One day, another employee approached me and asked me if I would “wave” outside the corporate office. I had no hesitations! I put the Liberty costume on and was actually amped (super excited!) considering I had always wanted to do it. I noticed there was another person coming out to wave. As we were waving, a few minutes went by and they pulled her. I kept on waving, though. After my shift, I was told I did a phenomenal job and all the horns honking confirmed that.
The employee asked me if I could wave an hour at the beginning of the day, and an hour at the end. They needed someone out there because Liberty Tax Service® was going public and wanted to cause a buzz. They also told me I would get paid extra. This was perfect timing, because my wife was about to have a baby.
The next day, I got an email telling me to clear my schedule because John Hewitt wanted to take me to lunch. I’m not going to lie; I thought maybe this was some kind of joke. I contacted my wife because we had lunch plans, and she told me it was business and that I should go alone. I wasn’t nervous, but I was curious when John and I started talking.
He asked me a series of questions. At the end of our lunch, he asked me if I had any questions. I asked, “What are we doing?” He said, “I don’t know what we’re doing yet, but there is one word that comes to mind when I think of you.” I asked, “What?” he said, “More.” I said “More?” He said, “More money, because I’m underpaying you.”
The rest is history. I am now the Guerrilla Marketing Coordinator for the northeast. John Hewitt has been a blessing. I thank God for allowing us to cross paths.
Author: Jake Vinluan
Bio: My name is Jake Vinluan and I am the Guerrilla Marketing Regional Coordinator for the Northeast. I have been at Liberty Tax® close to three years. This by far in my work career has been my most favorite job!