Dealerscope 2019 40 Under 40: Vince and Kristina Clarkson, Hudson's Appliance Center
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Name: Vince and Kristina Clarkson
Age: 33, 30
Job Title: Owners
Company: Hudson's Appliance Center
Years in the Industry: 5
Major Accomplishments that you’re proud of: Our business has grown on an average of 30 percent year after year over the past 5 years. We were recognized as "Business of the Year" in our Chamber of Commerce for 2016. In 2017 we became a real player in our local contract market.
What do you like best about your job?: Working as a husband and wife team and seeing our hard work pay off.
What do you like least about your job?: Challenging customers and product availability issues.
Favorite hobby: Anything outside with our two young children. From camping, dirt biking, boating and snowboarding. We work hard and play harder.
Last book you read: Do audio books count? No time for books, just Dealerscope of course 🙂
Who is your hero and why?: Any single parent with a full time career or business. It's a lot to juggle. I can't imagine having to find that balance by myself. -Kristina
Kristina's uncle, because he also runs a successful business and has great work ethic. He is a great father to his children and I have always looked up to him. -Vince
Favorite consumer tech device: iPhone, because we can work from anywhere.
What you’d be doing if you weren’t in tech: Vince would still have five years left in the Marine Corps until retirement. Kristina would still be running her fitness business.
What’s the biggest problem the industry faces today, and how would you fix it?: Life expectancy and maintenance issues with new appliances. Customers are frustrated with all the issues and take it out on the retailers.
What’s your outlook for the CE industry for the next five years?: The connected home is something that the younger generations want and are excited for.