Skip to main content

The Benefits of a Company That Values Partnership.

Lee Quessenberry | April 30, 2018

hang gliding soaring

The Benefits of a Company That Values Partnership.

In September 2013 I moved home to Jonesboro, AR to work for one of Jonesboro’s oldest and longest continually operating companies, E.C. Barton & Co. It’s been 4 and a half years since then and I still love my job. I want to share a few things with you about what it means to love a job and how you can find that passion too as an employee and an employer.

Getting My Legs Under Me

When I started here I was fresh in the workforce having run my own Drupal web agency prior for 5 years. Working for myself was great, but it also took a toll on me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I was ready for something different and something that provided purpose and direction. That opportunity came knocking with a courteous and friendly message on LinkedIn followed up with a few phone interviews back and forth with Allen Devereux, E.C. Barton & Co.’s Human Resources Director.

Admittedly I was a bit green for the industry in terms of years worked in a corporate environment and I had been the captain of my own ship for so long that I was a little out of touch with corporate America. Thankfully Allen is an articulate and passionate subject of his industry and could see the potential amongst the rough edges. I interviewed via Skype with my current supervisor, Tom Dowd, and a few other people. I had a sunburn, a tank-top, and luscious red curly locks down to my shoulders because at the time I was the web director for KittyHawkKites.com (FLY! FLY! FLY!) and spent most of my free-time and professional time on the beach and on the sand dunes of the Outer Banks of North Carolina capturing photos and video for an adventure and retail website. They took a chance on me and I took a giant leap homeward bound.

Setting Precedence for Successful Partnerships

In early 2014 after a lot of research into the home remodeling and home improvement business, I began to see that we were underserved when it came to digital marketing so I began to put together a plan along with my teammates and some of my partners I had worked with previously. We started a campaign that is continually growing today. This was largely in part to the partnerships and connections I had made along the way, but more importantly because my supervisors and decision makers took the initiative to allow us to learn about our trade and master our crafts. This initiative was forged and bonded through trust that we would work on these projects not only for ourselves, but for the reinforcement of our partners in the stores.

Building The Fabric of Partnership

E.C. Barton & Co. allowed the four content and media producers of our small marketing team to attend Hubspot’s Inbound 2014 conference as well as DrupalCon 2014, subsequently DrupalCon 2016, and recently DrupalCon 2018. These conferences along with an appetite to reshape our industry from a digital perspective allowed our nimble and productive team to flourish. The best part about it is that it hasn’t stopped with our department either. As it turns out, our Human Resources department continually trains and earns certifications to better themselves and better our company. Our Information Technology department regularly attend conferences to sharpen their skills and provide strategic support for all operations of our company. Our Merchandising team take trips to China, Italy, and other domestic places to learn about the next big products and how to install and sell them. Our store managers and our manager training program have made successful men and women in our company that know the importance of success in a partner operated business.

Conclusion

Through support from our partners and our dedication to continued development, our company offers stability and a foundation for generations to come. Our partners from the store level through the executives are closely connected and have common goals for our future. Partnership rather than simple employment empowers all of us to succeed. Partnership through integrity, dedication, and determination has been the fuel for this company dozens of years and will for years to come. We hope that others will seek to become a partner with us to grow and help our communities.

E.C. Barton Career Blog Featured Articles