Entrepreneurship, Growth, Success

Meet AO1’s Cowboy Account Manager, Kyle Roth

Here at AO1 Consulting, we jump at the opportunity to celebrate our hard-working team members who contribute to our growth each and every day. Kyle Roth has been an account manager on the team since March of 2019.

So you were born in Wichita. Is that where you were primarily raised?

“I spent the majority of my childhood in Wichita. I moved to Oklahoma City when I was sixteen years old.”

Tell us about your childhood. What childhood experiences were most influential in your life?

“Being the youngest of four siblings in a very athletic family forced me to keep up or quit playing. I had to be twice as tough as my older brothers or I didn’t get to play. From football to basketball to water skiing, there was only one option- keep up or quit. That mentality has transformed over the years, but the premise of it is the same. I will be tougher than those around me because I refuse to quit. Quitting was never an option.”

How would your parents and peers describe you?

“My parents and peers would describe me as a source of light. From the time I was young, I have sought to fill the room with happiness and laughter. I grew up around funny people and I wanted to bring the laughter they gave me to others. I have always wanted to be a person who replaced negative energy with positivity, and I found the best way to do that was to be light.”

So, you played basketball and were involved in water-skiing. How did that competitive environment develop you?

“It provided me with an intensity- an intensity to be successful and the strive to be the absolute best I could. It made me into an elite competitor and made me mentally strong enough to handle whatever curve life throws at me.”

What was your childhood dream job?

“I wanted to be a cowboy- not a cattle rancher or rodeo rider. I wanted to be the protagonist in a John Wayne movie. I wanted to be the sheriff that drove out the posse of ruffians or bandits. I wanted a six-shooter on my hip and to ride my horse on the open road. I wanted to be Rooster Cogburn.”

Did you have any idea you would end up in this field?

“Not particularly. I just always knew I would be successful. This opportunity has put me on a path to be successful in all aspects of my life.”

Tell us about your college experience.

“I went to a small school in Kansas called Kansas Wesleyan. I played basketball all four years and helped turn the program around from a two-win team to a Championship contender. I studied Criminal Justice and Philosophy.”

Where did you work before joining the AO1 team?

“I worked at a doggy daycare and trained dogs as well. I spent a lot of my time hanging out with dogs and making sure they had a good time while at camp.”

What is one life experience that you feel has shaped you?

“Moving to Oklahoma was a big change for me. It forced me to leave my comfort zone and start fresh. I would not be as open to life if I wouldn’t have had to move and start all over as a 16-year-old.”

What is something we might not know about you by just looking at you?

“I have a piece rubber holding my left eyeball together. My senior year of college, I tore my retina and I had to have surgery on my eye. Part of that surgery was installing a rubber buckle in my eye to hold it together and repair it.”

What would you consider to be your greatest skill, quality, or asset?

“My ability to make the people around me smile and be happy.”

What were your first thoughts when starting with the company? What was something unique you noticed?

“How incredibly positive and high energy everyone one was. I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of that atmosphere. It was a perfect fit from the start.”

How would you describe the culture/work environment at your company?

“Our work environment is fast paced and high energy. The personal growth I see in myself and others on a daily basis is amazing.”

What has been your best memory with the company?

“My best memory with the company has to be the regional conference. Getting to meet other people from the area that do what we do and talk to them about experiences and what has helped them succeed was an amazing opportunity.”

How has this career changed you as a person?

“I have become so much more goal oriented and willing to truly sacrifice for the life and success that I want. I’ve also become so much more adept at communicating with people not only in our office but outside of it as well.”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“In five years, I see myself running my own office with a vacation home on the lake. In the position where I can take time off and spend weeks with my family boating, fishing, and skiing!”

Do you see yourself moving around the country, or staying in this city long term?

“I definitely see myself moving. I want to see all that the country has to offer and I want to see every state in the country.”

Do you have any mentors inside/outside of work?

“I definitely have mentors. My dad is a huge mentor for me. He has been a guide and pillar my whole life. He sacrificed so much so that my family could have the life we were able to have, and I can’t wait to return the favor. Inside the office, David Priddy and Jacob Lowe are two major influences on my trajectory they have both invested so much time and energy to make me shine brighter.”

Tell us a joke.

“What did one pig say to another on a hot and sunny day?”

“Ooo weee I’m bacon!” 

When he’s not in the office, Kyle Roth can be found in the great outdoors. Whether it’s camping, hiking, or in the water- Roth will be there. Kyle- thank you for the hard work and dedication you have put into this work, and the relationships you have made here at AO1 Consulting will last a lifetime.