As one of the first friendly faces from the Distinctive team a retailer meets, our Territory Managers are one of the key communication lines with the wider Distinctive team, and for this month's edition of Meet your Distinctive team, it's the turn of our Territory Manager for the West Midlands, Sam Luxton.
How did you get started in the flooring industry?
The flooring industry has been in my family for years. Dad was the MD at Headlam, so I was introduced to the industry through him really. I suppose I’m following in his footsteps. College and academia never interested me, so after I finished school, I started working in the warehouses at Headlam unloading vans. I progressed to the offices, eventually going out on the road as a sales person. Here, I feel I found my calling. I love the freedom of being out on the road yet knowing there’s a team of people a phone call away if you ever need them, who are all working towards the same common goal.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I always start the day off with breakfast. I’m a bit of a keep fit freak so nutrition is super important. I tend to have a high protein shake, then I’m out the door. I have a journey plan that I follow which allows me to call on customers regularly, update accounts and keep up to date with competitor activity in the market place. In between calls, I make sure I grab lunch and keep plenty of snacks in the car – I’ve been accused of getting ‘hangry’ if I’m peckish! Once I’m done for the day and signed off, I head down the gym for a workout.
What do you enjoy the most about working at Distinctive Flooring?
I love the fact that I’m working for a brand. The developments at Distinctive were what excited me at interview and six months in, it keeps getting better and better. We’re just starting the launch of two ranges into the market place and it’s sooo good seeing customers reactions to the new things we have coming out.
What features would you say make a strong team?
I think having a common vision and believing in what you are trying to achieve. We have a relatively small team at Distinctive but each person knows how important their role is in relation to the bigger picture. We’re like a little family and its great to know you can pick up the phone and that there is no such thing as a stupid question!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
If I’m not working or eating, I’m in the gym! In 2018 I entered my first body building competition. It took a lot of dedication and fake tan to get to this point! I’m not sure I’ll do another, but never say never.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Life isn’t about every breath you take, it’s about the moments that take your breath away.
What’s your favourite #DesertIslandDistinctive?
Allowing my inner Bear Grylls out; I would take Landscape with me. This is our new 0.7mm showcase range which have slightly longer and wider boards. I could very easily build a shelter. However, what are we doing for lunch? Can we get Deliveroo out there?! Are you stuck for some inspiration for your latest project? Discover our range of collections here, or head to our Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for some design inspiration.