There are so many of us who dream of owning our own business. We imagine the life of being the best entrepreneur possible, having the title – “Head Honcho”, driving a brand or company to go from A-Z and rolling in the big bucks. Yeah, it does sound great, right? It is, but it is much more than putting your feet up, having food delivered to your desk and fun conversations during meetings. What most don’t think about are the long nights, extraordinary internal “got-to-do-it” drive and incredible risk in making a career successful and booming.
Quite often, I am blown away by the amount of organization, sanity, day juggling and needs our upper management faces day after day. This morning we sit down with the President of Duluth Pack, Tom Sega. He opens up about his morning ritual, inspirations and talks what the top of his desk looks like on a daily basis.
Tom Sega – Duluth Pack’s President
Before we even begin, I casually walk into Tom’s office and plop down in a chair across from his dark wood desk. He swivels his chair over, huge smile on his face and a Mountain Dew within an arm’s length away. He proudly waves me over to his laptop and peers with full excitement at his screen. We are staring at a new project in the works that is top secret . “This is exciting news”, he states. I couldn’t agree more, it absolutely is. Ps: You all will be happy once it is released.
I hunker back down in the chair and open up my notebook of curious questions. I mean, really.. how does someone take on so many responsibilities of a internationally recognized brand and remain so humble? After a conversation just shy of an hour, here is what I discovered and help answer that very quesiton:
How do you…
Start your morning: Drinking coffee with my lovely wife while having a great discussion.
Stay motivated: It is so easy to stay motivated when you truly believe in what you are doing. When you are a quality first company and employing, hard working Americans, it is a passion and my duty to make sure we grow the Duluth Pack brand.
Remain inspired: By being able share the 133 year history and heritage of the longest running USA based canvas and leather, pack and bag Manufacturer. Also, to see our payroll grow as we add more talented people and extend the Duluth Pack brand to new markets and locations.
Lead a company: By setting people up for success and allowing them to do what they do so well. I hope that I inspire others to be the best they can be. I love being able to share my passion for the Duluth Pack Brand. My dad always said, “ You can do anything that you put your mind to and are willing to work hard for. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something that inspires you .”
Motivate others: I truly hope that all others are motivated and inspired by being allowed to do what they do so well. I will challenge people to think out of the box and push their boundaries. I want others to be fearless.
Find personal balance: At times can be a struggle for me, but as I have become older I have come to understand that I can not do it all and I need to allow the very talented people around me to do what they do so well. I believe this comes from my passion for what we are doing at Duluth Pack.
My get aways are, being with family, in my bow stand hunting alone and with a fishing pole in my hand.
Stay organized: This has always been a struggle for me as my plate is quite full. Thank goodness for smartphones and scheduling apps.
End your day: With family, read to wind down and check the google analytics web app one last time. Sorry, can’t help myself in seeing how our web site ended the day.
After the time has come, all questions are answered and some jokes are thrown back and forth. I politely thank, Tom for his time and complete transparency on his title and position within the company. He states, “Know what you stand for, who your customer is and why you are doing this. Once you do, then the grind time begins, but it’s worth it.” With this last statement, he gives me the ‘knuckles’ hand sign, sends me off with a smile and just in time his phone rings and right there he starts all over again with another meeting. I’m proud to call him the leader of Duluth Pack.