One Voice: Financial Planning, Resolutions & the Real Meaning of Young Turks
I hope you are looking forward to 2011 as much as I am. I was speaking with an electronic systems contractor recently and he said things were finally starting to shake loose, and while he had acted quickly and changed his business model, he could see good times ahead.
That's why this issue is tailored to starting the New Year off right with some sound financial planning with Leslie Shiner, page 12, some New Year's resolutions you really need to keep from Aaron Gutin (page 14) and getting a shot of inspiration from this year's selection of all-star talent: The 2011 Young Turks of CE.
While there was a slew of excellent submissions, one in particular stood out. An encapsulation of a dad's pride follows. "My name is Richard F. Scholl, Jr., and after selling my security company in 1992, I started Worthington Distribution. Today our corporate offices are in Tafton, Pa., with a branch location in Las Vegas, Nev., and sales people working out of N.C. and Fla. My son, Richie, was only 10 years old when my wife and I started Worthington Distribution, and Richie would always come by the office after school. He started volunteering at the office/warehouse when he was around 12 years old, and at 14 years old he attended his first ISC in New York…A friend of mine from Interlogix snuck him in the back door. When Richie was 15 he said, "I don't want to go to Disney. I want to go to the trade show," and so he did and has ever since. During high school and college Richie worked afternoons, weekends and summers, starting in the warehouse and advancing to customer service and technical support. After college, Richie joined us full time and is responsible for all IP/IT, manages a technical support team of eight, heads up our catalog team and is responsible for all marketing. Richie is beginning his second term as a board member with CEA TechHome.
"As the story continues, Richie's girlfriend helped us with inventory one year when she was 17, and Emily impressed us so much we immediately offered her employment. She worked for us after school, weekends and summers. Emily worked in the warehouse in the shipping and receiving departments, A/P, purchasing, catalog efforts and trade shows. During college she did her internship with us, assisting a VAR as we switched from one ERP software package to another.
"Today our son Richie is Vice President of Worthington Distribution and his wife Emily is Director of Operations. They reside a short distance from the office and have a 2 1/2-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter. Richie has been with Worthington for 15+ years and Emily for 13 years."
If this story doesn't inspire you to go forth and conquer 2011, nothing will!