Ascend Source co-founders, Courtney Byrd, and Lauren Reinhertz started their company by passionately wanting to give SAP and SAP Partners a voice that showcased their value. Now they’re continuing their mission by bringing industry leaders comprised of SAP Partners, User Groups, End-Users, and SAP employees to sit down and chat about their journey within the ecosystem, their personal passion statements, and how innovation within SAP is changing the game for businesses across the globe. Join Aspire2Ascend for a light-hearted and refreshingly honest discussion with people who ascend our channel daily.
Season 2 Recap
Courtney, Lauren and Paige reflect on Season 2 of the Aspire2Ascend podcast, share their own super powers and share their upcoming Real Customers of SAP virtual event series.
"Anyone has the ability to re-invent themselves" - Jack Werder
Jack Werder talks to Ascend Source about his unique career path and what he learned throughout his journey. Jack has reinvited himself several times through his career including running a family business. Jack believes anyone can re-invent themselves at any age by being humble, checking their ego at the door and a willingness to learn.
"Don’t sell. Educate. Education is the best form of selling." - Paul Kurchina
Ascend Source is joined in this episode by Paul Kurchina, who is a true customer advocate and SAP Ecosystem Accelerator. Having spent over 25 years within the ecosystem, he has dedicated his career to improving business operations with SAP, but more importantly, taking that experience and knowledge to others. Paul has lived his life and his career by freely giving and investing into people without expectations in return and finding true joy and personal satisfaction in connecting with others. With this lens, Paul shares with us his advice to others on how to survive, but more importantly thrive, in this SAP ecosystem.
"You can control two things in life, hustle and attitude."- Ari Seelinger
Ari Seelinger is not your typical SAP Account Executive. Unlike some sales individuals, he is not motivated by the paycheck, but rather the person he is working for. He started his career at Oracle, then moved to a small start up, and finally landed at SAP. With this experience, Ari is no stranger to navigating both small and large organizations. Ari talks to us about the importance of hustle and attitude and how a bad day rarely knocks him down.
"My style, as an individual, needs to be tweaked in order to be effective and scale as a leader." - Brian Moores
Ascend Source is joined in this episode by SAP Vice President in the Midwest, Brian Moores. Brian shares with us his SAP journey and how curiosity fuels his motivation. We discuss his vision and transition from being an individual performer versus leader. He has learned the importance of knowing when to step in and when to listen. When growing and investing in individuals on your team, he expressed the importance of understanding and accepting that individuals are just that - individual people.
"You can't fake knowledge." - Joshua Milos
Join Ascend Source as we speak with Josh Milos, Head of IT Applications for Birkenstock Americas. At the forefront of SAP technology, Josh shares with us the importance of partner selection and what he looks for when choosing vendors. As an active ASUG member, he shares the benefits of tight-knit SAP Communities and Special Interest Groups and how they have provided him value and guidance throughout his career.
I love hearing how businesses are transforming, leaders are developing and sales people are full of grit!
I love listening to Aspire2Ascend on my way to work! Lauren and Courtney are a fabulous team!