Michael, a former G+B employee, used to work in our Seattle branch before we closed our Seattle showroom. This week, we are elated to have him back, now as a Sales Coordinator in our Portland showroom. Michael brings years of sales and store fixture experience as well as a great sense of humor. So, what brought Michael to move from Seattle to Portland, and why did he choose to return to G+B? Let’s find out!
Q: What made you move to Portland?
A: I grew up in eastern Oregon and Portland has always felt like my home. This will be my 4th time that I live here & I couldn’t be happier to be back! I evaluated several other cities but I just felt that Portland had so much more to offer.
Q: What did you do in-between working for G+B?
A: After the G+B branch in Seattle closed, I worked as a General Manager for an Australian start-up company called ANKO. Think tiny TARGET but IKEA prices. Unfortunately ANKO closed due to Covid, though they are still massively successful in Australia.
Q: Why did you choose to come back to G+B?
A: It’s rare to find a company whose actions are in line with what they say they value. I feel that G+B’s very much do, and they create a great work environment for their teams. I’m so excited to be given the opportunity to come back.
Q: Where in Portland do you live?
A: Tanasbourne… An article once described it this way (and I’m paraphrasing) "A neighborhood full of amenities & no culture…". I can attest!
Q: What are you most excited about working for G+B?
A: The people. Working with a great team full of smiling, familiar faces & the occasional terrible joke from Randy Anderson.
As you might pick up, Michael clearly doesn’t mind a joke or two. Don’t be afraid to dish one out if you get the honor to work with him on your outfitting your store!