Eric Saloom, Sales Manager at Kenny Ross Toyota, has been raising the bar and setting the tone for all businesses he's worked at since graduating college.
Eric's business and selling skills are one to be admired and learned from.
Aside from his
career path, Eric
has stories that are sure to turn heads.
co-workers joke that his
life "stories" could take all day/night to tell.
This is a compliment, as Eric's stories are nothing short of impressive.
graduated from college with a business degree in accounting and minor in finance.
Soon after graduating, Eric
bumped into an old friend.
said the last time he
saw him he
"looked like he'd been living under a bridge.
This time, he
was in a suit and tie.
He expressed to Eric he was working as a manager in sales.
This is when Eric went on to work for Dreamwater Beds.
In the first month Eric
was with the company, he
outsold the entire sales team.
did the same thing the second month.
And the third.
was moved to manager after 3 months and then after, was moved to a struggling store that Eric
took from bad to great.
Since his first job in sales, Eric took off from there and has been successful in every sales position he's been in since.
Since graduating, Eric
took over a couple projects in his
acquired a house that a sorority was living in just outside Pittsburgh.
also bought a salon that his
wife (girlfriend at the time) was working at.
After those projects were well underway, Eric drove to Nashville where two of his
brothers were working in the car business.
While at his
brothers, they said, "Put on a suit and tie, you're coming to work."
At that time, the dealership the two brothers were working at was Bill Hurd Chevrolet.
of that store said, "I can't hire a third brother" so they sent Eric
to Rivergate Toyota where Eric
figured he'd "give it a shot.
Anyone reading this can probably guess what happened from there.
Eric was the top salesman for the first month, second and third.
At that point, Eric
couldn't turn down the money and decided to stay in the car business.
From that point on to the time he
came to Kenny Ross
worked at dealerships in between and topped the charts at each one.
even landed positions such as Special Finance Director.
He had no experience as a finance director but produced numbers that were unheard of.
Aside from the car business, Eric
had an interest in drag boat racing.
"It started with just fishing in local tournaments then I saw fast bass boats," Eric
"I went and bought one and it was just an addiction from there."
raced with some of the fastest boats in the world.
explained that this was a very dangerous sport.
even saw accidents that took lives.
"I love life.
I'll cheat death but I'm not going to go willingly.
I took all safety precautions while racing," Eric
Eric's stories about his
racing days, buying and selling boats, and traveling are ones to take the time and listen to.
An unbelievable story is that of a 63 Corvette
was in kindergarten, he
would watch someone cleaning their 63 Corvette
One day he
said to himself, "I'm born in 1963, that's the coolest car I've ever seen in my life and one day I'm going to own one of those."
One day at an old classic car auction in Nashville, Eric
saw a 63 Corvette pull in and it was as loud as can be.
"I look at it and I look at my buddy and thought that was the loudest, most obnoxious Corvette I'd ever seen in my life and that it is me to a T," Eric
went to buy the Corvette
and the seller wouldn't budge.
left the auction without the Corvette
then went to another auction and saw the same Corvette
After bidding twice, Eric
wasn't convinced that this car couldn't be his
After two and a half months of trying to put a deal together, Eric finally was able to convince the 63 Corvette owner.
excitingly jumped in the Corvette
and drove it home.
gets home to see his
wife in the driveway.
gets out and says to his
wife, "We finally got our baby."
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