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Happy Monday & Start of a New Month!
***Tomorrow is Election Day*** – Exercise your rights and please plan on voting. This is not just for you, but for your children and their children. (That is, of course, is if you haven’t already voted.)
Well, it’s the beginning of a week and the beginning of a month. Two new beginnings – and there are just two months until the end of the year. I feel ready to end 2020 well, with purpose and momentum towards our goals.
We have a couple of things to celebrate here at CK. Last week I missed mentioning it here, but it was our birthday! We have been in business for 19 years. Crazy to think it has been that long, yet wasn’t it just yesterday!? Our first pre-owned equipment deal was bought and sold out of Craig’s apartment in October 2001. By December of that year we had a house with a home office. We later enclosed our garage (twice, ha, that’s a story) for office space and moved to an office park in between the two different garage enclosing projects. We had so much energy back then. Ha! Eventually we ran out of space in that first little home, and we moved into a bigger house and leased an office. That was February 2006, by fall of 2007 we were out of space again and moved into the space we have now.
Now if you’ll indulge me in another CK story time: Somewhere between the office park space and moving back into our home office/enclosed garage, we met a guy named Chris. He was a sales person at big box retailer of technology products, and he made an impression. Seeing something special in him, Craig struck up a conversation – turned out, he was in school to get his Cisco certification! We met him after work that night for dinner, and soon he was another member of the team. We worked together for about a year that first time before he left for another, more hands-on, opportunity. He moved up in that company, and eventually left for a better opportunity. Around that time Craig decided he’d really like to work with Chris again. He set himself a reminder to email him every month to ask when he was coming back. One day he gets a reply, “can we go to lunch?”
Soon Chris joined our team again, and it was better than the first time. He’d gained a ton of experience in the other companies he’d work in, and our business had grown and matured as well. Chris is the type of guy who can take on a project, learn all there is to know and get a role around it whipped into shape. He did this in several areas of the business … and then decided he wanted to work for himself. We were sad, but also we were happy for him. (We are always happy to see people go for their entrepreneur dreams!) About a year later, he reached out to say his business was doing well, but he missed working with a team. Third time is a charm?
Chris has most recently been serving as our Sales Director. He’s poured himself into it, investing time with available consultants to learn, and has (as expected) brought much needed clarity to the role. Today he begins a new adventure, and that brings us to another topic of celebration … we have a new President at CablesAndKits!
We hope you’ll join us in congratulating Chris on his new role and welcome him as the leader of what we call the CK business unit (the product, marketing and sales channel teams). Congratulations, Chris! We are thrilled to still be on this journey with you and look forward to what is to come. Here’s to new beginnings![Read more…] about CEO Daily Update — 11.2.2020