Ray Fidel: To Transform Your Career, Simply Plant Seeds, DriveTime CEO’s Perspective
Ray Fidel, DriveTime’s CEO, says to simply plant seeds throughout your career, so that new opportunities can find you.
That’s not bad advice from someone who’s been a business executive since his mid-twenties (he’s currently 56) and has a 90% employee approval rating on Glassdoor. Ray has been DriveTime’s CEO since 2004 and transformed DriveTime from a traditional car dealership model to the comprehensive retail experience with a focus on customer satisfaction that it is today.
In a short video interview with DriveTime’s Talent Acquisition team, Ray explains the importance of finding the right employer and career path that fits who you are – not the other way around. Ray states:
“How can we setup a company, but have everybody here really invested in the assessment process?
To me, one of the most frustrating times is thinking, “how do I go through the process to find the right company that fits who I am?” Even if you are happy where you are, you’re on this [web]site for some reason, take the time to have a conversation, take the time to come meet with us.
What I have found throughout my entire career is to simply plant some seeds and you never know what comes back to you.”
Ray goes on to discuss a different type of diversity that often goes overlooked.
“Society now uses this word called “diversity” and we fall right into that category. That’s important to us.
But a part of diversity that isn’t discussed enough is the diversity of how people think, of how people are from a personality standpoint. I think it’s important that the introvert, the extrovert, the thinker, the feeler, whatever diversity they have as an individual, their voice can be heard and their voice can move up within our organization.
We are looking for that diversity; it’s that diversity that brings different thinking and a bigger mind theory, so to speak, to our culture.”
You can watch Ray’s full video below:
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