I Am Local 6: Jami Marshall overcomes cerebral palsy to sell vehicles

Selling cars is a job that requires long hours, lots of paperwork and some physical labor.

Jami Marshall started working at Royal Oaks Chevrolet six months ago as a receptionist. Now, she’s taking on the business and physical challenges to become a salesperson.

"Every thing I’ve done has been a challenge, but I’ve accomplished every goal I’ve set for myself," said Marshall.

Her challenges are her cerebral palsy and job training.

"’Why don’t you try sales?’ my boss said. I said, ‘Really? Are you serious?’" said Marshall.

Every morning Marshall puts her walker aside and unplugs her motorized wheelchair.  

"Since I’m going to be on the lot and all over the place, I have to be in my chair all the time," said Marshall.

During the training, Marshall will learn about customer service, paperwork and how to present herself to the customer. One thing she will have trouble with is driving vehicles from the lot.

 "I can’t drive these vehicles because I have to use hand controls to drive," said Marshall.

She stays busy and has a motto she goes by.

"Life is what you make it, and try your best," said Marshall.

Marshall will go through two months of training before she can sell a vehicle on her own, but practice does make perfect.

"Come see me. I would love to help you, and I’d appreciate your business," said Marshall.

Her training benefits her quite nicely.

Marshall looks forward to her new position because she will be able to help customers of all abilities.

If you know of a great I Am Local 6 story idea, you may contact Tori Shaw at tshaw@wpsdlocal6.com. Tori is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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