Personal Bio: Kevin went to Penn State University and was following a safe, yet complacent path. Getting his accounting degree, graduating, and spending the rest of my life crunching numbers and doing okay. This all changed in summer 2010. The summer before his senior year he found “Scopes” because he was looking to spend his last summer living and working at the beach. He had no idea the impact it would have on his life. After graduating, he turned down his safe job, and spent another summer on the beach in Ocean City Maryland having fun and refining his sales skills. Realizing that seemingly odd skillset had opened up fun opportunities all over the country, he decided to continue working down this path that scopes had opened up to him.
While his friends were working jobs that they hated, Kevin spent a Winter working in Aspen, CO, skiing everyday using the skills he acquired at scopes to sell pictures to the one-percenters of the world. In the Spring and Fall he worked in Panama City Beach Florida, and his summers back in OCMD. After one more Winter in Park City, UT and a final summer in OCMD, he took the skills he acquired into the Tech Space.
After a short stint at MemoryBlue to repurpose the skills he had learned to apply them to the tech space, he took a Job at a startup in Ad-Tech. He was able to leverage this experience to get a competitive Sales Job with Tableau Software, a sexy tech company changing the way the world leverages data. In his first 3 years, he was been promoted twice, and has sold millions of dollars’ worth of software and now entering his 4th year he shows no signs of slowing down.
Company Bio: In 2018, Tableau was listed as one of the top 15 Toughest Tech Companies to get a job. This is after years of recognition as the top place to work by LinkedIn, Washington Business Journal and many other periodicals. Tableau creates interactive data visualization products to help even those helpless at Excel make sense of large data sets. But Tableau’s work extends far beyond customers. In 2017, more than half of the Seattle-based company’s employees were involved in the Tableau Foundation, which leverages the company’s expertise in data viz to solve real-world problems. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, for example, company volunteers used location data scraped from social media calls for help to build the Harvey Rescue Map, which helped responders rescue thousands of people.
Testimonial: “It would not be an exaggeration to say that one summer completed changed my life.
Working this job ignited a passion for sales that created a career path I never would have thought possible. It gave me confidence and taught me how to be successful in the face of a challenge. It showed me the value of hard work, and most importantly, it proved that when you get good at something, you can make a lot of money doing it!
Every bit of success I see today stems from what I learned working scopes on the beach. As crazy as it may sound, the skills you learn selling keychains on the beach aligns in one way or another with even the most complex and long sales cycles. My favorite part about it…it is a lot of fun and the opportunities are endless. Working at scopes is taking on a new exciting lifestyle for a few months a year that you get paid to live and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. “
Summers completed at Telescope Pictures: 4 Summers!
Advice to a future recruit: Just do it! It might seem hard at first, but once you get it…once you really get it, it is the easiest and most fun job you will ever work, and you won't spend the rest of your life wondering what if. You’ll learn the skills to live the life you want, without looking back.