Dealerscope 2019 40 Under 40: Beth McKinstry, D&H Distributing
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Name: Beth McKinstry
Job Title: Director of Retail Sales
Company: D&H Distributing
Years in the Industry: 15
Major Accomplishments that you’re proud of: I'm fairly new to the role, but early accomplishments would be the relationships and partnerships I've been building. It is great to work with such wonderful people in this industry.
What do you like best about your job?: As a distributor, we have exposure to so many new and exciting products, and get to partner with both vendors and retailers to ensure they are successful in the market. The possibilities are endless, which makes it a lot of fun!
What do you like least about your job?: I get frustrated that many don't see the value in distribution. There is so much more that a distributor is capable of rather than just housing product. In retail, differentiation is key, and we can use our expertise and partnerships across product lines to provide unique offerings for our customers.
Favorite hobby: I've always enjoyed working out, and you can count on me to try the latest workout trend! Lagree, kickboxing and VersaClimber are my current faves!
Last book you read: I was told that listening is the new hard cover, so my last audio book was Michelle Obama's Becoming
Who is your hero and why?: My grandma has always been my hero. She went to Columbia in the 1930s, married the love of her life, had 7 children, then went back to school to get her PhD with the support of her family and became a counselor. She found it important to follow her dreams, and continued to educate herself in a time when that was not encouraged of women.
Favorite consumer tech device: I still find the smartphone so fascinating. It just amazes me how much information we have at our fingertips at all times, and how each one of us, no matter the age, can have a customized personal experience.
What you’d be doing if you weren’t in tech: I'd probably be a teacher or a fitness instructor, working with young people to encourage a happy, healthy life.
What’s the biggest problem the industry faces today, and how would you fix it?: Market competitiveness makes profitability so much more challenging today. There needs to be more control over that.
What’s your outlook for the CE industry for the next five years?: I think there are some really exciting categories on the rise in CE including smart home, wearables, and STEM products, that will take us into 2020 and beyond. I think the industry will get healthier, and I can't wait to see what it will look like in 5 years!