Haley Montgomery: Woman of the Day

Meet the Woman of the Day for July 20, 2017 - Haley Montgomery, director of marketing at TekLinks.

Location: Birmingham, AL

URL: http://www.teklinks.com

Number of years in current position: 4

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 4

Twitter Handle: @hmontgomery

Fun Facts:

Enjoys public speaking
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Loves Spotify
Has completed a marathon
Has written a book
Had a lemonade stand

Biography and Background:
A native of Tuscaloosa and a graduate of the University of Alabama, Haley currently serves as the Director of Marketing at TekLinks. She is responsible for the overall marketing strategy, procurement and management of marketing and development funds, lead development and overall brand management. Since joining TekLinks, she has helped dramatically increase digital recognition and brand awareness for the company across seven geographic areas. In 2015, TekLinks won the Social and Digital Marketer of the Year award at the Cisco Partner Summit, a first time honor for our company. Prior to coming on board at TekLinks, Haley worked in the Healthcare industry for 10 years as Director of Marketing for Medical West Hospital, an affiliate of UAB Health System. She received her degree in Communication and Information Sciences with a major in Advertising and minor in Graphic Design from the University of Alabama. Haley is passionate about giving back to the community and serve on multiple service boards including Workshops, Inc and The Red Cross. She enjoys donating her time helping non-profits with their marketing efforts and planning fundraising events.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
My team and I have consistently helped to attract new leads and nurture current customers through digital campaigns and events. Through this increase of efforts, the sales team has been able to close more deals and increase revenue for the company. In fact, our team executed over 17 events in 2016 with over 2000 attendees.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
Our goals are to enable sales with leads and events to help them increase revenue with our partners and the company. We will execute multiple digital campaigns, 20+ events as well as other marketing efforts to assist in this goal.

What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
This year, our company has been awarded the Master Collaboration Specialization with the help of myself and my team.

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
It's really hard for me to narrow down to one. I think I'll stick to a category...Moms. I admire the working mom, who struggles every day with choosing their time and talents and spending time with their family. I admire the stay at home mom, who dedicates her life to her family (and doesn't get the luxury of lunching "out!") I admire the single mom, who raises and supports a child on her own. In short...moms are amazing and I am lucky to be one!

What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
I think young women are definitely lacking in the interest of technology because they haven't really been exposed in the business sense. I would remind them that technology is all around them, and they are already making the decisions on how it evolves. Who wouldn't want to continue to be a part of this exciting, ever-changing digital world?!

If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
Alice in Wonderland! Wouldn't it be delightful to have a day in a magical wonderland filled with talking flowers, caterpillars and the Cheshire cat?! I know this is a TV character, but I also think it would be awesome to be Michonne from The Walking Dead for a day...she is a true badass. (Although the zombies would not be all that great!)

If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
Modena, Italy. I am a big foodie and an opportunity to eat at Osteria Francescanca would be truly amazing. It is now #2 on the top 50 best restaurants in the world, but made the #1 spot several years in a row. Besides it's beautiful architecture, Modena is home to the best balsamic vinegars, so it would be exciting to see how they are made and try the finest in the world. (Now I'm getting hungry!)

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