Michael Coker
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Michael has spent his whole life having to prove himself. Though he was born legally blind in one eye, he credits his parents with pushing him his entire life to never let this challenge hold him back. “You do it, not because of a disability, but in spite of it,” they’d say. “Don’t let it determine what you are and who you are.” Before joining SYKES, Michael was an x-ray technician. “I traveled around doing contract work, and every time I walked into a new place, I’d have to prove myself over and over again. I’d walk in and tell them, ‘I may be legally blind, but I’ll get the job done’.” He did get it done — and today, as a customer service and floor support agent, he still is.

What do you do?

As a customer service agent, I help make sure our client’s customers are getting the best customer service, and I also help support other agents.

What’s a typical day at SYKES like?

Most of the day, I’m on the floor answering calls, assisting in training or walking around helping agents at their desk.

What accomplishment are you most proud of since joining SYKES?

Becoming floor support – I’m really proud of the faith my team leaders have in me. They knew I could do it and do it well.

What are your hobbies outside work?

Bass fishing, target shooting with rifles, PC gaming and watching Alabama football

What can’t you start your morning without?

Coffee

What’s your go-to meal when it’s your turn to cook?

A steak on the grill

What TV show are you currently binge-watching?

“Live PD”

If you were a pro baseball player, what would your walk-up song be?

“Mudshovel” by Staind

When you were little, what did you want to be?

A doctor

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’d love to grow into a management role, possibly as a team lead.

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