for the company. The sales development manager is responsible for overseeing a teams execution in giving information to customers about products, their function and pricing, initiating regular follow ups and contact with existing clients, giving information about present products to customers that match their need, demonstrate how a product works, and negotiate sales contracts.
After making very little money and having a lot of education, I decided to go back to school and I went back and got an MBA. When I got an MBA, I went into sales in Wall Street and that began my career in high tech.
So I spent about a dozen years in high tech. I worked on Wall Street for four years in my 20s, then got promoted to come out to California to work at the headquarters in corporate strategy for several years. Then I went back into sales management in San Francisco. I was VP of global alliances for three years. And at that point I managed a billion dollar revenue stream and P&L and about 150 employees worldwide.
Don't be afraid to try new things and try new careers, but the main thing is have fun and have your freedom.
I manage about 32 long-term, couple short-term properties that we invested in roughly 20 years ago. And this allows me the freedom to really work from wherever.