He was 4 years old when I first asked him to help open the boxes and sort out the kids room products inside. He was a terrific help. He was 6 years old when he would roller blade up and down the storefront with his friends. He was eight years old when he first gave his honest assessment of a product in his mom’s store. The customer asked me, “Is this a good clock for kids?” This eight-year-old said, “no, the ringer is not very loud.” He was ten years old when he started to wash the windows, and dust. He was a young teen wondering around in a deliver truck. Meeting customer’s in their homes.
At the age of 16 he traveled all over the U.S. as my personal assistant. Helping carry the products for clients, slug bags through hotels. Work along the “Vogue Bambini” team for a big kid’s runway show. He learned the value of hard work standing in the booth for hours at major events getting to know the clients. He attended formal dinners with the VIP’s of companies.
He stood in the showroom and assisted customer’s and then went away to college. He graduated from college with a Business Management Major. He has worked for three years learning what business is like on his own. Then that little boy who worked in a family business grew up to be this amazing young man. The kind of young man that a business would hire. Want to invest in and guess what. That young man accepted the invitation to join his mother. No longer as her son, but as her colleague.
From toddler to teen and a young man working at Hung Out To Buy in both the web-store and our retail location in NW Portland. That little boy is no longer roller blading along the storefront. He rides his bike into work and puts new perspective into a growing business. Adding value to each major decision and it’s with great honor I introduce Elliot Otteson, my oldest son, as the new Director of Sales and Marketing for Hung Out To Buy.
Please get to know Elliot by following him on twitter: @elliotis