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Carl Stokes learned at an early age the benefits of working for yourself. At the age of 12, growing up in the hard streets of New Jersey when most kids were out playing for summer break, Carl was faced with the unbelievable task of managing a family member's deli due to an illness. From that point on, Carl realized he had the gift of self motivation and a natural sense for business.
Graduating from Upsala College in 1986, with a BA in Marketing,Carl decided to follow his heart and try his hand at entrepreneurship. Starting his first company, Stokes Bread Distributors, with only $500 Carl was able to grow the business by buying baked goods below wholesale and selling the products to local deli's and C-stores at a profit. After growing and managing the business for three years, he decided to undertake a bigger challenge.
By 1993 Carl was running a multi-million dollar
beverage and bottled-water Company called Virgin Springs, in Newark, NJ and becoming one of the first African Americans to own a bottled-water company on the East Coast.
In 1999, Carl was contracted by Poland Spring Water North America with $75,000,000.00+ in revenue, servicing over 50,000 commercial and residential customers in the New York/New Jersey market. Under his management and marketing
Today, Carl Stokes is a sought after Sales Trainer, Inspirational and Motivational Speaker in New Jersey. Some of his clients have been Prudential Properties, Coldwell Banker, BMW cars, REMAX Realty, Jan-Pro Cleaning, Century 21, Crossroads Realty, Suntory Water Group, and many more. Over the years, Carl Stokes has trained thousands of sales executives throughout the East Coast of the United States.
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