Val Ponder, VP of Sales, Americas
Val joined the Tweezerman Leadership Team in November of 2019. Her main goal is to accelerate sales and drive brand awareness while delivering long-term sustainable growth for the brand and its customers. Val brings over 25 years of experience within the Beauty and Food FMCG industries from companies including Revlon, L’Oreal, Unilever and Coty.
What is your best advice for anyone working in sales? Be curious and ask questions. Take the time to learn the brand, spend an inordinate amount of your time at retail and be prepared to solve retailer problems. You can differentiate yourself by showing up with a well thought out creative solution.
Who is someone that you find to be an inspiration? I have always been inspired by strong, independent women starting with my Mom. She instilled in me as a young person the importance of listening to others, gathering facts, and drawing your own conclusion. She also taught me the art of diplomacy when expressing your opinion.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Mentoring and helping others recognize their career goals and ambitions. I have been fortunate in my career path to have strong mentors that have provided me with amazing advice and different points of view.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Say “yes” to projects that will broaden and expand your background, take your time and don’t be in such a hurry to get to the finish line. The experiences along the way will help you hone in on your true passion. Enjoy and love what you do as your career will consume much of your time.