Working in Clark County: Beverage Salesman Dustin Meyer

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant

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Working in Clark County

Working in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: mary.ricks@columbian.com; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.

Dustin Meyer worked a variety of jobs after high school. Since being hired at Corwin Beverage Company he seems to have hit his stride and is doing well as a salesman. “I am friendly and like people. Getting to know store managers where I sell my products makes my job much easier,” Meyer said.

Name: Dustin Meyer.

Job/employer: Corwin Beverage Company.

Job title: Sales representative.

Age: 26.

Education/professional background: I graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2006. I attended Clark College for more than a year, while at the same time worked at Cold Stone Creamery. Later I worked in landscaping, construction and for a water bottle company. I was hired at Corwin Beverage two years ago as a loader in the warehouse, then worked about a year in merchandising before becoming a salesman.

Awards: In April 2014 I received the Core Value Award from Corwin. The award honors employees who demonstrate the company’s core values each day. It was pretty special getting the company-wide award. Everyone throughout the company votes. It is nice to know you are appreciated.

Residence: Ridgefield.

One word to describe yourself: Friendly.

Most challenging part of job: I work in pre-sales in large stores. My territory is Kelso and Longview. I try to understand each one of the store managers/merchandisers and learn how to best communicate with them. I like to get to know them because we can help each other. I am in the store twice a week, but they are in the store every day and know their stores’ needs better than I do.

Most rewarding part of job: When I need more space in a store for large displays, someone who knows me is more willing to give me the space. It is rewarding when then trust me and know they can count on me.

Personal/business philosophy: I think it is all about communication. I always like to keep people up to date, from my managers to co-workers.

Something you would like to do over: I like what I am doing now, but I wish I would have gotten my commercial driver’s license and worked in that area of the company before I became a salesman. I think it might have helped know more about the overall aspect of the job.

Best feature of my Vancouver/Clark County community: The people are the best feature. Ridgefield is a small-knit community, and the people are strong, friendly. It is like a big neighborhood.

What would make Ridgefield a better place: It would be great to have a grocery store there.

Favorite restaurant/pub/coffee shop/store: Black Angus Steakhouse and the Main Event, both in downtown Vancouver.

Hobbies: Most things outdoors. I love camping, hunting and fishing.

Volunteer activities: I usually volunteer at Dozer Days.

Favorite travel destination: Camping in Cougar.

One thing you want to do this year: My wife and I have a baby on the way, and I want to learn how to adjust in this new phase of our life.

Something you want to do within five years: I would like to be a manager at Corwin.

Person you’d most like to meet: I would like to meet Paul Allen, partly because he is a billionaire, but to also find out how he handles business ventures.