Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ryan's Aspen Table

My name is Howard Finfer and I am the Web Product Manager at Discount School Supply. I always enjoyed my experience in school. My teachers always seemed to genuinely care about me. Going back to first grade, I can remember my teacher making me feel special since I was the only one to get her jokes. From that point on I strived to make a personal connection with my teachers. I feel like that always gave me an advantage going through school; to have formed a relationship with my instructor. I always loved school, and often thought of pursuing a career as a teacher (and continue to be encouraged to do so by peers)…truth be told, I just don’t think I’m brave enough to get out there in front of a class full of learners.

I'm grateful that I can work, if not with kids, for kids. It's a great sense of accomplishment for me to know that when I go to work, my job contributes to the fun and learning that kids experience - either in school or at home. I am continually reminded that we're contributing to the overall good of society - whether it's when I go to friends' houses with children or bring my daughter to a community park activity and see so many Discount School Supply products being used out in the field, literally. Being a parent of a 2 1/2 year old daughter makes me not only the Web Product Manager, but a customer also. More than once I've received my Discount School Supply order and contacted the buyer or warehouse with my comments and suggestions (and yes, occasional complaints). I'm happy to tell everyone that you don't have to work here to have your voice heard….with the addition of online product reviews and ratings, your voices can be heard, too.

Having spent the past 5 years of my life working here, first as a Personal Service Manager taking calls and entering orders, and in my current position as an online merchandiser (managing and maintaining the products, categories and promotions on our website), I am proud to contribute to this blog space. I hope to, in the coming days, reach out and share with you my unique vantage point as product manager, customer advocate, and parent.

In this photo is my daughter Ryan at her favorite place; "working" at her Aspen Table & 4 Chairs Set.
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1 comment:

  1. haring the article, and more importantly, your personal experience mindfully using our emotions as data about our inner state and knowing when it’s better to de-escalate by taking a time out are great tools. Appreciate you reading and sharing your story since I can certainly relate and I think others can to