“One thing that really stands out for me is that shops really have to support and rep their community. They must try to make a scene or a culture. The shops I see doing this are my favourites to work with.”
Agency name: Take Five Trading
Brands: Huf, Rook
Territory: Western Canada
PK’s per year: 50 or more showings a year.
Selling seasons per year: Four.
Longest distance between shops: TwoZeroFour Skateshop in Selkirk, Man. to Sandor’s in Whitehorse, Y.T.; it’s 3,334 kilometres.
Most remote account: Overlander, Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Rep vehicle: My bike or a rental van.
Mileage: No idea.
Favourite road grub: Something new or random like a local café or gas station.
Best way to kill time on the road: Try to relax and ponder life.
All-time highway tunes: Too many to say… and changes all the time.
Best job perk: Travel and work with brands that inspire me.
Favorite place work has taken you, and why: L.A. for sales meetings; I love the weather there
The most common questions you are asked by retailers: “When are my orders shipping?”
The most common thing retailers request from you: In-stocks.
Do you lose or gain weight during selling season? My weight stays about the same, but I might sleep less
Tell us a story. Last sales trip down to L.A., it was The Hundreds 10th anniversary at Disneyland. It was probably the most fun I’ve had in a long time.
Best thing about being a rep: For me, I’m repping two younger brands, so it’s amazing to see them grow, from products, production, design and marketing.
Worst: Shops closing.
How did you become a rep? Being a sponsored skater, working retail and even working in warehouses… my boss taking a risk on me. I started from the bottom, now I’m here.
What is the worst job you’ve ever had, and why? Don’t think I have had a bad job; they all have groomed me in some way.
What is your biggest concern with the industry in Canada? There are a lot of different factors, but one thing that really stands out for me is that shops really have to support and rep their community. They must try to make a scene or a culture. The shops I see doing this are my favourites to work with.