My formal education had nothing to do with business: Harvey Mudd College, class of ’74, physics major; U of Maryland for grad school in physics; research assistant at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Disillusioned with physics, I joined my father’s company, McGary & Co., and began my informal business education. My father had me do every job in the company: shipping, receiving, billing clerk, bookkeeping, meeting with buyers and vendors as well as meeting with accountants, bankers and lawyers.
In the late 1970’s we began importing products from Europe and from the beginning it was my responsibility. Along the way, I had the opportunity and privilege to meet most of the owners of the companies. The perspective they gave to their business was compelling because they were interested in showing and explaining the quality of their fabrics, not simply selling.
Forty years have passed since I joined the company; there have been many successes and probably even more failures. It’s all a learning process.
My golf game continues to deteriorate with age, our two cats have decided not to go to college because they like living at home and don’t want to miss their naps and my wife, Debbie, continues to put up with me.