Here at International Business Concepts, we believe the best way to foster success is to build a great team. One facet of that great team is Dalton Elliot. Fortunately for us, Elliot joined our team as a Corporate Trainer in May of this year and is making quite the impression of our management team, client, and his coworkers! We sat down with him this month to talk business, goals, and life lessons.
Were you involved in any sports or extracurriculars as a kid?
“I’ve played many sports throughout life. I played baseball and wrestling in middle school. During high school, I played golf (made State all four years), soccer (made State my senior year), and swimming (made State three years in a row). So, I had my fair share of sports throughout my life thus far. Sports have shaped me into a better person, due to the simple fact that if you want to become better than the rest, you’ve got to put all you have into everything you do. Sports taught me the more time and effort I put into something, the better the results will be.”
What childhood experiences were most influential in your life?
“The most influential childhood experience I ever had was when my dad left my mom. It may sound sad, but it honestly shaped me into a much more mature individual and created the strong dedicated man I am today. I grew a lot from this moment, and today, my parents and peers would describe me as an overachiever, dedicated, and hardworking.”
Tell us about the road that brought you here.
“As a kid, I dreamt of being a radiologist. When I graduated high school, I attended Vance Granville Community College, where I received an Associate’s degree in the arts. I chose community college because it allowed me to study and work at the same time. I grew a few gray hairs from my experience, but it most definitely worth it. I had no idea I would end up in this field, but boy am I glad that I did.”
What has been a difficult, yet growing experience for you as an adult?
“I have been shaped by the day my brother left for the United States Marine Corps. My brother was always someone I could go to whenever I needed someone to talk to and the day he left was the day I chose to get up and try different things in life because I realized there was more out in this world than what I was used to. It’s hard watching someone leave who you’ve never been apart from for more than two days, but once that happened, I became someone I could’ve never imagined being.”
What would you consider to be your greatest skill, quality, or asset?
“My greatest quality is my work ethic for sure. I’m always the first person to the office every morning and I’m always one of the last individuals to leave. I’m usually gone from my house 16 hours a day, but its 100 percent worth it, because I’m climbing the ladder fast and reaching my goals quickly!”
What drew you towards the company?
“I was attracted to this company for the simple reason that this business is a ‘no seniority’ business, as well as a ‘no cap’ business; those two things alone had me screaming inside because I knew if I came in and did what I had to do, I would accomplish everything in my path one step at a time.”
How would you describe the culture at International Business Concepts?
“The culture and work environment in this business is something out of this world. It’s something you most definitely do not see in other businesses and that’s one of extreme energy and support for everyone. Everyone’s opinion matters no matter your rank within the company and that’s one of the most amazing things about this company. Through the direction of my team, I’ve learned how to interview, team-build, train, and most importantly, how to be myself!”
Within the next five years, Dalton Elliot hopes to be married with kids and financially free. “I love new places so I see myself moving around the country and giving others the same opportunity I have been given.” When he’s not crushing it in the International Business Concepts office, Elliot can be found fishing, cleaning his car, or spending time with his fiancé.