Jillian Gralewski, B.B.A.’13— Creating Your Own Happiness
By Jessica Sliver, communication intern
Waking up in the morning and going into work with a big smile on her face is an everyday routine for Jillian Gralewski, B.B.A.’13. As a national account manager for Coyote Logistics, one of the fastest-growing transportation and logistics service providers in North America, Gralewski works with trucking companies to match their trucks with shippers’ freights. Making more than 200 calls a day while negotiating and constantly looking for the perfect match for driver and load is all part of a day’s work.
Graduating with a degree in sales and business marketing, Gralewski attributes her success at Coyote Logistics to the sales background she received from the college of business.
“The major prepared me entirely for my interview for the position,” says Gralewski. “The classes prepared me for life after college and to be the best salesperson I could be.”
Securing an internship at Coyote Logistics during her junior year helped her to see that this was her dream job. She fell in love with the company, worked hard, finished out her senior year and accepted a full-time position with Coyote.
Gralewski learned plenty of important lessons through the college of business and many of those lessons she applies to her job every day. Discovering how to build professional relationships was fundamental to her success at Coyote.
“Many of my classes emphasized the importance of building strong relationships with my customers, and this is something I have done since day one at Coyote,” says Gralewski.
One of Gralewski’s favorite professors at the college of business was Dr. Jim Eckert, associate professor of marketing. She walked into his office her sophomore year of college unsure of what major would be the best fit for her. Eckert guided Gralweski through beneficial classes to take and encouraged her to take a trip to Germany where she was able to practice negotiation and international business skills.
“He knew I could be the salesperson I always wanted to be; he helped me get to where I am today,” says Gralewski.
The advice Gralewski received during her early years in college pointed her in the right direction for a successful career. Her advice for future students entering college is simple; pick a major that makes you happy.
“I cannot express how much I enjoy coming to work every day and performing my job,” she says. “It makes it a hundred times easier to wake up in the morning and come to work with a big smile on my face!”
About Coyote Logistics, employer of 49 Business Broncos
Coyote is one of the fastest-growing third-party logistics (3PL) and transportation service providers in North America. Coyote coordinates the movement of massive amounts of freight for shippers of all sizes in a variety of industries. Coyote has been widely recognized for its innovation, growth, and strong culture. Coyote’s honors include: named to the Top Workplace list by the Chicago Tribune for four consecutive years and the 2013 National Top Workplaces list; named to Forbes’ list of America’s Most Promising Companies; and named to Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Awards and The Build 100. For information on career opportunities, please visit www.coyote.com.