Richard Young, CFSP
What I do now: I am the owner of Young Equipment Solutions, a Manufacturer's Rep Company for Commercial Kitchen Equipment covering for LA, AR, MS, & TN; 7 Employees with offices in each state
My work/job consists of: Working in school, healthcare, restaurant and club foodservice operations to provide equipment to meet operational requirements. We represent 20+ companies that manufacture furnishings, ventilation systems, cooking, heating, holding and serving equipment and supplies.
How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS): My pursuit of a degree was interrupted by military and family obligations. I needed to attend a local 4-year university and LSUS in order to work and go to school.
Fond Memories of LSUS: My tenure at LSUS did not permit me to do much more than attend class. My fond memories are of time spent in Dr. Vince Marsala's Louisiana Government class. Dr. Marsala was also my advisor and was very helpful in shaping my thinking about my future.
LSUS faculty who helped me: Dr. Vincent Marsala and Dr. Bob Benefield
How LSUS helped me succeed: Provided me with an excellent education and exposed me to people who could help me in ways not found in the previous educational institutions I had attended. It was clear that the faculty and staff were there to support the students in preparing for life.
Advice to college-bound students: Make your decision based on more than what your friends are doing. Talk to more than just students. It is the faculty and staff that provide what you are paying for not fellow students. Be serious minded about what you want to do and understand all of your alternatives for acquiring skills you can use to be successful.
Advice to someone who wants to enter my field: Sales and marketing skills can be acquired, but what you are selling and marketing will require in-depth training. Learn your business from someone in that business. Keep current and never stop learning.
Tips on choosing a major or career: Do what you enjoy. If you don't know, there are ways to find out what you want to do. Make it YOUR decision.
My toughest professional challenge: Starting a business from scratch after working for others for 25 years. It took twice as long and cost twice as much than I originally projected. It was very lonesome covering 4 states alone.
My toughest personal challenge: Maintaining faith in myself. I realized that I must rely on my Faith rather than me.
Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life: Eleven Sales Performance awards from several companies we represent. Plaques and trophies are nice, but it is the relationships with people who work with us that are my reward.
I've learned this from life: Faith, family and friends are what life is about. I am married 42 year, with two sons, a fabulous daughter-in-law, and Noah our precious grandson. Without my Christian Faith as the foundation, there would be few rewards.