Name: Seth Damoose
Hometown: Rapid City, South Dakota
Title at GRM: Technical Sales Manager
Branch: Grand Rapids
Time working at GRM: 10 years this April
What is an average day of work like for you? Busy. There is a lot of communication with customers on the phone, through email, and in person. Interactions with manufacturers, service managers and technicians internally. There are still moments spent on the phone with technicians from both sides of our business that I spend assisting with troubleshooting. There is never a dull moment in my days. The only real “down time” I experience is driving from place to place, and really how relaxing is traffic?!
What originally got you interested in the work that you do? The challenge. I love the hunt for new customers and new solutions. The idea that I can help grow this company into something amazing is quite intoxicating for me.
What is your favorite part of your work? My favorite part would be the interaction with the customers. Finding out that they need a solution to a problem, and then helping to get them there.
If you weren’t in the business of metrology, what do you think you’d be doing? I am doing it simultaneously. I work in comic books. I have been writing and drawing comic books for 14 years now. I’ve been fortune enough to have everything I’ve work on to be published and distributed worldwide.
What are some activities you enjoy when you aren’t working? Spending time with my wife and daughter, without whom I would not be who I am today. They keep me grounded and humble as well as push me to be a better person.
What is your favorite childhood memory? When I was little, I was a sickly child that missed a lot of school. Being raised by a single mother made it difficult to be sick as there was no other option for me, so I went to work with her. For much of my youth she worked in advertising for a local newspaper, so I spent my days with my mother in the car. While she went in to talk with her customers I would stay in the car wrapped in blankets reading comic books. When she would return to her office, she would let me assist with the layouts of the advertisements in the newspaper.
What is your favorite food? Cereal. I could eat cereal for any meal.
What are some of your favorite movies? The Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies made quite the impact on me as a youth, and I’ve loved watching them and now sharing them with my daughter.
What are some of your favorite musicians/bands? I’ve always been a fan of “classic rock”. Led Zepplin, the Doors, Rolling Stones, CCR, David Bowie, Queen and the like. As I grew into my own, I gravitated towards Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains.
What is your favorite place to travel to or visit? Northern California. I am absolutely enamored with the San Francisco bay area.
What is something you find unique/interesting about yourself? I’ve always been told that the way I put words together is unlike most people. I have a specific way of phrasing things, and more than sometimes it throws people off guard. The process in which my brain puts thoughts together usually comes out of my mouth without a filter. This tends to make people uncomfortable.