Meet Our Superstars



Mikala Brown

Your role at UAG: Junior Admin / Sales Support - Queensland

 

Age: 20

 

Location: Brisbane

 

With UAG since: December 2015

 

Previous work: I worked in the UAG Brisbane sales team. Before that I was doing retail and bar work.

 

What attracted you to UAG: I loved the team environment and wanted to learn new skills.

 

Achievements at UAG to date:  Hitting weekly targets as a sales agent and completing my two week training for junior administrator.

 

Goals/Ambitions for your future with the company: 

To continue to learn and progress in this company.

 


 

Barry O'Connor

Your role at UAG: Managing Director Ireland 

 

Age: 34

 

Location:Dublin 

 

With UAG since: 2009

 

Previous work: In Ireland I worked in Financial Services, but before joining UAG I worked in a different sales company in Melbourne to fund my backpacking. After finding I liked the job I decided to stay in Australia a bit longer and moved up to Brisbane with that same company in January 2009. Shortly after that I joined UAG.

 

What attracted you to UAG: Excellent opportunities to progress within the company, and they seemed like a company who look after the people working there.

 

Achievements at UAG to date: Outstanding achievement award 2010

Manager of the year 2012 & 2013 at the industry awards.

 

Goals/Ambitions for your future with the company: Make Ireland the standard for sales and marketing in Europe

  

 

 

 


Jamie Keegan

Your role at UAG: Operations Manager

 

Age: 30

 

Location: Brisbane

 

With UAG since: 2010

 

Previous work: Previously I worked all in the hospitality industry before coming to Australia. I then started residential sales in Victoria in 2007, where I then progressed into a product/sales trainer role with another sales and marketing company. From there I moved into an administration role with our partner company Aida.

 

What attracted you to UAG: UAG had a lot to offer in terms of progression and treating contractors different to other sales companies. Prior to working with UAG I had experienced working with three other sales companies and I wasn?t very impressed at the way they treated contractors. The culture was different and more exciting at UAG and I believe it came down to the team running UAG.

 

Achievements at UAG to date: Achievements at UAG include breaking sales targets for our clients but not only delivering high quantity but being able to deliver quality to our clients. Also successfully setting up a great foundation of fabulous administration team and have them there to back the guys and what they do.

 

Goals/Ambitions for your future with the company: My goals are to help my administration team progress in their roles thus by UAG expanding into other cities within Australia and New Zealand. To also provide support and training to help them achieve their ambitions within the company.

 


 

 


Paul Keegan

Your role at UAG: CEO, I started up UAG in 2002.

 

Age: 39

 

Previous work: I worked in hospitality after leaving school and spent 9 years in that industry until I started in Direct Sales

 

How did you get to this point in your career? By working with people who are better than me, people

who work with UAG are my partners in whatever we do, I also have a strong mentality that I don?t let things bother me when things go wrong.

 

Career achievements to date:

  • 2002: Opening UAG
  • 2003: Best new sales company
  • 2006: Best sales company Australia
  • 2009: Deciding to change the direction and culture of UAG which was a massive gamble for us as we were moving into the unknown
  • 2012: Best sales company Australia
  • 2012: Best sales company New Zealand
  • 2013: Best international sales company

 

What attributes do you think someone needs in order to be successful in the industry/advice?

A strong desire to do well, Direct Sales doesn?t care how good you think you are it will test every attribute you have, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done

 

Why/how is UAG different from other companies? I believe we are honest in what we do and how we do it. For too long sales has been classed as a dirty word, I am proud of the team we have the partnerships we have with suppliers and clients we have worked with. I believe we have a fantastic culture that allows everyone a voice, and providing a positive work environment that allows ambitious people succeed. There are a lot of sales companies who treat people like numbers I would rather have a smaller team that we invest in and work with rather than the ?revolving door? policy.  

 

Goals/Ambitions for UAG?s future:

We are shaping up for some massive expansion over the next 2 to 3 years:

  • Auckland 2016
  • Sydney 2016
  • Melbourne 2017

 

And also to venture into the UK and Irish market as I believe with the way we run things here in Australia and New Zealand we would be breath of fresh air to the sales industry over there  and give people already working within the industry a better alternative and more productive work environment.

 


 

Samantha Appleby

Your role at UAG: Sales Partner

 

Age: 28

 

Location: Brisbane

 

With UAG since: March 2016

 

Previous work: District team leader for a marketing company.

 

 

What attracted you to UAG: At UAG the environment is amazing! The whole company is honest and reliable, which is super important in this industry.  The whole team are fun, ambitious, friendly and have strong work ethics. The opportunities for growth within the company have no ceiling and the training is indispensable. I was looking for somewhere that would allow me to continually grow and what I found was somewhere I could do that and have fun along the way. It just felt like home.

 

Achievements at UAG to Date: I have broken a few company records, regarding sales and promotions. I'm able to comfortably exceed my targets.

 

Goals & ambitions for your future with the company: I plan to continually grow within UAG. I hope to be running a few successful offfices in the near future.