I jumped on a call with Rob Coughlin from Granite Gear the other day. We talked about his transition from Luggage and bags to the Outdoor Biz and tremendous success Granite Gear has had recently.
First Exposure to the Outdoors
My career is little different from a lot of people out there. I actually didn't even go to college. I started working at a luggage company at a very early age. I started working in the repair center, so I got to know the ins and outs of putting together luggage, which is maybe, a bit more intense in some cases than outdoor packs because there's a lot more hardware involved. But I really just learned the nitty gritty of operations. So as far as bags not only hard sided but soft sided bags too. So I worked in operations most of my youth.
Things we talked about
Don't let anybody out work you, do everything that is within your power to the be the best at your job. Over prepare for every meeting, be prepared. And be patient. People come in to the industry and right away they want to be director of design. It just doesn't work that way. You've got to put in the time, you've got to show that work ethic.
Other Outdoor Activities
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
Paddling To Winter by Julie Buckles
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Favorite Piece of Gear under $100
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