What They’re Thinking: Jeannette Howe
My first job in the industry was as a sales person at Tweeter in the Harvard Square store. Like a lot of people in this industry, I came out of the Tweeter training ground. I was 27.
Initially I wasn’t attracted at all to retail. Don’t even like shopping. But having graduated from Boston University, I was applying for jobs in the Boston area. I had envisioned going to work for one of publishing companies. Ironically, I was told it was an old boy’s network and I never got in. So I wound up at Jordon Marsh, working as a floor sales manager of the toys and electronics department, about which I knew nothing. I was not at all the Barbie doll-type woman Jordan Marsh expected. I got fired after about two years. Tweeter was looking for entrepreneurial people, and they didn’t care I wasn’t the Barbie doll.
After joining Tweeter as a sales person, I became a store manager. Then I was swill master for a while. People were dumping stuff in a
corner of the warehouse because they didn’t know what to do with it. Tweeter took me out of my store and put me in charge of getting rid
of this million-dollar pile. I bought B-stock, held warehouse sales and did whatever I could to move through this pile of product. After about six months, I realized I didn’t have a job any more. So I started working in the buying department with Deborah Smith and became her audio buyer.