THE HAPPY CAAMPER SPOTLIGHT
Meet Lawrence Giles with Vu Line Direct!
1. How long have you worked in the promotional products industry? - Feels like forever, but it’s only been since 1997 (which is like kinda like forever, right?)
2. How did you get into your first industry job? – Needed a Summer Job while I was going to College and was hired as a CSR for Bullet in Miami, FL
3. What’s one thing — either industry/work-related or not — you learned in the past month? – I’m learning things all the time so it’s hard to nail one thing down. If I could go with a piece of advice I would say, “Arm Yourself With True Friends”
4. What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received? – Be Adaptable to Change. Another one would be, BEWARE: Competitive Advantages Don’t Last Long (that’s one I would give)
5. What is your favorite promotional product and why? – Tradeshow in a Bag, of course. Everything you need for a tradeshow, backdrop, banner stand, table cover and table top retractable and it all fits in a single, easy to carry bag. It’s a very practical piece, easy to set-up & breakdown, can be used together or individually, and was nominated for Product of the Year by PPAF
6. What was the first concert you ever attended? – I was a concert promoter in my previous life, even toured the country a couple of times so this question really resonates with me. Seen a lot of Great Shows and I have a ton of stories to tell. My first concert wasn’t my favorite concert so I’ll go with one of my favorites instead, Beastie Boys, Cameo Theater, Miami Beach, 1991.
7. If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Pizza is the go-to here, right? Very versatile and you can swap out the meats and cheese and go completely vegan, but I’ve been eating a lot of cereal lately - Ezekiel 4:9 w/ Raisins, Honey, Blueberries, Banana, and Coconut/Almond Milk is Awesome so I’ll go with that
8. What are you currently binge-watching or reading? – I’m reading the Godfather by Mario Puzo right now, but the best book I’ve read this year (besides the Bible) was East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and Crime & Punishment by Dostoevesky are on deck
9. What characteristics do you admire most in others? – I think we all tend to admire the characteristics in others that we lack in ourselves or maybe the characteristics that we wish we had more of – honestly, integrity, courage, etc… I have a Friend that can call you out on something and do it smiling & laughing and just have a good spirit about it. He makes you feel dumb, but not too bad that you tried to get over on him. I think that’s a pretty cool characteristic to have
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