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Saturday, August 7, 2010 @ 09:08 AM Karen Hood
In this issue:
* Perry Vinson, Taking the Red Bull by the Horns
* Money Saving Tip

*Great Benefit

* Handy Hint

*We are Building a Complete Original Design

*Blah, Blah, Blogs

Valley History 101 pop quiz: Who was the Hutton Settlement established in memory of and what was this person’s great cause?   Bonus question: According to what are the 3 top cities in America when it comes to ice cream consumption per capita?

(answer at the bottom of newsletter)

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Red Bull Gave Him Wings and Things

If someone had told me 35 years ago that my high school buddy Perry Vinson, who I worked with bussing tables at the old Golden Hour at U-City, would some day have his own restaurant in Liberty Lake, I would have never believed them. I would have been even more skeptical if they had told me that he would also own the local Red Bull distributorship.
As I visited with my old happy-go-lucky friend recently at his new place, True Legends, it occurred to me that his path to the present was all about keeping his nose to the grindstone while keeping an eye out for the next opportunity to seize.
Not being born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Perry worked at the Chapter 11 restaurant while getting a Business Administration degree from Eastern. He also got married and by the time he graduated he was the father of two kids. Deciding against going into management with Chapter 11, Perry took a job with the Southland Corporation as a management trainee overseeing three 7-Elevin stores in Kalispell, Montana.
“I made something like $17,500 a year at that first job,” he said. “I actually took a pay cut from what I was making going through college.”  While it was a job working for a big company and allowed him to use his degree, it did not pay enough to cover the bills.
“It got to where I had to hock my stereo each month to pay rent and then I would buy it back when I got paid,” he said, adding that finally during a month when his car broke down, he was unable to retrieve his stereo.

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