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my journey
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About me, Mike...

I’m a Senior Director at Zappos.com

This is my journey on how I got here…from the beginning.  I’m writing twice a week sharing my story and tips along the way for those who want to get in into the shoe and apparel industry, already in the industry looking for insights, or for those who just want to see my comic strips from a shoe dog who’s been around the block.  Enjoy!

My Latest Blogs Below.

Zappos calls again in 2002

Zappos calls again in 2002 #171

Blog #170 I talked about how my Target journey begins in Milpitas. In this blog I want to talk about when Zappos calls again in 2002. Zappos 1 ½ years later Fred calls me again in 2002. We had a nice chat and he said they really needed someone with

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My Target Journey begins in Milpitas

My Target journey begins in Milpitas #170

Blog #169  I talked about three reps who stayed in touch. In this blog I want to talk about how my Target journey begins in Milpitas. Nordstrom lessons Nordstrom was an amazing experience and I met so many great people along the way. A lot of  the things I learned

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Three Reps who Stayed in Touch

Three Reps who Stayed in Touch #169

Blog #168  I talked about the quote These Mountains you are carrying. In this blog I want to talk about three reps who stayed in touch. As a buyer you always wonder who your true friends are. By true friend, I don’t mean like when you were younger and hung

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These Mountains you Are Carrying

These Mountains you Are Carrying #168

Blog #167  I talked about my time with Nordstrom is done. In this blog I want to talk about The quote These Mountains you are carrying “These Mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb” -Najwa Zebian. This quote resonated with me. The weight I had been carrying

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My Time with Nordstrom is done

My Time with Nordstrom is done #167

Blog #166  I talked about why it’s Best to have options to make decisions. In this blog I want to talk about my time with Nordstrom is done. In the last blog I mentioned I decided to talk to the GM for Northern California. We had a really good relationship

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Best to have options to make decisions

Best to have options to make decisions #166

Blog #165  I talked about how Nordstrom Consolidations sealed the deal. In this blog I want to talk about why it’s Best to have options to make decisions Bill decides to leave Nordstrom for REI. That was disappointing but I probably was going to leave soon too. Our 2nd Asst.

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…just sharing my story and tips from my footwear career. 

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