Posted by Southwest Beverages on 4/30/2016
“Dad, do you think you could buy me a new bike?” I asked my
Dad who was in the garage sharpening his axe.
“Why do you need a new bike?” He replied without looking up
from grinding the axe blade.
“Because I’ve out grown it since I got it for my seventh
birthday. I’m almost ten.”
I guess I must have gotten my Dad’s attention because he immediately
stopped grinding his axe, looked up at me, took off his safety glasses and
said, “You know, Teddy, it’s about time that you got a job to pay for things
like a new bike.”
“But Dad what can I do? I’m only ten.”
“I remember when I was your age and had a paperboy job. I
remember getting up early every day and delivering newspapers to houses in the
neighborhood. I would put the papers in my Mom’s shopping cart and deliver
“But Dad, no one reads the paper anymore.”
“I know, son, that’s one of the problems with people today.
They don’t read the paper,” he sarcastically replied.
“Well what can I do to earn money?”
“You’ll think of something.”
Every weekend my parents took me, my eight-year old brother,
Joey and my six-year-old sister, Charlotte, camping at Armitage Park
Campground, a camping site located about five miles north of Eugene, Oregon on
the banks of the McKenzie River. It was here that I discovered my first job. I
awoke early on Saturday morning and took twenty of the twenty-five single serve coffee
packets from the Kemosabe flavored coffee collection box my Mom had in the
grocery bag in the car. I went around to each camping site and sold each single
serve coffee packet for $1.50. All the campers loved it. Specifically, they
loved the flavors that I had to offer-mocha, chocolate cinnamon, chocolate hazelnut,
chocolate irish cream and French vanilla. To make a long story short, needless
to say, my Mom was not pleased with me taking her Kemosabe single serve coffee
packets, but my Dad was pleased that I had created a job for myself. Every
weekend that spring I sold Kemosabe single serve coffee packets at the Armitage
Park Campground and made more than enough money to buy a new bike before school
was out for the summer.
Written by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of
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
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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