05 May 2011

A Long Time Coming

About two years ago, when we were still living out west, a local cable company installed underground cable all around the lake here in Crandon, a very costly endeavor. Yet not a single attempt was made to sign any of the residents up for services. No phone calls, no direct mail, nothing. Ryan did a little research and sent the General Manager of the company a friendly letter, expressing his surprise at the absence of a sales force, and enclosing his resume.

About a year and a half ago, after I had already moved to Crandon to start my job here, Ryan checked his email one last time before he disconnected his computer to pack it up in the moving truck he was about to drive to Wisconsin. In his inbox was a reply to his letter from the General Manager, stating he would like to meet with Ryan as soon as he got settled in.

About fourteen months ago, the three of us drove to the UP for Ryan’s interview. It was a most memorable trip. A somewhat nervous interview candidate dressed in his very best suit. A muffler dragging over the road announcing the candidate’s arrival from miles away. A frantic wife lying on her belly in the middle of County Road C trying to forcefully remove the muffler. The candidate and his wife arguing about whether or not the muffler could simply be yanked off (it couldn’t).

Unlike the drive up, the meeting itself was a success. Unfortunately all that was offered to Ryan at the time was to work as an independent contractor. After careful consideration, Ryan decided that this was not the right opportunity and he politely turned it down. It was met with understanding and without any hard feelings. From time to time the General Manager would even contact Ryan to see what he was up to.

About four weeks ago, the General Manager approached Ryan again and asked him if he would like to talk about the position of Business Development Manager. Of course he would.

He started on Monday.

12 comments:

  1. That is so great Hanneke, congrats to you and Ryan for perserverance! Glad things are finally working out the way they should.

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  2. wonderful, gefeliciteerd!

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  3. Awesome news, congrats RyRy!!! A great story told greatly!

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  4. Best wishes to Ryan in this new endeavour & congratulations to PL.....a match made in heaven.

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  5. Sweet, this is great news for all of you. I am glad to know that you guys are doing well.

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  6. That's a really really cool story! Congrats!

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  7. This is a great story and I'm happy to hear that he got the position. Good start!

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  8. Give him a big hug and kiss! Can't wait to hear about the new gig!! :)

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  9. Hi I am visiting again from SITS, this is great we are moving too... But Congrats on your hubbys new job that was very nice how the top guy kept in touch and it worked out for all of you, wish you all the best!

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