As my second week at REI concludes I have finally begun to get acclimated to my surroundings. My week began with a meeting with my category merchandising manager (CMM). The meeting laid out the project that will consume a good portion of my time throughout the summer. As he started describing the objectives and expected results I found myself starting to clam up a bit. I felt my comfort zone totally disappear. The realization quickly sat in that this was going to be one of the most challenging mental endeavors I have had to undertake. Continue reading
Walking into the office for the first time brought to the surface an array of emotions that reminded me of the feeling I had as a freshman walking into high school or college for the first time.
Not knowing what the Seattle traffic was going to be like, I left my living quarters hours before I was due to arrive at work. This only added to my uneasiness, because I arrived at work over an hour early. Continue reading
Today marks the beginning of my next great adventure. I thought it would be appropriate to start this blog by providing a bit of background on my past and how I found myself riding life’s wave to REI’s corporate headquarters in Kent, Washington.
In 2005, when I started a career as a Forward Observer in the United States Army, I had a plan. I wanted to serve my country for four years, and then utilize the G.I. Bill to continue my education and achieve a Bachelor degree. Continue reading