As a senior at Stephen F. Austin State University, I was like everyone else trying to figure out what I was going to do after I graduated. Well, that day finally came in 1988 and as I saw my friends go to work for Big 8 accounting firms, major retailers and financial powerhouses, I decided I would go to work for my Dad. My father had started a security company (Hilton and Associates, Inc.) in 1982 and was looking for someone to step in and help him run the family business. I started out handling all the service requests and quickly learned how challenging customer service can be.
When my father retired in 1996, I immediately thought that “being in charge” would be a piece of cake and it was all an easy road from that point on. I hadn’t realized how hard it was to run a business on your own and quickly developed a new respect for anyone that was a small business owner.
Twelve years later in 2008, I closed the business and went to work for LRG. I went from being my own boss to working for a very successful Independent rep. firm with a great reputation in the industry.
I was glad to stay in the industry, but quickly realized it was a totally different arena. I am now trying to get companies like I once ran to patronize the products from the manufacturers I am now representing. It is a very challenging task, to say the least! In 2010, a great pioneer of our industry passed away (my father) and it has inspired and recommitted me to be at my best everyday and to make a difference at LRG.
Thank you for your support of LRG. We all are very appreciative of your business and your trust. I cover the Houston market.