I grew up in the Midwest and understood the importance of agriculture. Early in my career, residing in the Midwest only further enhanced that deep understanding of agriculture importance through my work experience in corn sugar and starch processing.
Garden City, NY (PRWEB) November 11, 2014
National Association of Professional Women honors Darlene D. Gonzalez as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in sales. As the largest networking organization of professional women in the country, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.
“I grew up in the Midwest and understood the importance of agriculture. Early in my career, residing in the Midwest only further enhanced that deep understanding of agriculture importance through my work experience in corn sugar and starch processing,” says Ms. Gonzalez. “It was through a happy accident that I ended up in the ethanol / renewable fuel industry.”
It was a laboratory position that first sparked Ms. Gonzalez’s curiosity about the industry and she has not looked back since. From there, she went on to a successful career in technology sales / account management and is now Regional Sales Manager at Lallemand Biofuels and Distilled Spirits (LBDS). In her role, Ms. Gonzalez, who is a DuPont Six Sigma Black Belt Certified Leader, manages a team of sales professionals leading by example with her persistence, drive and expansive industry knowledge.
Key to her success is Ms. Gonzalez’s ability to build and nurture important relationships with clients through trust, honesty and a collaborative spirit. “For me, this industry isn't just about the buyer / seller transaction, it is about building partnerships with the customer and enabling them to feel valued and important,” she says. Her attention to detail, excellent follow through and dedication instill the highest level of pride among her management team.
Never intimidated by the more challenging economic and technological aspects of the industry, Ms. Gonzalez looks forward to growing with LBDS, a company she says has responded to technological advancements by “enhancing current products and being on the forefront with new, groundbreaking products that have changed the way ethanol producers operate their facilities.” She hopes to transition from account management to people / team management and pursue her PMP certification and a degree in marketing to prepare her for her ultimate goal: VP / President of Sales & Marketing.
Awards & Accomplishments: M.B.A., Kaplan University; Member of ImpactCR, local young professional network; Six Sigma Certified Black Belt
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