Week 14

Week 14

Alejandro Sanchez; International Tool Distributor
Chris Gainer; Black Label Wraps

Alejandro Sanchez grew up in Mexico and worked for his father in their potato and grain business. When he and his Minnesota-native wife moved back to the area, he joined Bondus tools in Monticello as an international account rep. and eventually decided to go out on his own and represent multiple accounts as an independent sales rep. He talked with the CEO class about the challenges of doing business internationally, finding new accounts and separating family/friends in the business world. His advice to the students when starting their business is to give a little more to customers than what is expected and they will take notice and tell others.

Chris Gainer participated in snow-cross and motor-cross growing up and always wanted to be involved with it in his career. He found his niche by using his graphic design background to design snowmobile wraps and eventually expanded into vehicles wraps and trailer wraps. He was very honest with the class that when he started out he didn’t like the paperwork/invoicing part of the business, but quickly figured out it’s a necessity.

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