Dealerscope 2019 40 Under 40: Samantha Summerville, ProSource
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Name: Samantha Summerville
Job Title: District Manager
Years in the Industry: 15
Major Accomplishments that you’re proud of: Working in an industry with hundreds of different CI companies and vendors I think the biggest accomplishment for me over all is helping grow both of their businesses thru relationship building. That is how I have grown in this industry and hope to continue to grow for myself and others that I work with for many years to come.
What do you like best about your job?: My favorite part of my job is that is sometimes doesn't feel like work when you are just conversing with someone in person at an industry event or on the phone for a daily call. When you truly get it and get what you are doing it is just easy and makes the day go by much faster. Even when the calls or days go past that normal 9-5 time frame you still help out when you can because its a friendship or as we call it work family.
What do you like least about your job?: I don't think there is anything to not like. I mean maybe completing that expense report is the toughest part but when doing it I get to relive all of the fun and work adventures I had the month before so that can make it a better part of the least liked part I guess.
Favorite hobby: I was an art major in college with an oil painting focus and I really wish that I had time or would make the time to continue to use that talent. Not really sure what I would start painting as a subject in this phase of my life but I guess I would just have to start to find out. I am also a sports fan so I really do miss the days of random pick up basketball games at the gym. Now its a get in for a class and get out. I also was in the 2-channel part of the industry for a couple of years and totally got into listening to vinyl and a whole record. Need to get back to the relax audiophile lifestyle again too! Life can get crazy busy at times and we tend to cut out what we used to love to do. Time to reboot those pastimes.
Last book you read: Honest. I don’t think I have completed one of the many that I have started. I tend to book hop. Maybe I'm not reading what is interesting to me. Mostly read email and online articles right now. Haha!
Who is your hero and why?: I would have to say my Grandma, Alice. I see a lot of her characteristics in myself as I grow older. She was a hard working woman, a home maker and a creative. She always supported me and what I was doing thru my growing years in high school, college and when I decided I was heading west on my own adventure. She also really enjoyed my sense of humor and would dish it back when she could in her own way.
Favorite consumer tech device: My phone of course! Just kidding! I'd have to say I am a huge music person so anything that can spit out audio for me is a favorite. I loved listening to my Thorens turntable when I had it all hooked up so I am actually trying to rebuild that system a bit better right now. Currently, I listen to my HEOS Soundbar or my Klipsch THREE when I have my days at home. When traveling I've got my FOCAL headphones to keep the ears happy while on the road.
What you’d be doing if you weren’t in tech: I wanted to be an architect back in the day so maybe that which would probably put me back in this industry at this time of technology and design/build. But, I also love kids so I'd probably be an elementary school teacher focusing on the arts - painting, crafts, building, theater, music. I say sometimes I'd be like Miss Lippy from Billy Madison - she's fun and quirky!
What’s the biggest problem the industry faces today, and how would you fix it?: There is so much in the industry I am not sure what is a major problem. I am not part to focus on what is bad or a problem. I think some of the issues we have had are bad knock off technology or product that may put a bad wrap on the good stuff. A lot of issues with cyber security and personal security were and can be a big problem again and I think many are trying to take better protective action on that and have a better network and or security system in their home or business. There is so much out there that for our level of business we are trying to uphold we need to educate the end user better on what quality is over the price of product. Consumers have become penny pinchers to some point buying the less expensive aka cheaper product and then they have to buy it again in month or years leading to waste. Higher priced items cost more for a reason, they are better quality and last a lot longer therefore lowering electronic waste in our world.
What’s your outlook for the CE industry for the next five years?: I think it will get healthier but not to an extreme. Technology is ever changing and brands make one product to make you want the next thing they come up with in the next year or 2 from that version. There is so much in the CE world that it is hard to make a single decision on one product or brand. It is ever changing as we want the latest and greatest or we are trying to keep up with the Jonse's next door. Some product categories are flattening out and others are growing - its really hard to tell until the next big thing come out to the market and we all run to buy it!