Running a $100 Million Business
When Natalie Melton accepted a position as a part-time cashier with her local Sam's Club in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, she never imagined she'd still be with the company more than nine years later.
"I had just finished my bachelor's degree and was looking to supplement my income during the summer," Natalie said.
Little did she know that soon after joining the Company, she would enter the Sam's Club manager-in-training program and start on a path toward running a business with more than $100 million in revenue.
After just six weeks on the job, Natalie became a part of this 12-week program designed to expose trainees to every aspect of running a Sam's Club. As part of her training, Natalie rotated through positions in a number of divisions, including operations, membership, receiving and merchandising.
Soon after, Natalie joined Sam's Club #4724 in Hoover, Alabama as a front-end manager. Then she relocated to Club #8115 in Augusta, Georgia, where she was a business manager and then a merchandise manager before earning a promotion to Co-Manager in 2005. In 2006, she became a market human resources manager with responsibility for nine clubs across South Carolina and Georgia.
Today, Natalie is the Club Manager for Sam's Club #6353 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and her busy club is responsible for more than $100 million in annual sales and revenue.
"There's not another company in the world that invests in its associates like Wal-Mart and Sam's Club," she said."I've had a great opportunity to work with tremendous leaders, develop my professional skills and run a large business. It proves that if you work hard and apply yourself, opportunities will make themselves available to you."