Friday, April 25, 2014

Thoughts on a Career

Wesco Fabrics, life, career
After a good Wesco Fabrics’ customer and friend passed away this week I spent some time thinking about life and career.  What am I doing and where am I going?  Career has always been an important focus, but today I savor life more fully with gratitude and being more in the moment.  I really needed to evolve in this department. It is easy to have your identity overly wrapped up in your job. Upon much reflection I admit I really love what I am doing, and I look back at my Wesco Fabrics life fondly.

Wesco customers, fabric, Denver Design District
Wesco Fabrics, customers, fabric, Denver Design District
One of my very favorite things is to connect with our customers, whether in a large group or on a more personal level. It’s just really fun!

design, fabric, Primo, North Dakota
A great thrill is seeing new fabrics used by customers on their design projects. Our new exclusive fabric, Primo, color Blue Moon, just hit the market in our “Top Shelf” collection, and it is being used by a designer in North Dakota.  

Wesco products, custom hardware, Urban Decors
I love sourcing new and exciting products. Our latest custom hardware line is from Urban Decors and features really cool transitional and contemporary designs.  

exotic furniture, teak tables, Bali, dining table
Marla Gentry, Bali, dining table, exotic furniture
You may think we are spread a little too thin with all our products such as decorative fabrics, an artisan custom workroom, custom hardware, and Hunter Douglas and Kirsch distribution…but sourcing exotic furniture and accessories is where we really have fun! I am selecting teak tables from a workshop in Bali to sell in our showroom and warehouse. I ended up buying them all! Marla is working with a new supplier for slab dining tables.

Denver Design District, Wesco warehouse, furniture, accessories
Denver Design District, furniture
There is nothing better than seeing customers loving our products both in the warehouse or our Denver Design District showroom!

Dick Gentry, Marla Gentry, Wesco Fabrics
Marla and I both consider our employees our most important asset! Products are great….but you are toast without great people!

Ray Decker, Denver sales person, Colorado
We are very happy to have our son-in-law, Ray Decker, in the business. He is a sales star in a Colorado territory and he is learning the buying process as well! 

Joline Weiss, Harry Weiss, 1946, Wesco Fabrics
Many things change…and many remain the same.  We love continuing the legacy of Marla’s parents, Joline and Harry Weiss, who started our business in 1946.  It is a great adventure!

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