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Meet Tamie Wahle of ATW Equipment

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tamie Wahle.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my company about 10 years ago. I had been working in the Import industry for almost 20 years, and decided it was time to go out on my own. I started with nothing but a laptop and a desire to be successful. It has not been easy, and still isn’t, but I enjoy what I do.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No it has not been a smooth road. There were times when I went months without any sales. Sometimes my customers were not happy with the products they received and I lost money, and it is not easy working with people from other countries due to language barriers and time differences. Sometimes people can be very negative, and that is a HUGE hurdle to overcome.  You have to be much disciplined to work like I do.  I do keep a very strict schedule, or try to, but you also have to be very flexible.  My customers are throughout the US, so not only do I deal with the international time differences, but the domestic time changes as well

ATW Equipment LLC – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My company is an import sourcing company. I do not have one product that I specialize in. My motto is “If you want it, I will find it or produce it”. I have many different products I currently produce, or have done in the past. I do or have done everything from Pole Anchors, Shackles, Manhole Covers, Fasteners, auto parts, phone case covers, cremation urns, yoga mats, fitness equipment , bearings, axles, coffee cups, water bottles, silverware, jewelry and even a very unique product called “Hoofies”. Think my business is unique because I give very personalized customer service, and I will find what you want.

As if ATW does not keep me busy enough, I have also started blogging.  (I hope to turn this into a podcast eventually) but for now, I am learning how to blog as well.  If you would like to read my blog.  http://www.tamiesjourney.com/ you can see a few of the things I blog about.  This was going to be a travel blog, but then, I am very into fitness and eating healthy, so I kind of swerved into blogging about that as well.  I do this as a way to get my mind off my work for a little bit each day and also, I want to grow the blog as a business also.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Making my first sale!!!!

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