On Starting the Merchandising Department

Claude Harris

Senior Vice President, Market Research, Retired

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Early in his 23-year career, Claude Harris impressed Sam with his ability to manage his personal finances. As a result, Sam promoted him to store manager, where his skill and temperament led him to great success. From there, once growth necessitated a general merchandise manager, Sam again promoted Harris. Harris was impressed by Sam’s high level of integrity from the start. He never once signed an employment contract while with the company. A handshake from Sam was all he ever needed.