Ask the Prez entry 002
Comment: Being 'The Prez' of such a rapidly growing company, what would you consider to be the most difficult part about being in your position? And what would you consider the best part? (Hope you don't mind the 2 part question (: )
good questions dear, and happy to answer both.
As we are still a growing company in a very competitive industry, and in a tough economic time. there definitely are some difficulties attached. Breaking into the Amplification has certainly been a challenge this year, and a learning process. The expansion of our Custom Shop has been a big financial undertaking, so that in itself in todays economic times leave you to second guess sometimes. Balancing my love of guitars with the fact that this indeed is a 'business' too is a constant internal battle, and making sure that our motto of never forgetting that we were the kid on the other side of the counter wins out. Having a lot of friends working for the company has its good and bad points too, but we are a family here and that comes with the territory! Also with all of our growth, comes a lot of hours... so juggling that with spending time with my family, finding time to play, and record is also a daily challenge.
As for the 'best' things about the job. hmmm?? Well, baring my early teen dreams of playing pro football (too small, too slow) and later teen dream of being a rock star (close, but no cigar), this is the best job in the world. It drives me absolutely crazy, yet keeps me sane at the same time. In my own head I view each year as releasing my album (the catalog) with a bunch of new songs (the guitar/bass lineup of the year) and debut the 'record' at NAMM ... and then the public either likes it or doesn't. It’s pretty simple... but it works for me and keeps me striving to innovate, and try new things.....
Getting to know, and work with some artists I really respected prior to this job is pretty cool... like Robert and Simon (The Cure), Peter Murphy, Wayne Hussey (The Mission), and Cheap Trick. Seriously, I used to listen to 'Surrender' when I was a kid in New Orleans, and now we make a guitar for Robin Zander. That doesn't suck!
Getting to know guys like Jerry Horton from Papa Roach, Shawn and Dale from Seether, Pete from The Adicts, and all the guys from Avenged Sevenfold is a blast and keeps me really into what I do.
Being from New Orleans, and loving my City. Being able to work with The Saints on guitars since Katrina, and helping with their Charities; but just being able to see games from the sidelines is a childhood dream come true because of my job. Being able to help kids, vets, and pets is honestly probably the coolest. At least the most personally rewarding part of the job...
Thanks for your question,
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