Running a successful business involves numbers – LOTS of them. It’s cut throat. Either something is working for the company or it is not and it’s the Chief Financial Officer’s job to investigate what is bringing the bills in to afford opening up the doors, employing individuals and each and every day. Sounds difficult just thinking about it – we agree, too!
Today we sat down with Duluth Pack’s CFO (or as we know him – hardcore Vikings fan!) Mark Oestreich. We dug into what keeps him motivated, focused and a thriving CFO along with being an all around good family man! In his office you see a clean and organized arrangement of papers, family photos, his handy-dandy calculator, a fist full of candies (butterscotch and fruit flavored – oh yeah!) and a steaming hot mug of Duluth Pack Paddler’s Blend java nestled on his Viking’s mascot coaster. and a smile peering on his face. Time to get down to the nitty gritty now. Without a further a do, here’s Mark, everybody!
How do you…
Start your morning: Coffee and sometimes exercise, but always coffee.
Stay motivated: Break down goals into smaller pieces to more easily measure progress.
Get inspired: Spend time outdoors.
Challenge yourself: I try to invite some discomfort into my life by pushing myself out of my comfort zones.
Motivate others: I try to lead by example and will generally interject humor where appropriate.
Find personal balance: Make a conscious effort to plan activities I enjoy, like golf. Keeping one night a week as date night with my wife.
Stay organized: Write things down in Outlook.
End your day: Kiss my wife and daughter goodnight!
As the questionnaire and conversation ends, Mark slips on his spectacles (you know he means business when these are on) and gets back to numbers mode. So, next time you walk into the Duluth Pack store, shop our website at duluthpack.com or trot into our headquarters, know he is the guy working endlessly to maintain stability for the brand!
– From your friends at Duluth Pack