Sky, Inc. Manager of the Century: Jonathan Perry!

It is no secret that here at Sky, Inc., we love our founder and manager, Jonathan Perry. In fact, we love him so much we decided to make him our Employee of the Week! Of course it does not make a whole lot of sense to make our manager the employee of the week, so we decided to go with a more impressive title: Sky, Inc. Manager of the Century.

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If you have been wondering about Sky, Inc. Founder Jonathan Perry, here are a few things that he thinks you should know about him:
 
Name: Jonathan Perry
Hometown: Gadsden, AL
Education: I went to Auburn University and got a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a minor in Business.  Image
Explanation for the Education: I was going to go to dental school but changed my mind my senior year. (Editor’s note: Great choice, sir. Nobody wants to spent the rest of their life with their hands in other people’s mouths.) However, with that little time left in my college experience, I did not want to change my major and risk having to stay another year. I decided to just finish the degree I had started, while picking up a minor in Business. Honestly, it was a great choice for me because I learned a lot about time management and being task-oriented.
 
 What do you like to do in your spare time? During my free time I enjoy hanging out with my family, especially my daughter Auburn. They bring me joy each and every single day and remind me why I work so hard.
 
Why did you open Sky, Inc? When I was first getting my start in this business, I worked at the very bottom level of a similarly structured company. At that location, I had a wonderful opportunity to prove my worth and work up to a management position. Still, I have always wanted to work for myself. In fact, I started my first company when I was 17 years old and have been self-sufficient ever since.

What do you love most about owning your own company? Can I say that I love everything about owning my own company? (editor’s note: You sure can, it’s your company.) Well then, there are a few things in particular. First and foremost, freedom. At Sky, Inc., I get to make all my own personal and professional decisions. Of course, there are always people who can give me advice about what decision to make, but I am not beholden to anyone’s orders. Running my own business gives me the opportunity to make my own decisions after careful consideration, as opposed to having someone tell me what to do with no explanation. For example, if I want to go on vacation, I go.  If I need to spend time with my family, I do it.  As long as my business’ needs are taken care of, I can make the decisions that think are best for myself, my family and my company.

What are your short term and long term goals for Sky, Inc? Goal setting is one of the most important things that we do here at Sky, Inc. My short term goal is to open at least two more offices out of our Nashville location. I hope to accomplish that goal within the next twelve months. In the longer term, I would love to become a consultant. One of my favorite aspects of the job is mentoring my guys as they go through this process. I know that the mentoring skills that I am improving every day will go along way towards launching my consultant career.

What motivates you to succeed here at Sky, Inc?  In this business, we talk a lot about “internal” versus “external” sources of motivation. To make a long theory short, internally motivated persons are always the most successful. In my own personal experience, to be successful in anything you have to have a solid understanding of why you are doing something.  Why should I work longer hours than everyone else?  Why should I sacrifice short term pleasure for long term gain?  For me, my “why” is providing my family with a great life.
 
I am not ashamed to admit that I want to provide my family with an abnormally privileged lifestyle. However, I recognize that, in order to do that, I am going to have to work abnormally hard. Still, at the end of the day, I know that I will look back on my life knowing that I did everything I needed to do to provide my family with the best possible life. There will be no regrets for the type of life I was able to give them.
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Sky, Inc. Manager Jonathan Perry, Enjoying the Journey.

What advice do you have for someone who is just starting with Sky, Inc.? My biggest piece of advice for people just starting here at Sky, Inc. is to enjoy the process more than the rewards. I have seen so many sharp people get so caught up in the high and hoopla of promotions or conferences that they forget to enjoy the journey. Even on the difficult days, you have to enjoy the journey. 

Can I have a second piece of advice? (Editor’s note: Of course, you are the manager of the century, after all.) Well, it can be very easy to look at successful people and think that they have it so easy, but the fact of the matter is that no one looked like that when they were on their way up. No success comes without failure. So, my second biggest piece of advice to someone starting with our company is to have a sense of urgency about failing.  The quicker you fail, the quicker you can learn from your mistakes so that you can avoid making the same ones in the future.

