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Customers, Coffee and Life Experiences: Damon West Shares His Story

Customers, Coffee and Life Experiences:  Damon West Shares His Story

Home Furniture Plus Bedding employees from SE Texas and South Louisiana gathered on October 5 & 6, 2022 at their Corporate Office and Distribution Center, in Lafayette, Louisiana. The 2022 Sales Summit offered employees a chance to learn and grow both professionally and personally with 2 days of motivational and sales educational training.  The inaugural event was a dream come true for Chief Executive Officer Tony Kemp, Chief Operating Officer Ross Dees, and President Dwayne Arceneaux. Under the direction of Theresa Brough, the 2-day event was centered around employee development and sales training. Each day employees from all 8 locations traveled to Lafayette for a day packed with inspiration, education, and team building.  


“Anytime we can offer our employees appreciation and opportunity to grow, we embrace it.
To be able to have Damon West share his message, in person,
with our employees is such a great opportunity” stated Tony Kemp, CEO. 


Damon West, renowned author, and motivational speaker kicked off each day with his inspiring Coffee Bean message.  The Coffee Bean message tells the story of how he overcame the struggles associated with drug abuse, a life sentence, and recovery. While in prison a very wise man taught Damon how to survive and thrive under the extreme conditions that prison life bears by living each day like a coffee bean. Damon is passionate about the Coffee Bean message and loves sharing how it changed his life for the better and how it can change every one of us, too. According to Damon, you have 3 choices on how you can live. One is like a carrot – when the pressures of life hit, the pressure changes you and you become soft (sad and weak).  The second choice is to be like an egg – when the pressures of life hit, you change into a person with a tough exterior, becoming hard (mad and mean).  And then there is the best choice - be a coffee bean! When you live your life like a coffee bean and handle each day’s pressure like a coffee bean would, you change the world around you instead of the world changing you (positive)!  Damon’s story has been featured both nationally and globally. The Coffee Bean, co-authored with best-selling author Jon Gordon, is a best-seller and a part of Forbes’ “Top Twenty Books You Need to Read to Crush 2020.”  


“Focus on what you can control. You control what you think,
what you say, what feel, and what you do.” Damon West 


Guest presenters were Katie Alexander from Tempur-Pedic and Heather Dejong from Wells Fargo.  Each day several of Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s top sales professionals and most experienced team members participated in panel discussions on a wide range of furniture and mattress sales related topics. 
Day one sales team panel members were:  Beau Derouen, Hannah Albers, Darren Spell, Jacob Ross, Ethan Weatherly, Casey Barnett and Matthew Burke Eastin.   
Day two sales team panel members were: Sharon Ford, Paul Le, Carl Hudson, Lisa Brittain, Jay Moon and Thomas Smith.   


About Home Furniture Plus Bedding: Home Furniture Plus Bedding is a furniture and mattress retail company that provides employment and career opportunities to over 300 dedicated employees. With 8 locations across the Gulf Coast (Baton Rouge LA, Lafayette LA, New Iberia LA, Lake Charles LA, Nederland TX and Beaumont TX), Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Distribution Center and Main Office is in Lafayette LA.  

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