Sound Technology’s former guitar product manager, Mark Smith, has hopped back over the counter after ten years with the UK distributor to rejoin Jeff Pumfrett at his World Guitars store in Stonehouse, Gloucester.
Smith started working with Pumfrett when the latter was still the owner of the Machinehead guitar specialist outlet in Hitchin some 18 years ago. “He came in and asked for a job,” recalled Pumfrett. “I told him I didn’t have one, but then Smithy said he would work for very little, so I hired him straight away. I took him on for three months and eight years later he was still there.”
Sound Technology offered Smith a job at its Letchworth head office and Pumfrett told him it would be a good move.
“Working with Sound Tech was really valuable experience and I enjoyed it, but it’s great to be back in retail,” remarked Smith. “I’ve come round full circle, but it is really exciting to be at World Guitars – this has to be the best looking shop in the UK.”
The Smith and Pumfrett met a few weeks ago and the suggestion was put forward that Smith might like to return to retail. “It was as simple as that,” said Smith.
Pumfrett concluded: “Together with Mark and Bruce Bennett, I now have exactly the team I have always wanted since I started World Guitars and I am genuinely delighted – what’s more, Smithy is much better with computers than me, so I’m hoping I won’t have to wrestle with them any more.”