Who knew surfing was so popular in Portland Maine? Given the chilly water temps (59 degrees) and the fact that it is winter 10 months of the year (OK, maybe only 9 months...) we thought the concept of a surf shop being successful was quite interesting. Enter owner and founder of Maine Surfers Union Charlie Fox: Charlie told us the story of what makes his business unique, how he retains and gathers new customers, and how social media has helped his business grow. Students enjoyed hearing his story, asked questions and even got some fun new stickers with the super cool logo:
We enjoyed hearing all about the surfing industry in Maine, and we look forward to visiting the shop when we go back into Portland on Monday. Charlie stayed around to answer student's questions. He will be back as one of the "sharks" for the pitch presentations next week.