dcsimg

Career Story: Manager Of A Retail Lighting Store

Manager Of A Retail Lighting Store

Job Title: Retail Manager

Type of Company: I work at a retail lighting showroom that sells lighting for residential and commercial applications.

Education: BS, Bentley

Previous Experience: I was in banking for eight years before rejoining our family business.

Job Tasks: I am a retail lighting showroom manager for a family business. My job consists of helping in most aspects of the business. I not only am a salesperson on the showroom floor, but I also am responsible for placing all customer orders, refreshing the display merchandise in the showroom and deal with vendors regarding purchasing discounts and freight claims.

Another important part of my job is advertising. Every month I work with sales reps from magazines and newspapers and create ads that will bring customers into our store. And I am constantly dealing with employee issues and schedules.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is seeing our customers satisfaction at the help we've given them with the lighting for their new home or remodeling project.

Some clients find lighting overwhelming and we have over 75 years experience total between our employees and we can help the customer determine what finish and style is the right fit for them.

Job Tips: My first tip is to make sure you have taken all the courses offered by the American Lighting Association. These courses can help you understand all aspects of the lighting field. It's not just about style; you have to take into account brightness, foot candles, and energy savings.

Additional Thoughts: You also have to make sure you attend at least one lighting convention per year. This will keep you up-to-date on all lighting trends and give you credibility with your vendors. When the vendors can meet you in person, it makes it much easier to deal with them once you have gone back to the showroom. They have now put a face beside your name and that is crucial, I've found, in running your business successfully. You can talk on the phone or email all you want, but you have to talk in person with business managers and vendors. It gives your business an identity. This is very important.

Popular Schools offering Management Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Lower Tuition Cost Than Many Other Universities.  Classes Start Soon.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Management, Master of Arts in Human Dynamics, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Associate

Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County.

  • Programs: Online Master of Business Administration Project Management Concentration, Online Master of Business Administration Management Concentration, Online Master of Business Administration Cybersecurity Concentration, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: DBA in Project Management, AA in Business, MA: Executive Leadership, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Associate, Master

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Management (MSM), Business Administration - Organizational Management (BS) (Online), Business Administration (AS) (Online), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Associate
Golden Gate University
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara

Since 1901, Golden Gate University (GGU) has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing education in accounting, law, taxation, and business-related areas.


  • Programs: Business/Management, Business/Management/Operations
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Doctorate

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) recently received state approval to enroll students with little to no prior college experience. To help ensure student success, the university has created a program especially for these students who plan on starting their college experience for the first time with us.

  • Programs: MS - Management, MS - Organizational Leadership
  • Degrees: Master

Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.

  • Programs: Online Master of Business Administration
  • Degrees: Master
  • Programs: Online Master of Business Administration
  • Degrees: Master

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management, Bachelor of Arts in Business - Business Management, Master of Management, more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor, Master

Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Degrees: Bachelor
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about General Managers, including:

Back to Top