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Danielle Gerst

Danielle Gerst

Martz Group

Operations Manager

Personal Information

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School: West Chester University

Major: Business Management

Years at College Works: 2010

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Martz Group

Title: Operations Manager

Industry: Logistics

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I started at the Martz Group, a motorcoach company, as their Sales Manager. Within less than a year, I was promoted to being the Corporate Sales Director. I began overseeing the sales for all of our companies, stretching from Florida to Pennsylvania. I also implemented a call center so that customers now receive a streamlined and consistent experience when dealing with our company regardless of where they were calling from. I have very recently transferred to Washington DC to oversee our Operations Department and continue to learn all aspects of our company.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP to me was an unparalleled experience and helped me become who am I today in my work life and personal life.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP made it so that I was choosing the company that I wanted to work for as opposed to feeling like I needed to take the first job that was offered to me. Now in my career, I feel like I am capable of anything after all that I accomplished because of CWP.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

That not every bad thing that happens is the end of the world. I learned to look at a bad situation, do what I could to make it better, and move on.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Potential - do it!! There is nothing else out there that will give you this kind of experience. Current - keep at it! This is an incredibly challenging experience and if you push through you will benefit from this in more ways than you even realize!

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

The skills you learn with CWP are applicable to any industry. Leadership, dedication, and determination are desirable to any employer regardless of the industry, and that is what CWP teaches you.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Do this internship!! CWP is what made me stand out amongst my peers in the post-college job hunt!

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Cancun. Everything about it!

Last words of wisdom

Enjoy the ride! You'll have experiences and will make friends you will never forget :-)

Danielle Gerst