Maggie majored in accounting at Southeastern Louisiana University and during that time held various roles on campus and gained some work experience at a couple different accounting/finance firms. She has also worked at other retailers, but it was the summer before her senior year that she faced a fork in the road and decided to take an internship with Sam’s Club in Lafayette, Louisiana. It’s there she shadowed the management team, traveled with the marketing team, and learned the ins and outs of the business. That fork in the road gave her a new family.
"I was born and raised in a small town in Louisiana," she says. "Family has always been so important to me, so it was only natural that I would grow to call my team at Sam's Club my family as well."
After graduating, she accepted a permanent role with Sam’s Club, and she’s been with the company ever since. She found her niche as a merchandising manager and used that skill to get promoted to co-manager and then she was recently promoted to her current role as club manager. It’s the family aspect and culture that has her invigorated for more.
"The culture of celebrating diversity is so refreshing. I can chase my goals without having to fit into a certain box, and I learn so much more from others because they are being their true, unique selves," she explains. "I also appreciate that regardless of what position you start with the company, you can promote to whatever level you work hard enough to get to."
And no matter what’s in store for her future, she has a co-pilot right along for the ride.
"My husband is my best friend, so we literally do everything together. We love trying new experiences – new restaurants, random tours, concerts, festivals. Anything you can think of," she says, knowing he’ll be there regardless of the path. "We’re very random."