This week, we’re bringing you a special Staff Spotlight edition of the LEVEL blog, where you get a chance to meet some of the people who keep LEVEL Los Angeles up and running. With over 60 associates working with us, there are a lot of stories to tell!
Today, we’re happy to introduce you to our Business Development Manager, Ellis Hayes. Ellis joined our team just over a year ago, in January of 2016, and has been with us ever since!
Where are you from?
Detroit, Michigan- go Lions!!
What is a typical day at work like?
Lots of phone calls, prospecting new business, conducting tours for clients, and usually some off-site appointments as well.
What has been your most memorable experience working at LEVEL?
There have been a few, but this was probably one of the best. I’d just begun working for LEVEL Los Angeles, and spent a few months courting a potential client for my first big account. While I was away on my first sales trip with my VP, I received a call that they wanted to try out LEVEL for a client. I put together the long term booking while on the road, and ended up getting a lot more business.
What is the best part of your job?
Being that LEVEL has a unique business concept of residential & corporate housing, no day is ever the same, which I love. Every day there’s challenge and change, and also tons of networking. I enjoy meeting with new people and connecting with them.
What is your favorite thing about DTLA?
There’s a great sense of “community” that I feel amongst the rapidly growing Downtown Los Angelenos. I don’t just sell DTLA, I live it. So I always see new establishments pop up with diverse professionals, and it’s exciting.
What is your favorite restaurant in the area?
That’s a tough one because I love so many of them! I’d have to say at the moment, Preux & Proper for the fun New Orleans vibe and Creole dishes they have going on.
Photo: Preux and Proper / Facebook
Where is your favorite place to grab coffee?
I’m one of the few people in LA who doesn’t drink any coffee whatsoever, but when I want to take someone to grab one, I usually just go to Dunkin’ Donuts. They just opened up one downtown, and it also gives me a nostalgic feeling of being back home. Plus I have been known to eat two or three donuts in one sitting!
And lastly, what is your favorite way to relax and unwind?
After work, I walk home the two blocks to my place, open up my large industrial loft style windows, turn on Spotify, call a couple friends over for some wine, laughs and good vibes. I’ll occasionally stare out the window looking at the city skyline (with a direct view of LEVEL,) with Onni’s newest crane in the sky, and say to myself…”I’m a long way from Detroit.”
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