My name is Mike, I worked for 6 & 1/2 years in the furniture industry with a promotional furniture & mattress company based out of South Carolina. I gained experience and wisdom from that phase of my life, but I’ve moved on. In my time there I began at the bottom and finished at the top. When I was first hired I did grunt work for a husband and wife who sold mattresses from the back of an office as their side hustle. By the time I left, the company was pulling in an estimated $25,000,000 in revenue.
I started sweeping floors (literally) and as the company grew and I proved my worth was more than just manual and I eventually became the VP of Operations. My final days saw me hold the position of GM for 3 stores in the pilot city managing 3 store managers, 10 +/- sales people, and 2 delivery/warehouse people. Over the years I accumulated a laundry list of experiences, some once, some routinely.
- Direct Sales
- Customer Management
- In-home Deliveries
- Vendor Negotiations
- Training Classes – ‘Furniture University‘ something I was very proud of
- Strategic Planning
- Recruiting & Hiring – Yes, they are different
- Human Resources
The list goes on, and I am very thankful that I was able to have all of those experiences. My personal trajectory would not be the same had I not gone through all of those phases to become who I am today.
This blog is about my personal journey, mostly from the business side of my life, as I seek to learn each day. A wise man once told me that, “teaching is the final step in learning. If you can repeat what you know and teach someone else, that’s full knowledge of a subject.”
I’m on an entrepreneurial journey that includes starting businesses, freelancing, making mistakes, and taking risks.
In 2015 I published my first book (Believe EG21: Play Like There Is No Tomorrow) and in 2016 I’ll be publishing my second. I coach football, I volunteer with the local Alzheimer’s Association (my dad was diagnosed a few year ago), and I try to learn something new every day.
To find out what I’m working on at this moment, check out my /now page.
Thanks for reading, please feel free to contact me anytime through the social buttons at right. All the best,