In the fall of 2008, Tara moved out to Salt Lake City while I stayed behind to finish my bachelors and bolster my resume. The plan was for me to find a job and move out to Utah once I graduated. However, I quickly found that job searching in a location 800 miles from my own was incredibly overwhelming. I felt as though I was throwing resumes into an endless void never to be seen by a human being.
Around April, I was beginning to get pretty discouraged. My search had been relentless, but I hadn’t received a single callback. One day at work, I was sourcing a component that just happened to be manufacturing in Salt Lake City. I excitedly told the sales guy named Will on the phone of my plans. I also told him of my floundering job search. He immediately reached out to me, encouraging my decision and telling me how wonderful Utah is. He said that he did not have an extensive knowledge of engineering jobs, but his brother, Dave, who was just graduating from BYU in engineering did, and he would put him in contact with me.
I was very appreciative of Will’s kindness, but I was pretty skeptical that this Dave guy would give some complete stranger in Nebraska that his brother threw his way the time of day, especially while preparing to graduate. Therefore, I was completely floored when Dave started emailing me a lot. He contacted every engineer he knew, and before I knew it, I had connections in most of the big tech companies in the area. He also answered countless questions of mine, ranging from local industry to what it’s like living in Mormon Central. It is safe to say the Marriotts made my job search significantly easier.
I don’t really keep in touch with Dave or Will, but thanks to LinkedIn, I recently learned that the brothers have teamed up with a few others and started their own company around a mobile bluetooth speaker that claims to be the thinnest on the market. The company is called Coverplay Audio. I can’t personally vouch for the quality of the speaker as I don’t yet own one (expected release March 2013), but the technology behind it is totally cool, and I think this product will go far. Furthermore, if these guys approach business the same way they approach life, this company will be one to keep an eye on.