Hello this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. Today, I’m going to speak with Crystal Griffis, Purple Wave’s newest territory manager for Oklahoma City, Denton, Tex., and the area between. Hi, Crystal, and thanks for joining me.
Thank you, Aaron. I am so excited to talk to you today.
Well let’s begin, Crystal. Tell me about yourself. Have you always lived in Oklahoma?
You know what? I was born and raised in Shawnee, Okla. I graduated high school there. I am also a graduate of Oklahoma State University although I have lived in Springfield, Ill., and Arlington, Tex., for a while, but I am back home in Oklahoma and just excited to be working in my home state.
You have a lot of experience with construction equipment as well as marketing and sales. Tell me about your previous careers and experiences.
Well, we had three manufacturing facilities here in Oklahoma. We majorly provided asphalt construction equipment. We did Total Truck and Trailer, in which we added accessories on to the trucks and trailers business. We did a lot of fabrication and manufacturing and we went everywhere with that. We were all over the world with that.
What was your initial impression of Purple Wave when you first heard about us?
I did a little bit of investigating about Purple Wave. I have to tell you, it was probably the most outstanding company I have ever looked into or been associated with. Their integrity and their focus on customer service is beyond anything I have ever seen before. I’m just excited to be associated with a company that has such a great integrity and standing.
How did you learn about the position and what was it that made you want to be a part of Purple Wave?
You know, I heard about the open position on LinkedIn, which is a social network. I thought, “You know what? I’m going to check this out a little bit. I can use my background.” I just thought it was a great match. I did a little more investigating and found out they were one of the fastest growing companies. I did a little more investigating and finding out the why is because of all the technology that they use and how customer-focused they are. I just really wanted to visit with them and find out what they had going on that they had such great – I mean, when you look on their website there’s just awesome testimony from a cross-sector of different entities. Government, people with privately held companies – their praise for Purple Wave just makes you be excited about wanting to be part of the company.
You joined Purple Wave about a month ago. Tell me about your role and responsibilities and the territory you’ll be covering. What’s an average day?
Well, I’m not really sure there is an average day, Aaron. I’ve figured that out so far. My territory is Oklahoma City, all the way – basically going down I-35 all the way to Denton County in Texas. I am here really to match the solutions that Purple Wave offers to people needing our services. There is just an influx of construction work and road work going on in Oklahoma. We have been very blessed that we have continued to grow. The Thunder and the Bricktown projects that we have going on has just really made this area thrive. There are lots of construction companies here that – this is a great tool for them to use to turn those assets that they’re not using and the inventory that they’re not using into cash. It’s more efficient. It’s more effective. We do everything for them. It’s a turn-key operation. That attracts so many people because they are so busy right now. We are an awesome solution for them to get rid of those assets and to turn them.
You’ve been on the ground for a little more than a month now. What kind of initial results are you seeing and how are you feeling about the position so far?
I love it. I am so excited. I love it. Everybody has been extremely receptive. I think that the Oklahoma City market is just going to explode on us. Like I said, there is such a need in this area for our services. I am just anxious to get out there and tell everybody about Purple Wave. My reception has been extremely well received. I’ve met with several large companies that are wanting to list their assets with us as well as several small companies. It has been a very rewarding month in knowing that we have a service that is so needed in this area.
I’m glad to hear that things are working out so well down in Oklahoma and northern Texas. Crystal, tell me about some of your personal interests. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Well, Aaron, I have two kids. I have two teenagers. My daughter is going to be going to Oklahoma State, so needless to say I’m really involved in getting her moved up there. I also have a son, Chaz, that will be 15 this next month. He is involved in every sport possible. I love to do family things. We love to travel. We love to ski. We love to snow ski. I love just hanging out with my family. We absolutely love the Thunder and going to those basketball games, and, of course, OSU and OU football. Just hanging out with my kids and my friends – I couldn’t ask for anything better.
OU and OSU, huh? I don’t know that I’ve ever met anybody from Oklahoma who classified them both as something that they’d enjoyed. Usually it’s very actively one or the other.
I know. You know what? I love them both. OSU, of course, is where I graduated from and that is my absolute favorite team, but you know what? I’m just an Oklahoma fan, so, you know, OU or OSU – either one!
I’ve been speaking with Crystal Griffis, Purple Wave’s new territory manager for Oklahoma City, south central Oklahoma and parts of northern Texas. Thanks again, Crystal, for joining me today.
Thank you, Aaron.