Gema’s last name is far from what she feels about working as an agent for SMDC.
Despite her last name, Gema Hate has nothing but love for SMDC. She’s a firecracker, quick to laugh while spouting off her answers in the speed of light. With her disposition, as well as her track record in selling (she’s able to reach her sales quotas month after month, she said), you can tell she’s happy about what she’s doing. Her enthusiasm, she explained, stems from her love of her work.
With this being her first job, you’d think she’d be one of those who jump from company to company, but that’s not the case with Gemma. “Masayang-masaya ako sa trabaho ko. Ayokong umupo. Ilang araw mo lang naman siyang pagpapaguran. Papagurin ko na lang yung sarili ko from opening to closing,” she said.
She’s almost into her second year as an agent for SMDC, starting out as a seller for Quezon City's Mezza Residences and now currently pushing Breeze Residences, the brand’s project along Roxas Boulevard.
As someone who’s very family-oriented, it’s easy to tell what her reason is for getting up early in the morning to close sales. “Panganay ako. Nagpapaaral kasi ako ng mga kapatid ko. Seven kaming magkakapatid. Kahit hindi ako nakatapos, pangarap kong makatapos yung mga kapatid ko kaya gagawin ko lahat para makapag-aral sila,” she shared.
When asked about her secret in succeeding as an agent, she believes there really is nothing like good old hard work. “Sipag, tiyaga lang. Alas tres pa lang ng madaling araw, umaalis na ako ng bahay kasi 'pag 6, bukas na yung showroom sa Mezza. Agawan yun. Sabi nila mahirap daw ibenta yung Mezza, pero marami akong na-c-close. Tiyaga-tiyaga lang, 'wag susuko.”
She also credits SMDC’s management as factors in encouraging her to do her best. “Napakaswerte ko sa manager ko. Hindi siya marunong magalit at may tiwala siya sa akin,” Gemma enthused.
"Nakakapagpa-motivate din sa akin yung tamang ginagawa ng mga director, mga manager. 'Pag may mga closing, gini-GM sa lahat ng tao. Ma-fi-feel mo, 'uy, dapat andun yung pangalan ko’, kasi gusto ko lagi akong sikat," she added. "Dun pa lang, pag binabati ka, lumalakas ka lalo. Nadadagdagan yung energy mo."
She’s so content with her current situation, in fact, that she doesn’t hesitate when asked if she plans on working for SMDC for a while.
“Ayoko nang lumipat ng ibang company kahit first job ko ito. Dito na talaga ako. Goal ko na yung habambuhay na ako kay SMDC kasi masaya ako hindi lang sa ginagawa ko kundi sa team, sa office, sa manager. Wala ka nang mahahanap na katulad nila," she stated.