Name: Myron D. Stoltzfus Sr.
Title: Business Partner & VP at Denver Wholesale Foods
Business Info: Denver Wholesale Foods started in 2006. We help companies when they have products they need to liquidate by buying and selling closeouts. We market the products to deep discount grocery stores, correctional facilities, and church co-ops.
How would you describe your work day to day?
Most of my interaction with vendors and customers is with email and phone. I start my work day by cleaning out my inbox in the morning. Throughout the day, I review product offerings that are submitted and work to sell current inventory. Sometimes I may try to sell large orders before committing the purchase of the item being offered to me. I make sure orders received go into inventory properly. At the end of each day, I send out a marketing email of our products received that day to our customer network.
How does your work reflect God’s work in the world?
I think being involved in and actually working in the business. I develop close relationships with people. I am honest and ethical in my actions. In our situation as a business, we help eliminate waste by offering companies fair value for their product. We can give end consumers 30%-70% off normal price.
Example: Some friends of mine that used to live near us moved to South Dakota. As a result, they can no longer shop at stores that we distribute to. Their grocery bill has doubled. That’s how much money we’re saving people.
How does your work give you a unique vantage point into the brokenness of the world?
Normal brokenness of relationships on a day to day basis. Nothing more unique than any other business.
Jesus commands us to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” How does your work function as an opportunity to love and serve others?
We love our neighbors as ourselves by providing good value for those on tight budgets. We also help companies by eliminating waste by giving a fair value for something that years ago would have had greatly diminished value as I mentioned earlier.
What is one piece of advice you would give to next generation leaders and young professionals?
Find something that you love, have a passion for, and go for it. But don’t let it consume you. Have a good work and life balance. It’s very easy to go all out in one particular thing while ignoring others. Prioritize them correctly.
Example: As a father, you are called to be prophet, priest, and king in your home and relationships. You cannot let any one thing overrule or overshadow the others. You cannot excuse yourself of the responsibility of being a good husband or working faithfully at your job. Balance the different facets and bloom in them.