Hello this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. Today, I’m going to speak with Purple Wave’s newest territory manager, Mike Saxton from Urbandale, IA. Hi, Mike, and thanks for joining me.
Hi, Aaron. Thanks for the call. I appreciate it.
Begin by speaking to your background. Have you always lived in Urbandale?
I’m about a 20 year resident of Urbandale. I was born and raised up until the age of 16 in Creston, Iowa, in southwest Iowa. I moved to Urbandale, Iowa, for my senior year in high school and I ended up marrying my childhood sweetheart, who is a lifelong Urbandale resident.
I understand you have experience in both the construction industry as well as the auction industry. What has your business background been so far?
Actually, I’ve got extensive experience in both the construction equipment and heavy industrial segments. I started out with my father operating a small dirt spread, or helping him operate a small dirt spread, for approximately seven years. After his early passing, I spent approximately the next seven years of my life as a service mechanic and service manager. I always wanted to move into sales in construction and in industrial equipment. I started my sales career with Graham Equipment Company several years back and spent the next approximately 17 years in the construction equipment dealer sales representative category working for several dealers over that time. My last position in a sales capacity for a construction equipment dealership was VP of sales where I had about a four-year experience in that regard. I actually got into the auction industry in 1999 with a large auction company and spent a little over a decade with those people. After leaving the large auction company in 1999, I have done extensive contract work and worked for several various auction companies for short amounts of time. I’m very excited to be with Purple Wave auction company, a very dynamic, young, aggressive company. My assignment with Purple Wave will be central and eastern Iowa and I look forward to getting started.
Mike, what was it that made you want to be a part of Purple Wave and how do you feel about it so far?
Oh, I’m very enthused to be associated with Purple Wave auctions. I absolutely subscribe to the unreserved auction method which is tantamount to this organization. We operate in a very transparent, simple method which we know, without question, offers a potential consigner a great amount of benefit.
You’ve been on the ground at our Manhattan, Kan., headquarters for the last several days. Tell me about your experience and impression of the crew so far?
Oh, I couldn’t be more pleased or happy. It’s just a great group of individuals willing to help anyone with any project at any time – just a tremendous group – great group of people. I could not be more pleased.
You mentioned your going to be covering the better part of Iowa, as far as your territory. Tell me about your role and responsibilities. What’s going to be an average day for you?
Well, an average day will be both soliciting consignments for auction through both phone and travel. My responsibility, or job title, is territory manager. I will be graded or evaluated on auction sales production.
Tell me about some of your personal interests. When you’re not making phone calls and listing items, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to fly fish. That’s an absolute passion of mine.
I’ve been speaking with Mike Saxton, Purple Wave’s new Iowa territory manager. Thanks again, Mike, for joining me today.
Thank you very much.
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