It’s 7:30am in KEH land, however even though it seems like it’ll just be another day on the job, I know this day is going to be much different than most days working for KEH as head of purchasing. Today I am at a career expo, but not just any expo. This is not the typical set up a booth and talk to customers, partners and manufacturers. Today the expo I am attending is the Career Expo at Pebblebrook High School. Local and nationally known businesses set up booths in the gymnasium welcoming juniors and seniors to come talk to us all about what we do as professionals. We're able to discuss different career opportunities that exist in our respective professions.
At 8:00am the gym doors open! In come the first round of young, curious minds, including the wonderful ROTC students ready to engage. At first, I really had no idea whether the students would be intrigued to walk up to the one booth that had its table lined with vintage large format and old 35mm cameras.
Before I knew it, I was swarmed with youngsters asking questions and wanting to know the age range of the cameras I brought. They asked questions like,“Do people still use film?” or “Do you guys really still sell these things?” and of course I proudly answered YES!
These students were amazed at how much product and the wide variety we stock at KEH. We talked about all the different departments and positions we always have at our facility that keep the KEH world spinning. I shared a few stories about the treasure hunts my team has gone on to bring unique and rare collections back to KEH for resale.
What I found interesting was their love for instant cameras! There was a constant question, “Do you sell Polaroid's or Instax?” and that’s when the fun began! I broke out my trusty TL70 twin lens instant camera and quickly became the photo booth. The most fun part, aside from giving them the pictures we took, was they were picking up all the cameras I brought and asking good questions. They were interested, curious and excited about being able to essentially operate cameras from the 50s, 60s and current.
There was a sense of pride that this company, the world’s largest buyer and seller of used camera equipment, is right in their backyard. I left this event completely satisfied in knowing kids who are dabbling in photography in high school asked a ton of great questions. Students who really didn’t know much about cameras left more excited to learn and discover more!