All About Albert: Soledad Inc’s Rising Star
Besides working on an environmentally sustainable marketing campaign with one of the most progressive energy providers in the country, the light that guides the growth of Soledad Inc stems from our people; people like Albert Nixon, Senior Energy Consultant here at Soledad Inc.
Due to Albert’s incredible performance this year in our company’s Management Training Program, we wanted to sit down with him and learn more about his story, experience, and goals with Soledad Inc!
Alright, Albert, welcome to the hot seat! Can you tell us first where you’re from?!
Hey, everyone and yeah! I was raised and call Harlem home. I grew up an only child interested in basketball and later got into African Stepping, where I became the captain of my High School Step Team. Sports taught me a lot about the importance of practice and perseverance and being in a leadership role as a teenager showed me first hand how to lead by example.
Where did life take you after college?
Life took me to the City College of New York where I declared a Sociology major with minors in Black Studies & Early Childhood Education. I got really involved in extracurriculars through an organization called RAP-SI (Retention Achievement Professional – Success Insititute) and as President of the Eta Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Throughout college and even presently, my fraternity brothers, especially Charles Smith, have served as mentors and major influencers in my life.
How did you get your start at Soledad Inc?
I fortuitously saw the company’s job listing on Indeed and was drawn to the work in solar energy. I’ve always known that I’ve wanted to be in a position that helps others and teaches, but also have someone where my professional development was a priority too. I feel like I found all of that at Soledad Inc.
What do you love most about our business?
I love the opportunity for growth. Nothing is more enticing in a workspace than having the ability to grow, whilst seeing your ability to create the life you want to see for yourself and family.
What’s been your biggest win/memory in the business?
My biggest win might be my first promotion from Junior Energy Consultant to Senior Energy Consultant. It was embraced by the office so well that day, that it lifted any previous doubts on working outside of the education field.
What are the professional goals you have for yourself by 2020?
I look to move into a management role with Soledad Inc in the next year and help our client expand further into New York, spreading the green energy movement as far as possible. With the help of the incredible team I work with, in 3 years we’ll have helped our client expand an additional 3x, ensuring their success and our growth.
What’s your favorite quote and book in business?
My favorite quote is that “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” and my favorite book is The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
What words of advice do you have for our readers today?
My advice is to always train your mind and body. There are a million things in the world you know, and a million things left out there to learn. Take advantage of every day.
Last question – when you’re not working, what are you doing outside of the office?