Why Matt Gilmore Decided to Join the Family Business



Matt surprised (and delighted) his parents by joining their four-decade-old family businessMatt Gilmore has vivid childhood memories of watching his dad, Pat, get spruced up for work in the family store, Dunbar Jewelers. “I always liked seeing my dad put on a suit every morning,” he recalls. “It made it seem like going to work was very important.” Still, Matt never thought about joining his parents’ Yakima, Wash.–based business, let alone taking it over one day. “When I was 15, I?started doing things like mailings and cleaning and painting at the store,” he says. “But I was never pressured to join the business in any way.” After graduating college—then doing a stint in the trucking industry—the idea of working with his family became more attractive. “He really surprised us by calling us up and saying he wanted to be a goldsmith,” remembers Pat, a third-ge
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