Further Studies and More Job Responsibilities for Sam Congdon

Sam Congdon thirst for knowledge could only be quenched by further studies. After completing his one-year in Oregon, he moved to Dallas Texas to acquire his Master in Business Administration degree at Southern Methodist University. He found the business school a great experience and enjoyed classes that were entrepreneur and investment oriented. However, there were classes such as global business and organizational behavior that he thought were a waste of time.

On the positive side, Sam Congdon learnt a lot about business, finance, entrepreneurialism, and things that an entrepreneur needs such as how to write a business plan. He gained a blend of practical and academic wisdom, which he uses up to today. Another benefit that comes with the degree is having “SMU MBA” on his business cards and resume. Attending SMU is an added benefit considering that it is among the top 25 business schools in the United States. He attained outstanding learning and experience in the school and recommends it to those who want to run a business or rise to upper level management in a big company.

Getting an MBA took two years and in between, Sam Congdon went back to his old job at Student Works painting for another summer. However, this time he was managing managers in the entire State of Ohio instead of managing a city the way he did previously.

The job had its challenges because he was taking over from another general manager. He inherited employees, most of whom he could never have hired. His job was to save the ship from sinking and to put it on the right way, a task that was not easy. Despite this, he earned the respect of managers and he taught them the tricks he had learned in Michigan. The summer turned up to be a success.

Taking over a business in midstream and trying to turn it around is not an easy task. This is the challenge that he was facing. Most managers were subpar meaning that they could not perform their required tasks in the right manner. For instance, one of them threw a fit in the customer’s front yard that resulted to the customer making a call to the offices because of not knowing of what to make of the scene. Another manager did not find the need to fulfill more jobs, which meant more money, because he felt that he was not goal oriented. Some of these qualities are not supposed to be on managers, in order to ensure the success of the business. He had to weed out such characters to ensure that the summer was a success.

Acquiring another higher degree exposed Sam Congdon to more knowledge and definitely more responsibilities. In between attending the prestigious university, he went back to his old job but this time at a higher level of managing other managers. Despite being given the challenging task of saving a sinking ship, his education and experience helped him to safely sail through that summer. It was an eye opener to him that he could get more responsibilities and still succeed.

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Sam Congdon Work at Student Work Painting Company

Balancing studies and work is always a challenging task that most students struggle doing. When Sam Congdon chose to work at Student Work Painting, he had to deal with balancing his schoolwork and his management job. This is because, though the actual work of painting was to be done during summer, there are some duties that he had to do before then such as marketing and hiring his team members. He had to make sure that everything was in order for the summer painting. He also had the task of proving to his fellow students that he could do it.

From the first day that the job starts in summer, the manager has to make sure that the painting crews are trained and they know how to finish jobs on time. This means that a manager spends time during the day travelling from one crew to another ensuring they are on the task, within budget and they have adequate painting supplies. At night, the manager has the tasks of preparing estimates for the homeowners in need of paint jobs and calling back customers with pending contracts. The job is therefore demanding and it has to start early and end late.

The first summer was grueling for Sam Congdon because on top of doing all that, he also had to commute to Battle Creek from Hillsdale, a journey that took an hour one way. It was an exhausting summer such that at times he felt like giving up. Some days went well while others were bad. However, on all that, he learnt valuable lessons that he uses to this day. He learnt how to run a business, how to sell and how to interact with homeowners. He learnt how to be responsible and to manage people. To top it up, he made more money than his fellow students in the college did. The experience he got was so valuable to him such that if given a chance, he would not change it. It taught him how to run a business and how to work for himself and become a full time entrepreneur.

Most of the jobs that the Student Work Painting Company had were for painting residential homes. However, Sam Congdon landed painting for commercial facilities such as a hotel and a factory. At one instance, they painted an auto parts store with stripes. The experience was a huge bonus and of great help. Interacting with homeowners and other business managers provided him with invaluable experience and good lessons that he uses even today.

Sam Congdon took part in managing in the Student Work Painting Company for two more years in the Battle Creek city. Those years were much easier due to the experience that he had attained and because he lived in the same city that he was working. This meant that there was no need for commuting for two hours daily, a fact that left him with some free time for enjoyment. During his free time, he took part in jogging and rollerblading as well as taking time to go home to Washington State for vacation.

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Early life of Sam Congdon

Every person has his or her growing up experiences, and it is no different with Sam Congdon. His childhood experiences have taken a big role in shaping who he is today. His birthplace is in Escondido California and he was born in 1973.

At four years old, his mother got married to a man who owned 30 acres of cherry orchards in Washington State. This is where he learned how to work, and gained experience that has remained invaluable in his whole life. When growing up, he worked in the orchards by taking part in irrigating, driving tractors, mowing grass and helping to harvest 100 tons of cherries every year. This taught him how to be diligent, how to see a task through to being finished and in putting in long hard hours. This has contributed to making his professional life much easier. Sam Congdon is glad that he grew up in such an environment that helped him to learn how to work.

Another area that he had interest is in playing drums. He started playing at a young age and played in elementary school, middle school, high school and in college. He has very fond memories of the trips that their matching band took to various places and of performances in parades around the Pacific Northwest. In college, his band played in Disneyland California, something that was fun and of great memory. He also played drums at the football and basketball games.

He graduated from high school in 1991 and enrolled at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale Michigan. This small unique college does not comply with affirmative action of racial quotas, a fact that has placed it at loggerheads with the federal government to the extent of not getting funding. On admission, the college looks at the qualifications of the student without considering the race. Due to this, the college is well known amongst the libertarians and conservatives in America.

Every student that attends the college has to take a course on the United States Constitution. It also provides a free online course on the United States constitution. You may also find a class that is being taught by a Supreme Court justice. When Sam Congdon was in the college, prominent personalities such as Margaret Thatcher, Clarence Thomas and Dan Quayle spoke at various events. This was a great experience considering that only few colleges would manage to have such kind of speakers.

This shows that Sam Congdon attended a good college that did not have racial discrimination but focused on ensuring that the students got the best education. Failure of the college to participate in the affirmative action programs saw the college being sued by the department of education on the basis that for it to accept federal funds, it would have to comply with the racial quotas affirmative action. Hillsdale lost in the case, which led to the college relying on private funds instead of the government funding.

The experiences of his early life in the farm and in college shaped him for what he is today. Playing of drums exposed him to different people and places and so did attending Hillsdale College.

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