Business Profile for May 23 |

Business Profile for May 23

Name: Dennis Parrott, manager, Westin Oil

Name of business/address: 301 School St.

Q. What prompted you to open your business in Craig?

A. The owner actually came looking for me. I had sold my trucking business, and he wanted me to run this for him.

Q. How did you get into your line of business?

A. Trucking sort of led me in this direction. I work a lot now, but I am home every night.

Q. Describe your philosophy of being a good business person.

A. Trying to take each customer — big or small — and addressing their needs individually in a honest and fair manner.

Q. How do you define the role of your business in the community?

A. I don’t worry too much about other businesses. We just try to provide the best service to our customers.

Q. What’s the best part of your job?

A. Besides quitting time, it’s the people. I enjoy seeing people and sharing ideas.

Q. What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Remembering everything that I need to get done today.

Q. What advice would you give to a young person considering opening his or her own business?

A. A business like this — I tell them to run the other way. It takes a lot of time, lot of desire. I would not discourage anybody from opening a business.

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