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Dustin Hunt Communication 2400 March 31, 2008 Anita Maddox Spicing Up Your Career Last Thursday night I went to see Alan Wilson, the CEO of McCormick & Co., speak about his career and his advice and tips at the University of Tennessee. When he began speaking he told a little bit about himself. He told us that he was the CEO of McCormick & Co. He also told us that he was University of Tennessee alumni and a huge Volunteer fan. He brought up the game we were playing that night and said that he was very superstitious. He was wearing an orange and white tie and said that if Louisville beat us then he would never be able to wear that tie again. He gained everyone’s attention by telling us that he would have us out of there in time for the game and enough time to stop by the store and grab a six pack of their favorite beer. After everyone laughed, he stated his thesis statement and told us what he was going to be talking about that night. His thesis statement was,” Tonight I am going to tell you about my experience in the business world and see if I can give you some advice that might help you during your experience in the world of business.” Then Alan said he was going to tell us a little bit about the history of his company, his experiences in business and how he got to where he is now, his advice in business, and then discuss and take questions at the end. When Mr. Wilson was telling us about his company, he pointed out that McCormick was the number one spice manufacturer worldwide. Alan also told us that
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McCormick & Co. is located all over the world; each location is the number one spice vendor in their region. They all might not be number one in the same category, but they are number one in a category that makes them stand out from everyone else. He said that is one of the keys to being successful in the business world. “Find something that you are number one in and let everyone know. People aren’t going to buy goods from you if they don’t know you are number one. That’s why we have been the leading manufacturer and supplier for so many years.”
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