Tyler Samson sells commercial real estate during the day, then travels roughly 30 miles for his other job as general manager of the Edgar Bar.
This burning-the-candle-at-both-ends routine can translate into 80-hour work weeks for Samson. But he’s used to being busy.
“Through college I was going to school full time and working full time,” said Samson, who is a commercial real estate agent for NAI Business Properties. “I’m the kind of person who has to be constantly doing something or I get bored.”
Despite being situated in a town with a population of around 100, the Edgar Bar has a solid following in Carbon County.
“We definitely have good local support from farmers coming off the fields. It has become part of their daily routine,” Samson said. “It’s a neat little valley, and we’re getting people from Joliet to Bridger. We’re almost part of people’s families right now.”
Samson remembers taking an interest in real estate at a young age. “I begged my parents to take me to open houses, and I always read a lot of real estate magazines,” he said. “I love helping people with their investments. There’s nothing more satisfying than helping somebody get their business started.”
He said working at Walkers Grill in Billings gave him a solid understanding in how restaurants are run. One of Samson’s first listings was for the Acton Bar, which sold fairly quickly.
Consequently, he has taken a particular interest in listing restaurants. Among the nine restaurant listings he’s carrying, four are in Carbon County, one is in Stillwater County and one is in Circle.
“When I talk about restaurant properties, I still get goosebumps,” he said.
What’s the biggest challenge you face in your job? I would say the biggest challenge in both of my jobs is making sure everyone is completely satisfied. I am OCD, and with that, I want everything to be as perfect as it can be. Whether it is making sure each and every client is 100 percent satisfied, or that each guest at the restaurant leaves overly happy. I read a quote by Danny Meyer (restaurateur) “Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard.”
What’s the best business advice you have received? My Dad told me many years ago “You have to be aggressive in life, because no one is going to hand you anything. If you don't want something badly enough, then you don't deserve it.
Who gave you that advice? My Father
Here’s what I’d like to do to improve my community: I think it is very important to be active in the community you live, and try and give back as much as you can. I joined Rotary for that very reason, which has helped me become aware, and it will give me the tools to give back in my community where help is needed.
Outside of work, my biggest passion is: Besides work, I have a huge passion for the outdoors. I love being in the mountains riding four wheelers or mountain bikes, hiking, and skiing.
Which living person do you most admire? I admire my parents the most. They have both dealt with serious health issues the past 10 years, and they are the strongest people I know. When I was growing up, they both worked harder than anyone I know, and I feel that they passed that trait down to my sister Jen and me.
Aside from profit and loss, how do you measure success in your job? Helping others is how I feel that I succeed. If I helped someone exceed business goals, where it benefits them and their business, I feel that I have done a successful job.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I feel that my greatest achievement is getting to where I am in my careers, having people believe in me, and most importantly believing in myself.
I’m happiest when I’m…Surrounded by family, and with my friends racing down mountains on skis, mountain bikes, or four wheelers. Not too many people can truly say they are most happy when they are at work, but I can.