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My first full time day on NWFA!

Discussion in 'Questions, Problems, & Feedback' started by Joe Link, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    After giving a two month good-guy notice at work, the day has finally arrived - My first full time day working on Northwest Firearms!

    Most of you who will see this remember the original thread here:

    http://www.northwestfirearms.com/threads/i-quit-my-job-what-this-means-for-nwfa.167795/

    I wanted to make this post to thank everyone for their support in that thread and in the future. During those two months there was a lot of anxiety over the decision. Though I knew I made the right choice, it's never easy throwing stability out the window to pursue your dreams. Many times over those two months I referred back to that thread to calm my nerves.

    At the top of my three page NWFA to-do list is making the site more user friendly for those of us who are more technologically challenged. I want to make sure we knock down any barriers that may stand in the way from someone becoming part of the community. My plan to achieve this is a combination of design changes and the development of a comprehensive help system which will try to cover all aspects of the community.

    After that we will begin focusing on our primary goal, which is growing the NWFA community. My intent is to use every resource at our disposal to spread the word about who we are, what we do here, and the goals of this community. I want to remind everyone that NWFA has never existed to be merely an internet forum, but a catalyst for positive change for firearm owners of the Northwest. If you haven't read our Mission Statement in a while, you might want to do so now. For this task I'll be calling on the help of each of you to do what you can to spread the word and become as involved in our outreach efforts. As large as this community is, the fact that maybe one in five people I talk to have heard of us tells me we've only scratched the surface!

    Again, I just want to share my appreciation for you guys and what we've built here together. This isn't my community, this is our community, and it's exactly what we make it. I couldn't be more excited about our future together.

    Cheers,
    Joe Link
     
  2. Blackcobra

    Blackcobra Camas Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Thanks for your dedication and commitment to improving the site!
     
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  3. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Awesome Joe. :s0115:

    I think everyone will agree with me in wishing you all the luck in the world. But be careful, don't get burned out on us.
     
  4. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Thanks guys, I'll do my best!
     
  5. ThePhonMan

    ThePhonMan Spokanistan Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Joe,

    Congrats on starting the next major chapter of your life. It might not seem stable but it will sure be interesting. :)

    On a side note about outreach and awareness…

    I was in a local gun store picking up my TiRant45 suppressor the morning the SBR bill passed and mentioned it to the guy at the counter. Immediately a half dozen of his coworkers (and several customers) asked me how I knew this to be true. I sighted NWFA as my source for all things NW gun related. They jumped on the store’s computer and confirmed what I had just said. A few minutes later the storeowner stated that the lobbyist they had been working with in Olympia hadn’t thought to call them and tell them the great news and thanked me for the info.

    I was a little surprised that none of these folks seemed to be aware of this great resource (NWFA) so I have made it a mission to tell all the gun owners I encounter that they NEED to take advantage of this resource and get involved.

    Looking forward to more great things to come from NWFA.

    Brian
     
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  6. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Thank you Brian, this is exactly what I'm talking about. I'll be setting aside funds for another run of NWFA business cards soon, along with enough to cover shipping to those willing to hand them out. It's incredible we can be as large as we are and still have so many people who have never heard of us, but that just tells me we have a ton of work to do :)
     
  7. SPQRR

    SPQRR Mulino/Molalla Area. SIC VIS PACUM PARA BELLUM.

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    Hello Joe, Congrats on your decision. Godspeed on your new path!

    Regards,
    Ed
     
  8. Lilhigbee

    Lilhigbee SE Portland Visit Target550.com Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Joe, Our Carson gun show is this Saturday. If you can get me something to hand out I will gladly do so.

    Korey
     
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  9. ThePhonMan

    ThePhonMan Spokanistan Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Joe,

    Not to add to your To-Do pile but…

    If you can come up with a one-page PDF “flier” that we could print out or email to people I’d be glad to start handing out/emailing people NWFA propaganda.

    Brian
     
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  10. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I won't have the cards until this next weekend, but I'll try to get some up to you before the next one.

    Added to the list, thanks :D
     
  11. ThePhonMan

    ThePhonMan Spokanistan Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Once your business card template/order is ready to submit, perhaps you could let us all know.

    I’d be happy to kick in some cash to get a stack for any of us on the Spokane side of the mountains to hand out. I’m sure I’m not the only one too.

    It's usually cheaper to place a huge order than smaller chunks at a time.
     
  12. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Thank, much appreciated! I'll be ordering 10,000 or so.
     
  13. FlexFit

    FlexFit Tanasbourne Member

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    Congrats. I tell everyone I know :)
     
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  14. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hi Joe, good job, I hope that everything is a terrific success! The changes look good and when they're in place it should be a help to us all! SRG:D
     
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  15. SavageGerbil

    SavageGerbil Salem, OR Active Member

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    Day one of many, compadre, congrats.
     
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  16. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Congrats Joe! Looking forward to helping grow the community!
     
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  17. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    It's nice not having to put pants on to go to work!!!


    :)
     
  18. rsmccsman

    rsmccsman Hillsboro Go Blazers!

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    Good luck Joe I upgraded to Gold membership today in support!:)
     
  19. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Thank you for your support!
     
  20. freeman3911

    freeman3911 Portland, OREGON Member

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    man i've been a member for a few years now & the site has grown into something really awesome. good job