What do you think makes T&C Surf different from other companies out there?
: I think we’re a true surf company. We live to surf and surf to live.
We actually live the lifestyle. When I first started out, trying to balance
surfing and working was hard. (chuckles)
: The biggest thing that differentiates us is we care about our
customers. We’re a locally based company, locally owned still, and customers are
important for us.
How have you evolved over the years?
: Everything just came slowly, growing from one store to two stores to
three stores. Today I look back and it’s kind of a blur. Once you have kids, you
realize that time goes by all too quickly. Everything fell into place and I just
managed to survive.
How do you feel about Ryan taking over the company you started?
: It feels really good to see my son take over. Being the person that
he is, he’s really self-conscious of what he’s doing. He’s a hard worker and you
have to be a hard worker to succeed. As an entrepreneur, you have to be willing
work so many long, thankless hours. You never realize how much work it is to
Ryan, how did you start working for T&C Surf?
: I started off working for T&C as soon as I was born. (laughs) I grew
up in the surf industry, in our stores running around making trouble. I’ve
touched a lot of aspects in the company - the stores, the warehouse, swept the
factory floor, management, buying, marketing. For me, it wasn’t a planned thing;
it was something that just kind of happened. Truthfully, it’s benefitted me,
especially now, to know different areas in the company.
What do you love about working with Hawaii National Bank?
: I like their good people and good customer service. They have helped
our business with the grand openings of all our stores, inventory needs, and