A thought becomes an idea. Ideas become plans. Plans become actions. As a growing company, the excitement of starting something new is still familiar. It's the greatest feeling as you begin to act on all your ideas and plans and watch them become a reality.
As a business, you do your best to evaluate and train employees. However, many years ago as a startup, the owners and founders of the business were still training themselves when the first "Help Wanted" ad was published. The first person we hired was Cameron Preston, a young man attending MTSU. As with any new hire, you're never quite sure of their work ethic, personality, or ambition. You can only hope they show up and take pride in their work.
In the beginning, the scope of Cameron's job and his duties were broad and vague. Pick this. Pack that. Answer the phone. Look this up. Help a customer unload a dryer. Cover the counter. Can you come in on Saturday? A lot of the equipment was borrowed or used. Supplies other employees take for granted were not available at the time. The amount of information we didn't know greatly outweighed what we did know. But, that's how things begin. Cameron would come in to work after a day of class and share interesting stories of the college life and his assignments. Regardless of whether he enjoyed a particular class or subject, he kept his goal in sight and never faltered. Although he didn't share the same vision to grow within our company, he never held us back. His ambition only amplified our own. His personal desire for success became synchronous with ours. We shared a common goal. We pushed each other forward.
From this understanding grew an unspoken level of respect for Cameron within our company. As Pandora's OEM transformed and accumulated new systems into the operation, Cameron never threw in the towel. Even more impressive, there was never any responsibility or task we gave him that he couldn't handle. Just as we were learning new things and applying ourselves, so was Cameron.
Last year, Cameron graduated MTSU and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Concentration in Flight Dispatch. It brought us tremendous joy to see one of our own finish what he started, but we were aware of what was to come. He quickly began his pursuit of a career, which eventually led him to set his sights on Denver, Colorado. The position he applied for had a lot of competition and there were no guarantees he would be accepted. Cameron had shown poise, dedication, and flexibility during our times of growth. We were more than willing to return the favor.
Cameron moved to Denver last year to pursue his career. Because of the value he adds to our business, we found a way to allow him to work remotely. He was overseeing our Customer Service Department and his daily tasks included answering emails, processing orders, communicating with vendors, order resolution, loss prevention, associate development...the list goes on. When he started, the job entailed many responsibilities because we had no one else to do them. As he closes in on his final days with Pandora's OEM, his responsibilities are in abundance because no one else can do them better. His work ethic was, and still is one to be rivaled.
Cameron, even during school, never jeopardized his reputation or his employment. Cameron's character, attitude, intelligence, and occasional humor set him apart. I personally feel he has not even begun to explore the realm of his potential. I believe the experience for Cameron during Pandora's OEM's growth is as invaluable to him as he is to us. We are proud to announce Cameron recently interviewed for a position as an International Flight Coordinator and was accepted. We are overjoyed to see Cameron begin his career and are grateful and honored for the time he shared with us during his ascent. May the best days of your past be the worst days of your future.
Cameron, you have become a part of the Pandora's OEM family and you will be greatly missed.