Gretchen Goodson is our Marketing Manager. Gretchen has been a member of the team for 7 and a 1/2 years and was one of the first women to agree to put up with all of us. Gretchen, or G as we like to call her, constantly stays busy making sure everything we put out to you guys looks the best it possibly can, but she was able to take a few minutes out of her day to tell you all a little more about the inner workings of SportDOG.
1. How did you get started with SportDOG?
GG: It is kind of a funny story, but to make a long story short the company I was working for at the time was being bought out and SportDOG had an opening for an Admin Assistant position. I met Lance, our VP, and someone from our Talent Development Department for lunch and I was fortunate enough to get the job.
2. What is your favorite aspect of your job?
GG: There are several things that I enjoy about my job…our group is great, I get to interface and have built relationships with the awesome people in this industry, I get to work on a wide variety of tasks/projects, I get to use my Marketing degree, being able to take on more responsibility over the years, I have learned and had the opportunity to hunt at some pretty amazing places. And had I not been working here, I would not have my yellow lab, Tibbs.
3. What is the most important lesson you have learned through working for SportDOG?
GG: Two things…relationships and knowing your market/customer are key.
4. What is your favorite type of hunting?
GG: Upland…pheasants and quail.
5. How did you get started hunting?
GG: We took a group trip to South Dakota and I got to go pheasant hunting for the first time.
6. How many dogs do you have?
GG: Tibbs is my yellow lab and he will be 6 in July.
7. What is your best advice about dog training?
GG: Wow, it is so important. Tibbs was my first dog to have completely on my own and I look back and think how important it was that I spent time with him when he was a puppy working on commands. Honestly, I don’t think you can train your dog enough and wish I would have spent more time working with him.
8. What’s your favorite product and why?
GG: I use the SD-1225…it has just enough range and I like that you have many correction choices (stim, vibe, tone). I also like our Locator Beacons for taking him out in the dark.
9. What’s one of your favorite hunting stories to tell people?
GG: It happened recently while duck hunting in South Dakota. The last morning we went out it was freezing, sleeting and windy. For those that know me, know that I HATE the cold. But, I didn’t want to be a pansy so I acted like it was no big deal (but let me just say it was freezing). There were three others with me and we hid behind the cattails to try to keep the wind from blowing us away. And I guess behind those it wasn’t too bad, but after an hour or so I was pretty much done. I didn’t want to be the first one to say that I was done so I waited until someone else did. Not too much time had passed and my co-worker asked if I was ready to go in to which I replied, “only if you guys are”. Luckily, they were ready. We didn’t get our limit that day, but we each got some good shots and as cold as it was it was a very memorable experience.
10.What’s one of your most memorable moments with your dog Tibbs?
Gosh, there are several favorite stories about my dog…like when we took him swimming for the first time, we went on a hike with a co-worker right after I got him, scent training him and gun conditioning him. But I have to say it is really our times together as a family that are the most memorable. One quick story…after we had our first child our doctor recommended letting her “cry it out” in her crib to learn to sleep in her bed and through the night. I will never forget lying in bed just looking up at the ceiling wide awake listening to her. And then all of a sudden you would hear her door fly open and Tibbs would go in there and lay behind her rocking chair as if to say, “well if you guys aren’t going to do anything about this crying, I am at least going to go keep her company”.