Teresa Castillo-Medina of Star Staffing is a winner of North Bay Business Journal's 2018 Latino Business Leadership Awards.
Professional background: Staffing and recruiting
Education: Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University
Staff: Three full time, as well as training responsibilities
Tell us your story and that of your organization: I’ve been with Star Staffing for over 10 years, and in that time, I have seen the company evolve from three branches to the nine locations we have currently. As we celebrate 20 years in business this year, I have reflected on my own growth within the company. I started as a recruiter in 2007 and have assumed multiple positions, including my current role as branch manager.
I have been given many opportunities to grow and am grateful for the leadership opportunities the company has allowed. I will soon be transitioning to a training role for the company and look forward to the next chapter.
My relationship with Star Staffing has been so successful because of our shared values and drive for success. I feel fortunate that as the company has grown, I’ve also been able to grow and build my skills as an industry leader.
Is there a major accomplishment in the past year or so that you would like to share?
The goal for each branch is to hit a weekly gross profit minimum, which my team and I consistently hit year over year thanks to our determination and constant drive for success.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?
The achievement I am most proud of is reaching the Presidents Club Award in 2017. It is the highest award given at Star Staffing and has been a goal of mine for some time. The award acknowledges that I have reached the highest gross profit for the company and I’m the only person in the company to receive this award.
What is your biggest challenge today?
My biggest challenge is finding a balance between work and family life. I have two daughters, a husband and four dogs. I’m very goal oriented and strive for excellence at work and at home. I do my best to balance it all and take time for myself too.
As a successful professional, what were the biggest obstacles you faced and how did you overcome them?
One obstacle I faced early in my career was a lack of confidence. I was afraid to take chances and would often play it safe. I would then think back on a decision and regret not taking more of a risk to get the results I was after. To overcome this, I surrounded with positive, strong, motivating people that encouraged me to believe in myself and my expertise.
I soon started to believe in myself and realize that I was good at my job and my confidence grew. Thinking outside the box and taking chances is important, even if things don’t work out as planned, I want to know that I tried my best and can learn from what didn’t work. This has helped me not only be a better leader, but a better person. I strongly believe you will never know unless you go for it and believe in yourself.
How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?
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