The Senior Vice President of Walmart, Samuel C. Dunn, came to visit and speak with students on campus on Thursday, Oct. 1.
He discussed his experiences throughout his career and gave advice to those working towards entering the work force.
Dunn joined the Walmart team in 1987 and has served in multiple positions before reaching his current position. Before that, Dunn said he had never shopped or even been inside a Walmart
He became the senior vice president of Walmart December of 2012 and will be retiring at the end of this year.
Dunn shared his journey through his career from opening up his first store and having it lose $1,000,000 within the first year to opening chains of Walmart’s and Sam Club’s internationally.
He gave advice to those who were in attendance on how they can be most successful in the work force.
“Look for companies who value integrity,” Dunn said, “There are a lot of them out there who are trying to take shortcuts. You don’t want to be a part of that.”
Dunn said some of the best ways to be successful in the work field are to be flexible, keep reinventing yourself, change as the customer changes, believe that your job is the most important job in the company and focus on others.
“No matter what job you’re in, if you take your focus off of yourself and put it on others, that’s called servant leadership,” said Dunn, “You can practice it at any level.”
Dunn said he has had success because of the people who worked for him, rather than those he worked for.
Toward the end of the seminar, Dunn opened answered any questions the audience had. When asked how he balanced his work life and family life Dunn said, “Put your family first and everything else will fall into place.”
Dunn said he wasn’t always in balance with business and family, but his wife, Mary, always helped him find it again.
“If somebody were to ask me, ‘How do you measure your success?’ it really boils down to one thing for me,“ Dunn said, “And that is the fact that I have the most wonderful wife in the world and four of the greatest kids that you can imagine. It’s really your family, when it’s all said and done, that really matters.”