If you to want to get a job, conventional wisdom these days is that you post your resume in the right places on-line, scour the on-line job posting sites, apply for jobs, do interviews, and go through the process.
Or . . . you can do it the way Brad Lamoureaux did.
Lamoureaux’s main responsibility is for sales, so if you call Airguns of Arizona or visit the showroom, you stand a pretty good chance of talking to him. However, like everyone else at AoA, he fills in wherever he is needed, testing guns and so forth. (I find the corporate structure of AoA fascinating; it reminds me of what I know of a Green Beret team: everyone has a specialty, but everyone also has enough competence to fill in at another person’s specialty if needed. So, for example, if the medic gets hurt, there is at least one other person who can fill in. AoA is like that.)
So, now, let’s set the scene for how Lamoureaux found employment at AoA. Lamoureaux is the Scout Master of a troop of 50+ Boy Scouts. Robert Buchanan, president of AoA, is the troop’s chaplain.
“I had just finished my master’s degree literally the night before,” Lamoureaux says, “when Robert came up to me and asked ‘How’s your job going?’”
Lamoureaux explained that he had just finished his master’s degree and that he was thinking of applying for something perhaps in hospital administration. To which Buchanan said, “Yeah, but how’s your job going?” Then he said that he wanted Lamoureaux to come work for him.
“But I don’t know anything about airguns,” Lamoureaux protested. You’ll learn, Buchanan said, adding “If you don’t know something, ask. Besides, if you have the temperament to handle 50 boys, you can talk to people on the phone.”
Lamoureaux says, “When you spend all day testing airguns and talking about airguns, you learn very quickly. I shoot a lot at work, and my favorite gun is the Daystate Wolverine Hi-Lite in .22. I still don’t consider myself an airgun enthusiast, but I really enjoy shooting with my son in the backyard. He has a Webley springer in .20 caliber.”
One of the things he enjoys most is that every day he gets an interesting phone call. “I have one customer who raves about how accurate his FX Independence is. He hung up washers from strings at 80 yards, and pretty soon hitting the washers got to be kind of boring, so he started shooting the strings and dropping the washers by cutting the strings with a pellet. “That’s pretty much the epitome of accuracy,” Lamoureaux says.
On several occasions, he has had members of the military or SWAT teams tell him that they use airguns to take out street lights without giving away their position with a muzzle flash.
“One of my favorite things,” he says, “is to educate people about airguns, tell them Kip’s hunting stories, update them about what’s new, and get them excited about the sport. Then there are guys who make special trips here like it is their Graceland, that’s always fun.”
He adds, “My satisfaction comes from making people happy, finding out exactly what their needs are, and then finding the exact airgun that will fulfill those needs.”
Til next time, aim true and shoot straight,
– Jock Elliott