called to surf.

13 10 2010

I am now officially hooked on KSL deals.

What is KSL Deals?

Every day I get an email with an offer from some company in the area. Sometimes the deals are ok, sometimes they are for companies or items I don’t really care about – BUTsometimes they are ridiculously amazing deals.

Last week I spent $25 to get $50 worth of vouchers for Pier 49 Pizza.
I love Pier 49 pizza!

I basically picked up a free $25.

There are always a couple deals each week that catch my attention.

I’ve talked about budgeting before – but I really do enjoy getting good deals on my purchases.

“And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour’s hand, ye shall not oppress one another…” (Leviticus 25:14)
Hhmm… Paying full price is practically oppression, right?

Speaking of good deals….

Called to Surf (the surf shop at the Riverwoods) is in an interesting predicament.
They are a surf/skate retail clothing store attempting to break into a very competitive market. There are about 4-5 other stores I can think of that offer the exact same stuff (but at a better price)

How do you get your foot in the door in such a competitive market?
You need to do exactly what the big guys are doing – only better.

The moment you walk into a store like PacSun you will see at least half a dozen signs telling you about various sales and deals the store is running.
The moment you walk into Called to Surf you see a cool VW bus. (no signs – no deals)

So obviously I think that needs to change. (like immediately)

But here is my “going the extra mile” step Called to Surf should look into…
Have you heard of Whiskey Militia?
Every day they have several items that show up on their web site that are ridiculously marked down – usually around 50%-60% off. The catch is that there are limited supplies. First come, first serve.

Called to Surf can employ the same idea. It’s not online so people could have the exact item they want without dealing with shipping. Every day the store would select an item – announce it on Facebook – and if it’s a popular item they are bound to get a good turn-out.

I ran the idea by Jeremy today and he loved it!
He even suggested I look into seeing how our store could run a similar program… (already laying out the plan in my mind)

Hopefully it gets to put into practice – I really think Called to Surf could grab a larger market share with a program like this.

? Would you be more inclined to go to a store if you knew they were running a deal on a specific item at a very discounted rate?

what’s in a name.

3 07 2010

Do you remember middle school and high school?

Do you remember the most important part of your wardrobe?
Yeah. The names on the clothes.

Many teens are willing to sacrifice quantity and quality for name recognition.

Do you remember the names that were popular when you were in school?
I do.

I must confess I even fell victim to the desire to wear clothing that had specific names.

Middle School

Tommy Hilfiger

Yeah they are polar opposites in style – but somehow we made it work. (or at least we thought we did)

I’m way past longing for name brands. If I like the look and it doesn’t burn a hole in my wallet then I’ll get it – if not, then I’ll pass.

Actually I probably focus more on the wallet part now than anything else.

Leah got a little frustrated with me tonight as we were suit shopping. I was more keen on staying within a certain budget and her main focus was making sure I looked great.

You can do both.
We did.

I found a nice suit that was a on SALE! (Thank you American colonials for winning the war and providing me a holiday in the summer to warrant a terrific sale)

“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Revelation 19:8)

Fine linen?
I’m pretty sure there is no logo embroidered into it.

And yet – it is symbolic of the righteousness of the saints!

? What do you look for in making a clothes buying decision?

blickenstaffs & security one.

13 05 2010

Yup – that’s right – last week I was unemployed.

This week?
Employed x 2

I do phone sales with my old boss Frankie at SecurityOne.


I am the new Assistant Manager @ Blickenstaffs.

What is Blickenstaffs?

Excellent question.

It is the latest and greatest toy/game/candy store to hit the Valley (Utah Valley, of course)

The position came thanks to my cousin Ty Roney (thanks man) – and yes I’m fairly confident this is a real position, unlike our good friend, Dwight, from the Office. (Assistant TO the Regional Manager)

The plan is to work full-time at Blickenstaffs and then I’ll do part-time at Security One. So, I guess now I’m technically going to be working time and a half.


Grateful is the first word that comes to mind right now. VERY grateful.

“I am very thankful before God this day…” (Mosiah 7:12)

? Name one thing you are grateful for this day?

art of the close.

21 04 2010


Always Be Closing.

The motto every sales rep lives and dies by.

You live by closing — you die by not closing.

If you cannot close sales consistently you will never make the real money.

I’ve done door-to-door as well as phone sales. 2 summers of selling security systems and 1 summer of Dish Network.

Closing was never my strong suit. Definitely not great news for my bank account. I was never at the bottom or the top — always just floated around somewhere in the middle.

That needs to change… quickly.

Kory talked with Frankie (my old security sales boss) and they are gonna let me come in and do phone security sales over the summer. I’m grateful for the opportunity. But with a purely commission based job the pressure is on to close, close, close.

With all of the wedding talk the pressure escalates. Leah and I were talking this morning about the wedding and getting started and she looked at me and said, “looks like you better learn how to close.”

At first I thought she meant that I need to do a better job on her parents to get them to feel comfortable with us getting married this summer. (no pressure there, right?) Turns out she was actually talking financially. (and the pressure continued to rise)

Looks like I better become a closing machine — NOW!

I started thinking about what it means to close and remembered the mission. Anyone who has served a mission knows that you are basically a well-trained, nicely dressed, spiritually guided, SALESMAN.

You are always asking people to make different commitments. One of the most important commitments someone makes is to read and pray about the Book of Mormon so that they can gain a testimony for themselves.

“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moroni 10:4)

One of my buddies, Anthony Ambriz, had a great idea for this blog. He suggested I start including a question of some kind in each post. Love the idea, so keep an eye out and if you feel so inclined post up a comment!

? What was the last thing you closed on ?

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