In school, we were taught how to organize our belongings and create different ways to keep everything neat and clean. Despite this exhaustive teaching in our elementary schools, more of us forget about that either in our business or personal lives. If you look at my desk in the middle of the week you’d think a hurricane roared through. I’ve always believed there is a method to my madness, but there isn’t anything like the feeling of a freshly cleaned desk.
It’s time to check in again with Generation Y. So, I interviewed a wholesaler (Stephen Smith, an inside salesperson right here at Metropolitan Pipe), a contractor (Jameson Buckley, assistant project manager for mechanical contractor Thomas G. Gallagher) and a manufacturers rep (Chris Gooding of David Gooding Co.) about experiences in their particular industry.
I was posed a question recently at the WANE Executive
Leadership Conference in Baltimore
about how important it is for face-to-face meetings with vendors and
competitors in this digital age. The answers to this question ranged from once
a year for manufacturers to once a month for vendor representatives.
Retiring Ferguson CEO Frank Roach and his successor Kevin Murphy talk about the seamless leadership transition, the company’s future and views on the current marketplace. Read more stories in 2017 May Issue.