Celebrating Team Tropical: John

September 12, 2018

John Tuosto, Senior Territory Sales Manager

In our Celebrating Team Tropical series, we commemorate our employees’ work anniversaries by getting to know them and their role at Tropical better. Meet John who is a Senior Territory Sales Manager out of our Orlando office. He celebrates 12 YEARS with the company this month!

Tell us about your role at Tropical:

I  have worked at Tropical for 12 years as the Territory Sales Manager in the South Florida market. My primary role is selling our products and services to hotels, country clubs, restaurants, corporate dining accounts, hospitals, restaurants, and distributors, as well as helping Tropical achieve company goals.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy the people I work with on a daily basis (both with Tropical and our customers). Over my 12 year career – I’ve forged strong friendships and professional relationships with countless people. I also enjoy meeting potential customers and guiding them through the sales process. And last – I enjoy the challenge of prospecting, presenting our products, the follow-ups, and eventually having the prospects place their first orders and partnering with us.

What project/success are you most proud of here?

One key success I am proud of is being awarded the Territory Sales Manager of the year award in 2017 on Tropical’s 40th Anniversary. Even though it’s an individual award – this accolade could not have been achieved without the help of both of my inside sales partners (Evelyn Madera & Michelle Benz).

What’s your favorite memory from working here?

A lot of great memories. One that I believe changed my Tropical career for the better is when the Orlando division merged with the  Charlotte, NC corporate office.

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

Continue to improve as an individual and grow with our company. With the high quality of our Tropical branded items – It’s not unrealistic to believe that we will be a mainstream name in 5 years.

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

I would have to say a college wrestling coach.

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

The many coaches I’ve had during my early years. They taught me to prepare for every encounter and to always give 100% effort. To be humble – but always be the hardest worker in the room.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you:

I’m Batman!

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

Robert De Niro as the character Jack Byrnes

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