My name is Shawn Pillow and I’ve just joined the Eastwood Team for an internship in the Marketing department. As I give you a little background info on myself, I’ll begin explaining why you should follow my blog, so just hang in there.
I’m a rising senior at Duke University pursuing a degree in Political Science and a certificate in Markets and Marketing. While I’ve always had a passing interest in cars (by which I essentially mean, “I sometimes have a picture of one as the background on my Mac”), I’ve never really modified any car that I’ve owned, unless you count installing a connection for an iPod as a “customization.” Instead, I’ve driven a series of Volvo sedans ( a ’95 850, a ’99 S70, and now a ’98 S70) so dull that even I would have a difficult time picking them out of a line-up. Though I have some basic technical familiarity from working in construction and assisting my father in various home improvement projects, I’ve always been a little intimidated by working with an automobile.
Many of my friends and fraternity brothers will have the same job title this summer (“intern”), but they’ll get the same exposure to business as if they’d read a book or watched a documentary. At the end of the summer, they’ll be lucky if their boss knows their name. Meeting the owner or CEO? Forget about it.
Not at Eastwood – our president, Curt Strohacker, stops by my desk every day to talk, and it’s always with the same greeting, “You learning something?” If Curt could stop by your garage or shop to check in on your projects, I’m sure he’d lead off with the same question. After all, that’s part of what makes a hobby so enjoyable – encountering a new challenge or obstacle and figuring out how to overcome it.
And that’s the heart of what I’d like to show you through my blog posts; the culture at Eastwood, and what makes it so valuable to me as a young intern, is what makes Eastwood so valuable to you as a restoration enthusiast. Don’t think of Eastwood as a supplier or a store; think of us as a resource and an extension of the restoration community. Your passion makes everything that we do possible, and inspires in us a passion to deliver the finest products and give you the most responsive and helpful support possible.
Being in this environment every day, I’m anxious to tackle a few projects of my own and I’ll chronicle my adventures here. I look forward to sharing my experiences, both in the garage and in the office, with y’all and hearing your feedback!