Lin Wright

Lin Wright, vice president of sales and marketing for Merchants Fixture

Title: vice president of sales/marketing for Merchants Fixture, a Hanover County-based maker and seller of wood cabinets and other fixtures for retail stores, offices and health care facilities

Born: 1978 in Richmond

Education: Benedictine High School, 1997. “I realized shortly after high school, attending some college, that it wasn’t for me. I attended numerous Dale Carnegie courses for sales and leadership. I attended John Tyler Community College for engineering/drafting classes.”

Career: worked in the family business (Merchants Fixture) through high school; server and bartender in a few restaurants from 1998 to 2004; business development for Petroleum Marketing Group, 2004-07; sales with Merchants Fixture, 2008-present

In which part of the metro area do you live: Midlothian

Best business decision: “Coming back to work for my family business and being able to work, learn and train under my father, George Wright, setting aside pride and realizing that: a) I really don’t know more than him, and b) he has a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience and respect in the community and industry. I was grateful and lucky to have him as a mentor. I always knew I wanted to work for the family business. I had to get past ‘working for my dad.’ I couldn’t be happier that I followed what I knew was right.”

Mistake you learned the most from: “Not finishing a four-year college program. I realized you can still get to where you want to be and obtain your goals, and there is more than one way to do so. Hard work and determination are just as important.”

First job after school: server and bartender at TGI Fridays.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “There was a time [many years ago] when I was more concerned with what ‘friends’ thought of me. I didn’t follow what I knew was right or wrong. I was more concerned with friendship status rather than my self-worth. I allowed myself lower expectations of others and self. I should have put more importance and higher expectations on me rather than worry what others thought or trying to impress the wrong people.”

Book/movie that inspired you the most: Book: “Start With Why,” by Simon Sinek. Movie: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” — “It taught me all I need to know about outdoor holiday illumination.”

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: “I enjoy history and truly dislike math.”

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