Name: Grant Webber
Occupation: Sales representative for Decatur Blueprint, Inc.
City of residency: Decatur
What does an average day at work look like for you?
Oh my gosh. Answer as many emails and phone calls as possible. I'm usually doing maybe six to 12 quotes a day and then I'll help with production on certain jobs. So I'm usually printing some, quoting a lot, talking a lot of people about a ton of projects and try to hammer out the details. Kind of like the sales rep and the beginning of production. I've got to make sure everyone's got what they need to get on their way.
Did you see yourself going down your current career path? If not, how did you get here?
I initially just got hired on to be a color tech to print mount basically, so it was kind of simple at first. They didn't have a sales rep, and I just kind of grew into the job. I'd been doing sales forever, so it was like, you take a phone call and I can hear the person on the other end talking, you know what I mean? It was a natural thing to do and it just got to the point where business just kept picking up and then I needed someone to help me, and we've kind of grown from there.
I guess that's how I got there — other than I was leaving a retail job that I wanted out of and that was the first thing that presented itself. I just snatched it up.
What are some of your favorite projects that you've had a hand in?
Anything that people really enjoy. A lot of the time we're out putting something up and it's like 50/50. Some people are like "Oh, that's cool," and others are saying "Oh, what's that for?"
Recently, we just did Garfield-Montessori's windows, and I waited until the last day of school. Kids went to school, I went up to install all the windows and when they came out, the whole front of the building had changed. So they're all running, leaving and not even noticing until they turned around.
They really enjoyed it and I think that was one of the highlights: putting all the effort in and then getting to hear the kids. I would say that's the best part of the job.
Do you think it's important to leave some room for fun on the job?
I would think so. I definitely don't have as much fun as I'd like to, but you're going to go crazy if you don't have some sort of outlet or release. We get a lot of creative outlet in our business, so some of it goes to that. We try to laugh. Sometimes, that's all you can do when nothing's working at the office, or the machines aren't working right. All you can do is laugh it off and start again the next day.
When you're not at work, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I play outdoor league soccer. I can't do indoor anymore, I'm just getting old. I also play a lot of disc golf. That's how I spend a lot of my free time doing nowadays. With the two courses here in town (Nelson Park and Forsyth Park), it's just kind of a growing sport and its a good way for older gents to still be competitive. It's not super expensive, it's free to play, you go play tourneys and get out of town ... it's a good time.