Douglas D. Samuels

Douglas Samuels
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Douglas D. Samuels' Biography

Type Of Business:
Home appliance retail and service
Marketing Area:
Page County, IL; Local; Regional
Major Product/SVS:
Major household appliances and appliance services, including water conditioning and filtration, outdoor products and repair services
Golf; Fishing; Following Purdue University sports and Chicago sports
Education Degrees:
Master of Arts in Education, DePauw University (1979); Undergraduate Degree, Purdue University
Affiliations Awards:
Brand Source Buying Group Affiliation; Business Association; NARDA
Place of Birth:
Retail Management & Sales
State/Country of Origin:
Date of Distinction:
Work History:
Teacher and Coach at Elmwood Park HS, IL. Teacher and Coach at Pekin HS, IL. Teacher and Coach at Coconut Creek HS, FL. Graduate Assistant Football Coach at DePauw University. Dock supervisor and scheduling admin for ATL Freight System.
Career Achievements:
Served 3 terms as President of Greater Midwest Region of Brand Source, 3 terms as a National Director of Brand Source, 3 terms as Board President at BR Ryall YMCA, Board member for Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission for Glen Ellyn.
What do you feel separates you from the rest of the professionals in your industry?:
His customer service integrity separates him from his peers.
What has been the most outstanding thing you have done thus far in your career?:
His greatest career achievement is his staying power.
How would you like to be remembered by your peers?:
He would like to be remembered for treating everyone fairly.
If you could solve one problem in the world today, what would it be?:
He would solve the ethics problems in politics.
Economic Development Commission Board; Board, Chamber of Commerce; Former Member of the Board, Three-Year President, Glen Ellyn YMCA; National Board, President, Midwest Region, BrandSource
Number Of Years In Profession:
Number Of Years In Current Position:
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
He attributes his success to his good education, good teaching from predecessors and customer service approach to doing business.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
He became involved in his profession because 30 years ago, his father-in-law had a position available, and he said yes. The teaching profession was volatile, so he left it.
Extended Bio Profile:
Thirty years ago, Mr. Samuels was asked by his father-in-law to leave coaching and teaching, and become involved in the family business. Young's Appliances has been operating since 1931, and he has progressed through the business, currently serving as the president, as well as the only family member still involved. Mr. Samuels' biggest accomplishment to date is keeping the business running and competitive during the current economic turmoil. Young's Appliances has earned numerous awards for service and performance within the industry, and is recognized for great customer service and business integrity.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Being fairly involved in marketing, merchandising and administrative duties; Handling financial responsibilities and retail sales
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Mr. Samuels plans to grow the business enough so that it is worth the effort and time. He would also like to create a succession plan.
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