The Shuel-Walker File Featured

8:00pm EDT August 26, 2009

Born: Indianapolis

Education: University of Arizona, bachelor of arts in marketing

What was your very first job?

I worked here at HP. I filed and answered the phone. I was 16. My father, Donald Ames Shuel, started this business a long time ago. He bought the company back in 1964, and he began making it a success before I was born. He was instrumental in instilling a work ethic in my life. He has been a huge mentor in my life. He taught me the business.

It was his vision to diversify product lines and to expand to other product categories, which has been a huge differentiator for us.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Listen to the customer, and anticipate the right goods and services needed.

What would be the first thing on your bucket list?

To start a charity, probably something to do with children. I feel like they don’t have control of their destiny a lot of times, and if there was someone in the world I would want to help, it would be kids.