What is one thing that you think everyone at Sky, Inc should know about you? Wow, this is by far the hardest question to answer! (editor’s note: We know.) I hope that my guys already know this, but if they don’t this is what I would say: I know that I can be really tough on people at times, but my goal is always to make those people stronger. In my own experience, if you are soft on people, they become soft people. And, as we all know, soft people do not do well in business.
 
So there you have it! Everything you have ever wanted to know (and more!) about Sky, Inc. Manager Jonathan Perry.

What Sky, Inc Is all About

Recently, we were in the process of overhauling the Sky, Inc LinkedIn Profile. Of course, in matters such as these, there always seems to be a character limit imposed. So, while we wanted to say a whole lot of things about why Sky, Inc is the greatest place in the world to work, the text constraints cut us off.

Mind you, they cut us off after we had written a whole bunch about Sky, Inc. So we figured: why not post it here?


Here’s what you need to know about Sky, Inc:

 

Founded in 2007 by Jonathan Perry, Sky, Inc is a marketing and sales firm in Nashville, Tennessee. A mid-sized firm, Sky, Inc specializes in “below-the-line” marketing. This means that we are able to provide our clients with exemplary marketing and sales services for a fraction of the price of traditional marketing firms. In order to keep our costs low and our clients happy, we are constantly searching for the most innovative techniques and methods in the industry. Sky, Inc ascribes to a philosophy of strength, stability, dynamism and excellence in all things and cannot wait to show you what we are all about

For Our Clients

Sky, Inc has a long history of working with the only the best Fortune 500 companies. Our clients are household names and we take the distinction of handling their sales and marketing very seriously.

Sky, Inc understands that each and every client is different, which is why we work closely with them to design and test marketing and sales campaigns that will help our clients meet and exceed their goals. Failure is not an option at Sky, Inc and you can rest assured that your company’s sales and marketing will be our top priority when we take you on as a client.

Current and Past Clients of Sky, Inc Include:

  • AT&T U-verse
  • AT&T Business U-verse
  • Quill.com
  • Verizon FiOS
  • Comcast
  • DirectTV
  • Direct Energy
  • Rogers
  • …and many more prestigious companies just like yours!

For Our Customers

At Sky, Inc, we recognize that our customers put their trust in us when they allow us into their homes and businesses. For that reason, Sky, Inc pledges to act in a manner that is worthy of our customers’ trust.

When it comes to our relationships with our customers, Sky, Inc promises to:

  • Act with the utmost integrity at all times, in all aspects of our customer interactions;
  • Treat our customers with the respect that they deserve, while proving ourselves worthy of the trust that they have placed in us;
  • Save our customers money in any way that we can.

 For Our Employees

 Sky, Inc is a very special place to work. Our company is dynamic and young and we here at Sky, Inc are certainly very proud of that fact. As a leader in the entry-level jobs market, Sky, Inc is cognizant of the fact that the majority of our employees come to work for us immediately out of college. As a result, we have committed ourselves to training our employees in the skills that they will need to have a long and successful career in sales and marketing, whether they spend their career with us, or move on to something different.

 Sky, Inc cultivates leaders. When you come to work for Sky, Inc, you are choosing a professional environment dedicated to providing the following things:

  • Hands-on training and experience at all levels of the business;
  • One-on-one mentoring between members of the management team and entry level employees;
  • A dynamic work atmosphere that values people over profit.

 Sky, Inc is proud to provide a great work environment for recent college graduates. When you come to work at Sky, Inc, you will quickly discover that we treat our employees like the closest friends and that our company is stronger for it.

 Whether you are an employee, customer or client, Sky, Inc has something to offer you. We welcome feedback and communication from prospective clients, customers and employees.

 Please feel free to get in touch, Sky, Inc cannot wait to hear from you!

Sky, Inc. Trip Recap: R & R

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Kicking back with the Sky Inc management team:
R&R 2013!

Here at Sky Inc, we ascribe to the “work hard, play harder” philosophy. This is why we always make an effort to cut loose and relax with all of our friends and colleagues whenever we have the opportunity to do so. Once a year, the Sky Inc management team meets with other management teams from our organization for a fun-filled weekend of rest and relaxation (plus a good dose of motivational networking).

