Celebrating Team Tropical: Betty

November 8, 2018

Betty Gordon, Inside Sales Manager

In our Celebrating Team Tropical series, we commemorate our employees’ work anniversaries by getting to know them and their role at Tropical Foods better. Meet Betty Jean (BJ) who is an Inside Sales Manager out of our Orlando office. She celebrates 30 YEARS with the company this week!

Tell us about your role at Tropical:

I have worked for Tropical for 30 years! I manage an inside sales team of 5 inside sales reps, manage the major hotels in Central Florida, oversee our Disney account along with a few other house accounts. In addition, I plan many of the OC quarterly social functions.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Working with customers and the people at Tropical – I love the family-like feel.

What project/success are you most proud of here?

Assisting buyers in opening up new outlets in hotels. The most successful project was working with my Territory Manager Jennifer Lewis in setting up the Hyatt Convention Center Market Place. It is one of the biggest market places in Central Florida and we were able to get many of our items in there.

What’s your favorite memory from working here?

I have a lot of memorable times here at Tropical, but my most memorable time is singing Rolling in the Deep on Fridays whenever we exceed our projections.

What is on your wish list for your next five years here?

To retire and travel the USA. There are many places here that I have never visited.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Real estate

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Bill Gates – a self-made billionaire – who has a heart of gold.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you:

I was in the military when I was younger and was an expert shooter of the M16 rifle.

If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?

Michelle Obama

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