When you peek behind the curtain of Uncommon Threads, you’ll find friendly faces who love their work. And Clay Martin, the Executive Sales Account Manager of Uncommon Threads, is no exception. After only a few months in, Clay knew that his new position was about more than selling chef clothes.
“One of the most memorable sales I‘ve made was to a customer who’s making a difference in their community by offering jobs to those who have never had one before due to cognitive or physical disabilities. He said that when these new employees received their embroidered aprons, they were ecstatic. It was a symbol of accomplishing a goal and starting a job. Listening to this customer’s story and mission for their company to understand “the why” of their purchase was a very cool experience.”
Clay also feels fortunate to be stepping into his role during the COVID-19 crisis because of the unique way he’s been able to serve his clients.
“I’m one of the few sales representatives in the industry who’s reaching out to customers and developing more personal relationships. Our owner, Scott, has always kept a large amount of stock on hand, which has been crucial to keep our clients thriving in this tough time, while other companies are having issues fulfilling stock requests. With a 99.7% fulfillment rate, we can ship any amount of any item to any restaurant in the country at the drop of a hat.”
Since it’s his first experience in a sales position, Clay is learning like a sponge, trying to soak up everything he can from data and his superiors.
But Clay also knows that in order to work hard, you have to play hard, too.
“I am a huge fan of games and competition. During the summers, I love to golf, run, and play beach volleyball. In the winter I play a ton of indoor basketball. I also love board and bar games. Pool, darts, bowling, shuffleboard, trivia, Settlers of Catan, Codenames, Wits and Wagers, Escape Rooms… you name it, I play it! And despite residing in Illinois now, I am a huge Wisconsin sports fan. Go Pack Go! Go Bucky! Fear the Deer! Go Crew!”