David Nelson, Head of Finance and Operations at Textile House, is celebrating ten years with the company. On theme with all things ten, David answers ten questions from Nicole Tattersall, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, about changes that have occurred within the past decade, career advice, and the future of the outdoor apparel industry.
Q. What have you enjoyed most about working at Textile House?
A. Working with great people.
Q. Over the 10 years you’ve been at Textile House what has been the biggest change you’ve seen in the outdoor clothing industry?
A. Online and major retailers changing customer offerings and customer channels.
Q. During your time at Textile House, what has been one of the biggest changes within the company?
A. The change to a values based organization and company wide training. Has changed people skills and mindsets.
Q. To date what has been one of your biggest achievements whilst at Textile House?
A. Helping plan five year plan and then executing the first two years.
Q. What inspires and motivates you in your work?
A. Being world class, and making it easier and better for your team and customers.
Q. At Textile House we believe in finding balance, and are real people doing real things. What do you do to ensure balance in your life?
A. Play with my kids, learn Spanish and travel.
Q. If you could give one piece of advice to yourself when you first started at Textile House what would it be?
A. Inspire and focus on helping people, and the rest will follow.
Q. Describe your role as Head of Operations and Finance in three words.
A. Helping people with their goals.
(Okay, that’s more than three words, but because it’s such a good answer we’ll let you get away with five words)
Q. What changes do you see in the near future in the outdoor clothing industry?
A. Real disruption through fast fashion and agile startups.
Q. What’s an inspirational quote you live by? Why?
A. First start with why ?