This month we are highlighting 2021 Salesperson of the Year for the Americas, Carrie Baines. This award is nominated by Emerson’s regional managers and recognizes the person who achieves 100% of their sales goal, provides excellent customer service and is a team player.
Carrie is also a member of the Women’s Impact Network at Emerson. In this blog, we discuss her role, the employee resource group she belongs to, and her interests outside of work.
How long have you worked at Emerson?
This is my second tour with Emerson. I started with Branson in the early 2000s and left on good terms in 2006. I came back to Branson in 2018 so in total, I’ve been with the company for over 10 years.
Where did you grow up and where are you based now?
I was born in New Jersey and moved quite often because of my dad’s job. We moved from New Jersey to South Carolina to Chicago, back to New Jersey, and then again to South Carolina. As of now, I’m based in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.
What brought you to the company?
I kept in touch with a few of the salespeople at Emerson, and when my former territory was again available, one of my colleagues asked if I might be interested in coming back. As it turned out the timing was just right for me to make a change and since I always found working at Branson to be interesting and challenging, so the familiarity of the territory and the potential it held drew me to return.
What do you do at Emerson and what does a day in your life at work look like?
I’m the outside sales engineer for Branson Ultrasonics in Northeast Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.
My job involves reviewing new applications from customers and helping them find the best solution from our plastic joining product line. This process begins with reviewing customers’ part designs, recommending weld joint designs, and feasibility testing in our lab with our application engineers. For example, when a customer purchases an ultrasonic welder or other plastic joining equipment from us, I help with the installation, train all users, and assist with any troubleshooting. Since I’m the main point of contact for customers, I’m heavily involved with any questions or concerns they may have.
What do you like most about your job and working at Emerson?
It’s always something different every day because every customer is different. Although it’s the same equipment, each customer will use it differently and I get a behind-the-scenes view of how that customer will implement a product before it goes to market.
The process of developing myriad new products that may later appear in stores, advance an industry, or help save a life is rewarding
I find that Emerson also offers many opportunities for growth and new challenges to tackle which is also another great thing about working for the company
As a member of the Women’s Impact Network…What does your involvement look like within the chapter?
I joined the Brookfield Chapter, and since I’m in the field, I try to participate as much as I can when the seminars are hosted online.
The fact that I’m not working in a physical office with colleagues was my main motivation for joining. Being part of the group helps me feel connected to the company, and the people that I work with but don’t see often.
The Women’s Impact Network provides support and networking opportunities for female employees in 85+ chapters globally. The 5,000-member group has worked to increase the number of women in leadership positions, host regular webinars, and attract a new generation of women in STEM through partnerships with the Society of Women Engineers and several universities.
Can you tell me more about the Women’s Impact Network chapter you are part of?
Years ago, there were not many opportunities to connect very often with colleagues, especially in an outside sales role. The Women’s Impact Network offers a nice break from work, and I enjoy the opportunity to talk with other members and participate in discussions. It’s great to work for a company that is offering more resources to connect with other Emerson employees and learn about specific topics.
Let’s move on to some fun ones…
What do you like to do in your free time?
Being a grandmother, I like to spend as much time as possible with my family and grandkids. My husband and I also have a fishing boat, so we love to fish out in the ocean and be out on the water.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
My family won a treehouse. My son entered a contest for a show on Animal Planet called Treehouse Masters. The company Nelson Treehouse Supplies builds elaborate treehouses for their clients and had a contest called Ultimate Treehouse Giveaway. They picked 3 families as contestants and America had to vote, and our family won. We now have a beautiful treehouse in our backyard with running water, a bathroom, an outdoor shower, and a sleeping loft.
The desert island question – if you were stuck on a desert island without electricity and you could bring three things, what would they be?
A fishing pole, a hammock, and either an axe or a knife.
Where’s your favorite place in the world?
Marathon, FL. We started vacationing there years ago to celebrate our children’s graduations from high school and college. This place has beautiful water, making it feel like you are somewhere in the Caribbean rather than the United States. We just fell in love with the area, and it has become a very special place for us. So, we go there as often as we can.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Stop and smell the roses. We all work hard but it’s essential to take the time to enjoy your life and the beauty around you.
Visit Carrie’s LinkedIn profile to learn more about her.