Horizon Innovations- Congrats Joey Lasala

30 12 2016

joe-lasala-horizon-innovationsAt Horizon Innovations, we are an innovative marketing firm that embraces the entrepreneurial mindset and empowering its people in their career development. As part of that process, the Horizon Innovations team has the ability to earn promotions that serve as milestones in their career. Joey, who joined the team in July, has become a core part of Horizon Innovations training and development team. Not only has he established himself as a go to in the company, Joey has earned several promotions, including his most recent one. We are proud to announce that Joey has earned his promotion to Corporate Senior Trainer. This means that Joey has aided several people in the company to their own promotions to Corporate Trainer and has also developed a high performing sales team. It is the step right before one earns their promotion to Assistant Manager, where they learn back office management and client management.

“Working with the Horizon Innovations team has strengthened my communication skills and has taught me how hard work can truly pay off. We have a saying within the office, ‘what we do is not hard, it’s just hard work.’ This statement could not be any more accurate.”

-Joey Lasala

Before joining the Horizon Innovations team, Joey was working at a local winery in a management position that he had advanced into. He felt that he no further opportunity there and started looking for something new. Horizon Innovations gave Joey a light at the end of the tunnel. The company didn’t just offer him a job, we offered him a career that he could enjoy for the rest of his life. There is always opportunity on the table, it just depends on who is going to put the work in and take advantage of what is presented to them.

Joey plans to use his career to continue to develop his team, to truly help people. He has learned how to analyze his team’s learning styles and skills so he can adjust his training and teaching techniques to fit their needs and best benefit them. He likes that Horizon Innovations has helped him learn how to properly conduct and prepare himself in a professional setting and that the team at Horizon Innovations was able to quickly and deeply connect with him, getting him out his comfort zone.

“The team here at Horizon quickly broke me out of my shell and made me feel like I’ve known them for a lifetime. I can honestly say I haven’t “worked” a day since joining the team. I can confidently say the endless positive energy from everyone in the office has helped me succeed in this business.”

-Joey Lasala

His greatest reflection at the company so far that will stick with him for his entire career is when his first Account Manager that he was responsible for training, Thiago, came to him and said, “The reason I love this business is because every day is game day.” Both Thiago and Joey played collegiate athletics, so this statement really hit. Everything is different on game day, the way you dress, get out of bed, brush your teeth, and your entire outlook on the day. Joey thinks of this moment as a turning point in his career at Horizon Innovations.

We look forward to seeing Joey earn more promotions and success at Horizon Innovations. Keep up to date by following the team on Facebook.


Horizon Innovations | Operation Smile

30 11 2016


In October, Horizon Innovations‘ Assistant Manager Christopher Healy proposed to the team an idea to get involved in the community and support a great cause. The idea, perfect for the time of year, was to have a Holloween party where all proceeds went to support Operation Smile. Not only did it let our team dress up but it made it easy and fun to give back.

Thousands of children across the world are born with cleft palates and cleft lips every year. Typically it goes unnoticed in the United States because its a relatively easy and low cost surgery to fix at birth, however, this is not the case in other countries where it’s hard to cover the cost of the surgery. That’s where Operation Smile comes in. This amazing organization sponsors trips that set up camps where families can have their children examined by a doctor and surgeries to fix the issue are provided. These children not only get their smile, but the surgery can fix the complications from cleft issues such as the inability to eat or to speak.

The team at Horizon Innovations knows the power of a smile. As a small firm that provides marketing and sales to the Jacksonville community, being able to connect with our customers begins with the first impression. The team was excited to participate in the Halloween party and not only did they come for the festivities, they even helped ask patrons at The Shim Sham Room to participate as well, which they obliged. Thanks to the team’s efforts, Horizon Innovations was able to raise over $600, which will cover several surgeries!

chris-horizon-innovations-1“Organizing an event like this makes perfect sense. I did something similar last year and its a fun way to give back. The patrons at The Shim Sham Room even helped. Thank you to the management at The Shim Sham Room and it’s patrons who donated.

-Christopher Healy, Assistant Manager at Horizon Innovations

If you would like to donate to Operation Smile, please check out the team’s Smile page