Western Alumni builds a sucessful business: Clearwater Pump Service
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 20:04
David Parson, owner of Clearwater Pump Service, graduated from Western in 2003 with a B.S. in business administration. At the beginning of this year, Parson decided to take his knowledge from Western and his passion for the pump service industry and start his own business in Forest Grove, Ore.: Clearwater Pump Service.
“I feel in love hearing stories about my family from customers who remembered back 15 years. That is the kind of impression you can make with customers in this business. If you are honest, personable and treat people like you wanted to be treated, they will remember you by name 15 years later,” says Parson.
With the help of Parson’s sister, Kim Beeler of Beeler Marketing, the company will grow despite these tough economic times.
Beeler has been operating Beeler Marketing for over 10 years now and helps companies such as Clearwater Pump Service to promote their products and services.
Parson started his work in 1996 and continued during winter and summer breaks after starting college the 1998-1999 school year. After graduating in 2003, Parson worked in the industry full time at a family business before forming his own business.
Clearwater Pump Service specializes in the maintenance and installation of well pumps, irrigation pumps, water filtration and water quality issues.
The residential and agricultural services provided by the company include free water mineral testing, free estimates, water portability and flow tests, trenching, 24-hour emergency services and a standard five-year warranty on new installations.
“The most common service calls include loss of water or water pressure, as well as concerns about water quality such as stains, discoloration, taste and smell,” states Beeler.
While at Western, Parson learned many skills that aided in building his business.
“The best things I learned from [Western] were time management, being creative with business ideas and problem solving. I would say there were a couple people who inspired me. The first was Minahan, who was the Assistant Dean at the time,” said Parson.
Minahan helped Parson get into a math class he needed to graduate when Western insisted he had to take prerequisites from Chemeketa before enrolling in MTH111 at Western.
Minahan was able to make a few calls and get Parson into the class he needed, which, to the delight of Minahan and Parson, he passed with a B, enabling him to graduate without taking unnecessary classes.
“Another [who helped] was Kurtis Kidd, the athletic trainer. I played football while at [Western]. He really had a thankless job; long hours, travel time away from his family and, of course, whiny athletes to take care of. Even with that, he always treated us like family. He took a personal interest in our lives, and he was always concerned with our wellbeing, not just as athletes but as people,” said Parson.
If you have any questions about Clearwater Pump Service, please contact David Parson at 971-207-5895, or contact Kim Beeler at email@example.com.