Columbia, MO -(AmmoLand.com)- MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of “My Office” a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.
“Some of my fondest memories are the hunting and fishing stories Dad and my uncles shared with us kids back then – generally around the wood stove, and other times in the field,” said Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. “Unfortunately, it was pure and simple storytelling, so all I have are the memories. Now, as a father and grandfather and having hunted and fished all my life, I am taking the time to write down some of my own stories – for the enjoyment of my children, grandchildren, friends and Customers. These are all real stories that I participated in, nothing is made up; and I write them purely for your enjoyment.”
by Larry Potterfield
Being “boss” of a family-owned company, a man can have just about anything in his office that his wife is supportive of. Having had this job of “boss” for nearly 40 years, there are lots of things that have found their way into my office that represent memories too important to throw out. Thus it is, that every corner has something it in; but each item is intended to create a comfortable, sentimental working environment. My strategy is to feel good when I walk in and not be embarrassed when receiving guests or giving a tour.
Now, it’s not like I spend a lot of time there; the majority of my work is done outside the office, especially on the work floors, in other people’s offices and in conference rooms. Typically my office is used for email, phone calls, written communication and meetings. Once or twice a year, I might even take a nap on the couch.
In my mind, you can tell a lot about a person by looking around their office and asking yourself a few questions — not necessarily expecting answers: “What’s the story behind the saddle; why would anyone keep an old mailbox in his office; why so many guns; what in the world is that; I wonder if he’s read all those books?” Certainly there are a lot of boring offices, but hopefully mine is not one of them.
When giving a tour of the buildings on our campus, I always apologize for the guns and dead animals (taxidermy) – just for humor, of course. My office is probably the best (or worst) example, with a bit more density of guns and animals than anywhere else – each with a story behind them.
The desk is only medium in size and always seems to be cluttered with projects – sometimes really cluttered. At my level in the organization and stage of life, there are often a couple of dozen projects open at any given time. Some are about finished, while others have been going on for a long time. A few are seemingly forgotten, having had no attention for a while.
Of course the shelves and window sills are full of family pictures and other memorabilia – things that mean something to me, but likely no one else – nothing labeled, of course. All an all, I hope it’s as interesting to my guests and visitors as it is to me.
To read the rest of Larry’s Short Stories, please visit http://www.midwayusa.com/larrys-stories.
Both country kids from Missouri, Larry and Brenda Potterfield turned their passion for shooting sports into a career by opening a small gun shop in 1977 that would eventually become MidwayUSA (http://www.midwayusa.com). They instilled family values like honesty, integrity and respect for others into the business, and strive to maintain this culture with each Employee added to their growing team. For over 38 years, MidwayUSA has maintained an unyielding focus on Customer Satisfaction and continues to offer JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING for Shooting, Hunting and the Outdoors.
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