Dwayne Leininger Launches New Career Through Startup Quest®
Dwayne Leininger is a direct marketing executive with more than 15 years in the industry. He has a successful and diverse background leading sales, marketing and supply chain operations. After leaving a company with which he did not see a viable future, he spent much of 2013 job searching in the Tampa Bay area.
“Most job opportunities come as a result of networking, and I knew it was only a matter of time until I built my network here and put it to work in discovering the next opportunity,” said Leininger.
Leininger learned about Startup Quest® through the professional connections he established at networking events and after watching the first presentation about the program, he was eager to participate.
The program exceeded his expectations.
“The training modules, in combination with the business simulation, made for an extraordinary experience and put much of what I had learned over the years into perspective,” said Leininger. “Startup Quest® made it fairly simple for me to come into most any organization and add immediate value.”
The mentor of Leininger’s Startup Quest® team was Jody Haneke of Haneke Design — a growing, industry-leading interactive design and development company in the Tampa Bay area. Haneke noticed Leininger’s skill set and new entrepreneurial knowledge and business acumen.
Shortly after graduating from Startup Quest®, Haneke Design interviewed and hired Leininger as a project manager in January 2014.
“Not everyone will come away with a job offer from their mentor’s company,” Leininger said. “But every participant will benefit from the experience and be a more valuable team member for companies that are lucky enough to hire them.”