There is a list of professions I do not have the skills to master, such as nuclear scientist, mathematician, chemist, and lawyer, among others. After spending a day riding along with Newtown, Pa.-based Chas Lassoff of CRL Lighting Agency as he called on customers, I am putting lighting rep on that list.
My conclusion has nothing to do with the retailers we visited – all of whom were exceptionally gracious and welcoming – but with the complicated juggling of the job itself.
Like quite a few reps I know, Chas grew up in the retail side of the lighting industry. Since his family operated a showroom in Pennsylvania, Chas worked in the business at a young age all the way through earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He received further training when he was employed as a factory rep for Lightolier before deciding to start his own agency 20 years ago. Continue Reading
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