Holly Anderson is National Sales Director at vineyard 29 in St. Helena, Calif.
Top 50 rank: 10
Sector: Sales and Marketing
What they do: Set and meet sales goals, generate new accounts, and mentor and train new recruits.
Why it's great: A successful sales director--especially one who can weather an economic downturn-- will always be sought after.
"I feel secure since I'm bringing money into the company," says Holly Anderson, a sales director in St. Helena, Calif.
Sales directors often move into high-level management.
Drawbacks: Sales down? You're vulnerable to getting the ax. Commission-based pay can fluctuate dramatically. Expect to be on the road about 50% of the time.
Pre-reqs: 10 years of sales experience and a year or two in management. A proven track record beats an advanced degree.
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