The Gourmet Coffee Deck Story

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/22/2015

For the past 2 years I have wanted to replace the old deck on the house we purchased shortly after we got married with a much larger one. Last weekend my friends helped me rip down the existing deck, rough out the ground and haul away the deck debris. All week long my focus was on the upcoming weekend when I actually would begin building the deck. At work, my attention was not on my work but on designing a plan for the layout of the footings my lunch hours were spent purchasing supplies and my evenings spent racking out the ground to get it as level as possible. I was as excited as a little boy at Christmas who awaited Santa.

Finally, Saturday arrived. With hammer, string and stakes in hand I walked onto the immaculately level ground of my new deck site. My moment of manhood glory had arrived. Over the next 4 hours I measured the ground, hammered in the stakes and strung line onto the stakes, standing back with the addition of each new strung line to proudly acknowledge my work. Shortly after noon I hammered the last stake into the ground and attached the string. Walking the site I enthusiastically began to examine my work when my wife, Maggie, pulled down the driveway. Exiting her car a smile came to my face as I saw she had brought me a container of my favorite flavored gourmet coffee, chocolate Irish cream. Before I could call out a word, I saw Maggie trip and fall a good 6-8 feet into my layout, yanking out the first three rows, stakes and all, and dropping the container of chocolate Irish cream gourmet coffee to the ground.

dry mix beveragesWritten by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages®

Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America's largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe - two of New York's finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.

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