Doritos, one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, is collaborating with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” We recently caught up with Brittany Thomas, a PepsiCo Ambassador and sales capability trainer for our Frito-Lay division, to hear about her recent trip to Los Angeles for the “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” movie premiere. As one of our most active Ambassadors, Brittany served as reporter for the day – sharing behind-the-scenes stories.
Not many people get to attend a Hollywood movie premiere. What was it like?
It was a whirlwind in the best way possible! I spent a lot of time with the PepsiCo team behind the Jurassic World and Doritos partnership, including some of the Research and Development colleagues who helped create the limited-edition Jurassic Doritos – the giant chips that are almost 18 times the size of an ordinary Doritos tortilla chip. As a part of the premiere, we walked the red carpet; watched the movie, where we sat five rows back and in the center; and attended the after-party. Parts of downtown Los Angeles were also turned into a “Jurassic World.” It was very surreal.
What was your favorite part of the premiere?
The movie! I’d never been to a premiere, nor had I seen a Jurassic movie prior to this one. During the movie, people would cheer for their family and friends who were in the movie and that was fun to see. Being from a small town, I never would’ve thought I’d experience something like this.
What a cool experience. Aside from attending that movie premiere, what do you love the most about being a PepsiCo Ambassador?
Prior to PepsiCo, I worked in the non-profit sector. I’ve always had the passion to give back to others and the PepsiCo Ambassador program lets me do that. I get to share all of the cool things we’re doing as a company with my family and friends, whether it’s on social media or through other ways.
What about your sales role for our Frito-Lay division – what’s that like?
I’m part of our sales training team and our work includes onboarding frontline sales people and new district sales leaders. It is a remarkable role because we get to meet all the new employees that join PepsiCo and share our culture.
We are also responsible for the training and development of our district sales leaders in their first nine months at the company. My passion lies in developing others; people are our most important asset and we get to set them up for success. It is fun giving back and promoting a company that has given so much to me and this role allows me to do just that.
Any advice for others who are thinking of a career in sales?
I learned early on that effective communication isn’t just how well you speak to people; it’s more around how you build relationships and trust with others. I truly believe that is the key to success in sales. Find out what happens when your talents meet our global stage by visiting www.pepsicojobs.com