This year, the Sky Inc management team (Jonathan Perry, John Morris and Stevie Durr) headed out to sunny Arizona!

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The Sky Inc management team (John Morris, Jonathan Perry and Stevie Durr) arriving at R&R in Arizona.

 

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Jonathan Perry, Sky Inc Manager, delivers a few quick remarks to other members of the organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of, course, the main purpose of R&R for Sky Inc is to network with other members of our organization is a fun and stress-free way. Still, for Sky Inc owner and manager, Jonathan Perry, this year’s R&R was also an opportunity to flex his public speaking skills while delivering a few encouraging remarks.

Sky Inc manager Jonathan Perry, a former college football player, says that he approaches every speech he makes like a pregame pep talk. As a result, many people report that they find Jonathan Perry’s speaking style to be far more interesting than the average business speech.

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Sky Inc Manager Jonathan Perry hangs out with Rick James.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond basic networking, the weekend was spent making new friends and business contacts, hanging out with familiar faces and lounging poolside with…Rick James?

The Sky Inc management team loves taking any opportunity it can to travel near and far. In the coming months, Sky Inc is hoping to be able to travel more extensively, bringing even more people.

All you need to do to get invited to the next R&R is work hard, keep that attitude up and have a great student mentality. Sky Inc cannot wait to see you at R&R next year!

 

Sky Inc Employee of the Week: Dana Thornton

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Name: Dana Thornton
Hometown: Smyrna, Tennessee
When did you start at Sky, Inc.?: August 19, 2013
 
What do you love most about working here at Sky, Inc.?
I love that Sky, Inc is an upbeat and dynamic work place with unlimited growth opportunities.
 
When you aren’t at work at Sky Inc, what do you like to do?
I love to cook for my family and friends.
What are your goals here at Sky, Inc.?
My goals are to make four outside deals in two years and manage all forms of media for Sky, Inc.
 
What is one piece of advice you would give to somebody just starting out?
My piece of advice for someone starting out is to make goals and look at the big picture.
 
What is your favorite book/movie/song/youTube video and why?
 My favorite movie is Little Miss Sunshine because I love the support of her family the fact she never gives up on her dreams and has no fear.:}

 

Sky Inc. Team Night Recap: Ultimate Frisbee

For Team Night last week, Sky Inc. wanted to kick the Labor Day long weekend off early with a little Ultimate Frisbee action!Image

Since the last weekend of summer was drawing near, the Sky Inc crew decided to head over to Centennial Park to play Ultimate Frisbee under the lights of the Parthenon. Even though everyone thinks that Nashville stays temperate all year long, once fall rolls around, we try to keep our team nights indoors.

The Sky Inc Team had a great time playing six-on-six Ultimate Frisbee. It was a great way to burn a few calories while hanging out with everyone in a low-pressure, business-chatter-free environment. We cannot wait to do it again soon!

For those of you who are not “in the know”, Team Night is something we at Sky Inc. do every week. It is a great way for all our of team members to get to know each other in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. At Sky Inc. Team Night can be anything and everything from grabbing a quick bite at a local pub to hitting the beach for a few games of volleyball.

Team Night Recap: Live on the Green

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Here at Sky Inc., we know that one of the most important things we do as an office is promote a true “Team Environment.” In order to do so, we make sure that all of our guys have plenty of opportunities to get one-on-one mentoring and coaching outside of the office. Sky, Inc. also looks for regular opportunities to send our guys on business trips to other locations so that they can learn and practice their skills.

Still, the most important thing we do to promote a strong Team Environment at Sky, Inc. happens every week:

Team Night!

Every Thursday, the staff at Sky, Inc. gets together to hang out outside of the office. Some weeks, we go on adventures to try new things. Some weeks, we go to concerts. Other times, we just kick back and hang out at a local pub or someone’s house.

Last week, the Sky, Inc. crew got together to take part in a Nashville tradition Live on the Green.

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Live on the Green is an annual concert series that takes place in Centennial Park. Performers from all over the world stop by to give incredible shows to an enthused audience. Plus, it’s free!

The Sky Inc. Team had a great time at last week’s Live at the Green and we cannot wait to check it out again soon!