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I interviewed Andrew Klamo who is my manager at my part time job in Ocean City during the summer, and also one of my best friends and biggest role models. The interview took place over FaceTime - me at my apartment in Philadelphia and Andrew in Ocean City working at his full time job as General Manager. Blitz’s has become one of the most important parts of Andrew’s life and has helped shape him into the man that he is today. This is a business that Andrew now runs and supports himself in life doing it

“Stay at Blitz’s Market and be my business partner.”

Andrew never expected to hear those words from his boss, Dave.

From register boy to General Manager of Blitz’s Market - Andrew couldn’t believe it. He always had a passion for business, and a particular love for working at the local deli and food mart in Ocean City, New Jersey. Andrew never could have imagined the journey that he was embarking on when he first applied to work there as a 14 year old boy, that would lead to where he is now.

Andrew loved the fast pace, hustle and bustle of the deli and grill during the summer, and he especially loved all of the summer time regular customers and employees who would return season after season. Each year, Andrew worked his way through the ranks of positions at Blitz’s rather quickly, and all of the other employees always turned to him for help.

“Without a doubt, Andrew is the best employee you’re ever going to have Dave. You’ll never find anyone else like him.” Nicole never hesitated to express her admiration of Andrew to their boss.

Dave’s wife, Joan, would always chime in to conversations about Andrew: “He is great all around - family oriented, passionate about the business, great with customers, and a great role model to the rest of the employees.”

As Andrew gained more knowledge as his college years went on studying Finance and Entrepreneurship, the more and more valuable skills he was able to provide Dave, and help improve the store overall. By the time Andrew was a Freshman in college, he had been promoted to the Assistant Manager of the 34th street location of Blitz’s market.

Before Andrew knew it, he was coming to the end of his college career. Dave had grown to rely heavily on him at work, giving him a heap of responsibility while also entrusting him with many important job duties. Before the end of his senior year, Dave began asking Andrew about what his post-graduation plans were. Andrew had not even realized that while he was so immersed in the work he was putting in at Blitz’s, he had not given much thought to what he would do after he graduated college.

Dave expressed to Andrew that he did not want him to leave Blitz’s; only having a culinary degree, he had grown very dependent on him. Andrew provided excellent knowledge and skills when it came to the finances of the company and how to properly run a business due to his rigorous college education.

What happened shortly before he graduated, which Andrew never expected, (although he had always secretly hoped for it) Dave asked him to become his business partner, and work as the General Manager of the Ocean City Blitz’s Franchise. Andrew couldn’t believe it. He felt extraordinary and over the moon about the offer and didn’t need to think twice before accepting.

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Summer, 2018
Blitz's Market, Ocean City

I interviewed Andrew Klamo who is my manager at my part time job in Ocean City during the summer, and also one of my best friends and biggest role models. The interview took place over FaceTime - me at my apartment in Philadelphia and Andrew in Ocean City working at his full time job as General Manager. Blitz’s has become one of the most important parts of Andrew’s life and has helped shape him into the man that he is today. This is a business that Andrew now runs and supports himself in life doing it

Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by nicole rizzo on December 7, 2018
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