2018-03-01 / Start Here

Taking Care of Business

Amanda McClellan is a powerhouse of problem solving
Dana Ray

Amanda McClellan’s job is making your job easier. For the last four years, she’s worked at Doing Better Business Inc., where she works with clients to solve office challenges by using more efficient print output technology. “I never know what cool person I might meet that day or what current client I might get to have a great conversation with or what challenge I’ll face,” she says. “I love the unknown factor, that no two days are the same.”

The team at Doing Better Business is always expanding their knowledge as the multi-function print output technology solutions continue to evolve to meet the demands of today’s business. There is always more to learn about the technology, and that’s the thing that keeps McClellan interested. Her career in sales gives her the pleasure of contributing to a larger team effort while being in charge of her own territory, a model she saw firsthand growing up.

McClellan grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. Her family owned a landscape contracting business in Sinking Valley in Blair County, and from a young age she participated in the family business. It taught her a work ethic she’s never forgotten, one she practiced in high school and in college. “I worked every summer for my parents’ business,” McClellan remembers. “I worked harder than many of my friends and longer hours — and I also made more.”

She attributes this childhood as the roots for her work ethic and attitude of success. “I decide what I want to achieve and I work backwards from there to develop my plan.” In each of her years with DBB, McClellan has earned a spot on the President’s Club trip, an all-expenses-paid vacation for top performers in the company.

McClellan began her career as a teacher, but realized after several years that teaching just wasn’t for her. She then started her own business in the health and fitness industry. She loved running her own business, and that was her focus until she had her daughters. “Having kids made me re-evaluate what it meant to have a work-life balance.” When the State College sales opportunity with DBB presented itself she “was drawn to the idea of working around a vibrant college town like State College.”

McClellan has been delighted by the commitment to young professionals that she’s seen in State College. “It enriches both the social and professional components of our lives here.” Personally, she’s invested her time in the Downtown State College Rotary Club, the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County and CBICC Connect (a CBICC branch for young professionals). She is also a 2017 graduate of Leadership Centre County.

Last December, she won the “Young Professional of the Year” award at the CBICC’s Excellence in Business Awards. “There were some incredible people nominated this year,” she notes. “I felt honored to be nominated with them much less win the award.” It was a special moment for her, one that affirmed the work she’s done in the past few years both professionally and personally.

In particular, she felt the significance of winning the award as the parent of a child with a life-threatening condition. “My life is a little different from many young professionals,” McClellan says.

She and her husband have two daughters, ages 4 and 6, the younger of whom has a condition so rare there are only 1,200 documented cases worldwide. Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome is a disorder that most commonly affects a person’s ability to breathe while asleep. “She has used a trach to breathe from very early on and now has diaphragmatic pacers.” McClellan looks forward to traveling with her family to attend their first CCHS Conference this June. On a daily basis, McClellan juggles in-home nursing schedules, medical supply deliveries and doctors’ appointments in addition to work and family schedules.

It’s a part of McClellan’s life that she feels is an important part of her story as a successful professional in our region. “In reality, everyone is dealing with hard things in some way, and if we can support one another, our community will be that much stronger,” she says. “I hope that by sharing my experience of juggling family, career and community involvement, I can inspire others to get involved and go after what they want.” •SCM

Dana Ray is a ‘why finder,’ wordsmith and idea wrangler. She is a consultant helping individuals and business owners find and apply their ‘why.’

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