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My New Job Begins

I am very excited to start my new job as the Dealer Development Consultant for the Far West Equipment Dealer Association (FWEDA). I am looking forward for this new opportunity. I officially start on the first of August, but I have agreed to fly into Sacramento on Monday and go around and meet with some dealers this week.

They sent me a list of all the dealers in California which included current members of the association as well as dealers that are prospects to become members. I decided to start with the dealers around the Sacramento area and put together groups of dealers geographically. This turned out to be a bigger task than I thought it would be. Let’s just say that Google maps and myself are good friends now.

I am looking forward to getting back into the daily operations of a dealership and finding ways to help them. I am excited to work with dealership department managers and help them identify opportunities for growth and improvement. I understand this will require a lot of time and commitment to make this job successful, but I am looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to build some great relationships.

For the most part, I will be traveling in areas that are more rural than the bigger cities. I am concerned about California rush hour traffic, so I will try to avoid the bigger cities at certain times of the day. That is one thing about the job that causes me a little concern, but I am confident it won’t be that big of an issue.

I want to thank Joani and the board of FWEDA for this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping their dealerships and the association grow and be successful. Thanks for reading.

Next week: Details from the trip

P.S. My system for dealing with California traffic is easy. I will simply remind myself, “It’s not Utah, It’s not Utah, It’s not Utah.”

My New Job Begins

Posted by on July 17, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

My New Job Begins I am very excited to start my new job as the Dealer Development Consultant for the Far West Equipment Dealer Association (FWEDA). I am looking forward for this new opportunity. I officially start on the first of August, but I have agreed to fly into Sacramento on Monday and go around and meet with some dealers this week. They sent me a list of all the dealers in California which included current members of the association as well as dealers that are prospects to become members. I decided to start with the dealers around the...

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The Answer Was Yes

Posted by on July 10, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

The Answer Was Yes I hope all of you had a great Fourth of July and was able to make some great memories with your families. I was so glad we were able to have a parade and a fireworks show. I know there were a lot of people that felt the same way I did. What’s that you’re asking? What does any of that have to do with the title of the story? If the answer was yes, what was the question? Okay, I will get to that, but first I need to provide a little background to the question. Kristi’s birthday was on Monday July 5th, so we didn’t just have a...

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The First Chukars Game

Posted by on July 4, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

The First Chukars Game I was so happy when I found out the Idaho Falls Chukars were going to be able to go back to having games at Melaleuca Field this year. It is another sign that we are moving past the Covid Apocalypse. Oops! I hope I didn’t just jinx everything! Cody called me around the middle of May and told me I could choose 4 different games to have to set up a booth. I looked at the schedule and tried to spread them games out through the season. I decided to have one game in June, one in July, and two in August. The first game I...

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The Greatest Reward

Posted by on June 26, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

The Greatest Reward For this week’s story, I want to post an email I received from a very amazing and inspiring lady. She was one of the recipients of funds raised at the Crusade Against Cancer. She was chosen by the remarkable students at Hillcrest High School. “I tried to write this message on the site, but it would not send.  I hope this message is being received by someone involved with the foundation. My name is Terry Belnap, and I was a recipient of money and support by this foundation.  I want to say thank you.   Please know the...

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Exciting News

Posted by on June 19, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Exciting News I do have some exciting news I would like to share with you this week. For some of you that are not aware of this, along with the Shannon Wilker Foundation, I also started another company called “The Training ASPECT.” Before we get to the news, I will give you a little background about the company. In 2014, I had reached a point in my career at John Deere that I decided it was time to do something different. I contacted my boss Matt Cronin and told him I wanted to start my own company. I agreed to stay on for a year so it would...

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The Superhero Army Part 2

Posted by on June 12, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

The Superhero Army Part 2 Now that I have a little more time, I would like to give you some more details on the Crusade Against Cancer fundraiser. To begin, I want to thank all the amazing volunteers that helped make this years race run so smooth. I would thank them all by name, but there are far too many for that. Also, I know I would forget someone, and I need them all to come back next year. Next I want to thank Doug and Cheyenne Swanson and Cody and Salem Thomas. When I first started the Foundation, Doug was one of the first guys I talked...

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The Superhero Army

Posted by on June 5, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

The Superhero Army This is going to be one of my shorter stories as I had to wait until the Crusade Against Cancer was over today. I am proud to say the event this year turned out great. I wasn’t sure exactly how many participants we were going to have after the Covid Apocalypse stopped us from having it last year. I am happy to say we had almost double what I was expecting. First, I need to thank all the sponsors that donated sponsorship money, or raffle prizes. Events like this are not possible without your help, and I deeply appreciate all...

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Happy Memorial Day 2021

Posted by on May 29, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Memorial Day 2021 I want to start this week’s story by giving my total and complete respect and gratitude to all of the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces. I am so grateful for all their contributions and sacrifice. I am also humbled for the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. My thoughts and prayers are with your families and loved ones. We are living in a time where there are some strong divisions in our country. We have always had different viewpoints from various...

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On the Road Again

Posted by on May 22, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

On the Road Again This week’s story is about a road trip Kristi and I took this week. Kristi’s sister Pam lives in St. George and it was her birthday on Thursday. Kristi hadn’t seen her for a while, so she wanted to go down and spend some time with her. She asked if I would be willing to go down and help drive part of the way. I told her I would love to help drive and it would be nice to see Pam. However, I did tell her that since it wasn’t a vehicle owned by Black Knight Limo, I should not be held to World’s Best Limo Driver standards. For...

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California Here I Come

Posted by on May 15, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

California Here I Come    This week’s story is about an adventure that started Friday morning after basketball. There was a couple from California that had car troubles and needed to get to back to California. They were traveling with a couple of dogs and were exploring their options. This sounds like a job for the World’s Best Limo Driver! I picked them up at their hotel in Pocatello and then we went to get the rest of their items from their vehicle. The first thing I noticed about this couple was how great they were with the two dogs. I...

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