Why “AJG Direct”, where did the name come from?
PG: I chose to use my mother’s initials because she had such a powerful influence on me, and I don’t think I would be as well equipped to run this company if it wasn’t for the important lessons she taught me growing up.
And how has the business developed over the years?
PG: In only three years we can now offer our portfolio of clients: events in any market, for any budget, at any time. I am looking to personally oversee the development of the company’s future leaders throughout 2018.
Speaking of goals, what are you currently focusing on?
PG: My main focus right now is the coaching and development of budding entrepreneurs through structured one on one mentoring through AJG Directs management training program. My goal is to develop talents and maximize peoples potential.
Plenty of companies don’t offer 1-on-1 training, why do AJG?
PG: There is overwhelming evidence that supports the benefits of mentoring in business. Not only does it increase productivity and professional loyalty, but it also drives performance and makes an individual more likely to succeed in their chosen path. We are proud to be able to provide such effective mentoring and training opportunities, and we are now urging more firms to do the same if they want success and longevity.
Through your time in the industry, what is one of the most important lessons that you’ve learnt?
PG: One of the most valuable lessons that we as entrepreneurs can learn is the ability to monitor your attitude and the impact that it has on work performance, relationships and success. Business and the journey to achieving life goals is filled with ups and downs, but the key is to realize that it’s not what happens that matters, it’s how a person decides to respond. By responding with a positive outlook, the chances of success increase massively.
Are there any words that you live by?
PG: “You don’t know your limits until you push them.”