Meet Wil Stoltenberg, sales associate at True North Technologies (www.go-tnt.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – True North Technologies is a full-suite digital marketing agency specializing in Mobile App and Website development and SEO. Our wheelhouse is helping businesses scale to exceed their goals by pushing them over the edge to reach those qualified, organic customers. All while thriving on transparency, accountability, and candor.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Understanding our services like the back of my hand. What we provide comes with many moving pieces that act as one cohesive unit. Many questions regarding small details have stumped me. In which I could’ve (and should’ve) taken more time to study prior. In a way, I enjoy being asked questions I cannot answer. That question now becomes a learning opportunity.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Nothing of tangible value; but learning to listen and prepare properly. At the beginning of my career, I found myself always scrambling to find a response to clients as they were speaking. However, I’m amazed at the answers that will naturally come to me after listening and being appropriately prepared.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Gaining confidence in myself after hearing my first “yes” at True North.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Wake up at 7 a.m., tee off at 7:30 a.m., and play 18 holes, all to be finished in time for Scott Hanson’s RedZone introduction and seven hours of commercial-free football.
Who inspires you? – Two answers: My dad and the people I surround myself with. Every year, I appreciate more what my dad has done for me, my family, and the ones he cares about most. He has guided me professionally and personally in ways that none have. I like to surround myself with individuals I can learn from and who motivate me to improve. I always want to have goals in mind, and these people remind and inspire me to exceed my goals.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – From the late Kobe Bryant, “Real sharpness comes with no effort.” I believe the two underlying themes here are confidence and preparation. This quote has changed the way I approach nearly everything I do in my daily life, especially working with clients.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? – Nothing in particular. However, being bit by a radioactive spider and seeing what comes of it wouldn’t be too shabby.
Which talent would you most like to have? – I’d absolutely love the ability to throw a football 65 yards downfield or run a 4.3-second 40-yard dash.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – My mom was a TeamMates Mentor for as long as I can remember. The amount of joy her multiple mentees brought her was unmatched. That is an organization I undoubtedly see myself in soon.
What is your favorite movie? – Django Unchained or Good Will Hunting.
What is your favorite TV show? – Game of Thrones and (I’m assuming) soon-to-be House of the Dragon.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Kobe Bryant.