At American Solutions for Business, we love to highlight the family dynamics that make up our sales force and corporate teams. In this month’s feature, we meet husband and wife sales team, Tracy & Leo Hernandez, as they tell us their journey through love, life, and sales.
How did you meet?
Tracy: When I was 19 years old, I moved from Lincoln, Nebraska and we went to a McDonald’s that Leo was the manager of and of course he fell in love with me.
Leo: Actually, when her and her friend came in to apply, the hiring manager was with me that night and I said “Brian, HIRE THEM!”
How long have you been together?
Tracy: 40 years!
Do you work on many projects together?
Tracy: We spend a lot of time together. We’re going to be one of those old couples that if one of us dies, the other one will be right behind! We have worked in a lot of project together, but the ones at American are definitely our favorite. We love how much community involvement we can do. Not to sound cheesy, but American is like family. Everyone understands the family relationship and so it works really well to be a married couple in a work environment like this.
Leo: We do a lot at work obviously but we also work together in church projects too.
How did you decide to go into business together?
Tracy: I don’t think it was a conscious decision. I started with American first and I fell in love with the promo side. And he was a press operator in a print shop and we just thought it made sense for him to come on and take care of the print side while I take care of the promo side.
What’s the hardest part about working with your spouse?
Leo: I think it’s when she has to remind me to do things 100 times!
Tracy: Because I do! But he doesn’t let me be as bossy as I want to be. The hardest thing truly is if something goes south, we both go south. We put all out eggs in one basket. Having that looming in the back of my head all the time, we had to decide failure was not an option.
What’s the easiest part about working with your spouse?
Tracy: We just get along really well and we compliment each other. I’m all over the board emotionally and get worked up about every project. He’s the calm to my storm. Without him I would be wigging out all the time. He’s more rational and just more calm. So we balance each other out very well.
Why do you recommend working with family?
Tracy: We’re invested in the company and we’re invested in each other. And how often is it that you talk to your spouse and they know exactly what you’re talking about? We get to share every aspect of our life together and that’s pretty great.
Leo: Like she said, she’s prone to being emotional, but I still have my moments of “OH MY GOD”. But it’s easier to support each other because it’s not just a work bond, it’s a life bond. If one of us makes a major mistake it’s okay we’ll get by. But with just a regular coworker, it might not be taken that well.
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