After the owner's son failed, he went on this secret search for a successor, if you will, and in October of that year, I along with everyone else from upper management, was introduced to the NEW EVP of the company! He was going to change the business, grow it and take it to new levels. I was pretty upset at this new development but, hey, it wasn't my company and ultimately he had to do what he thought was right. Right off the bat, there was tension. He was barking about incremental profits, and economies of scale, and we had just come from the 18th century! So, this went on for about five months, when I get a call from the owner. He tells me from now on, he wants me to go on all of this guy's sales calls and he wants me to monitor what he is telling people. Tough spot to be in, until one day, he is walking through the front door, having done nothing to improve the company. He spots me at the door, because of course I have been there two hours earlier than him, and instructs me to take his briefcase back to his office for him, he is late for a meeting! What? Then for me, that was pretty much it. I liked him enough but his complete disregard, like I was his bellboy really pissed me off, and you know what you shouldn't really piss me off. I went on a few subsequent sales calls with him, he couldn't sell, all he did was try to structure mutually beneficial deals. But they weren't even that, because he was offering clients upfront money, when he didn't even know the volume or cost structures. He was telling people he would match the blend for less money and he didn't even know what the blends he was matching were.
Anyway, the day I drove him home, almost to the day he would have been there a year, he kept asking me, what did I do wrong. I thought I was doing a good job? I pretty much took the high road, took the keys to his Acura and drove it back to the company. I walked in the door, handed the keys over to the owner. He smiled and looked at me and said,"well kid, I guess it is just me and you now". I went home praying he meant it. That's all for today guys, Keep the faith, love the one you're with and take a deep breathe, because it is only life! Joe