To make the point across- I want to pitch to my boss over this winter that I take over his position.. When he's ready to step down So as some of you may know.. I'm just a Tech.. @ 32 years old . I started out 12 years ago with basically not even knowing irrigation systems existed. I fell in love with this kind of work because of the sheer day to day randomness that comes with it along with and also a privatized business that opened my eyes to the freedom of the working world. Although every job I had before had was some type of leadership/small management position , the corporate world is a lie to our personalities and you are essentially forced to be this fake robot person. With my Job I love being my own person without fear of getting in trouble . My determination , confidence, and enjoyment of the job has placed me in the position I have today. Through learning through others, trail and error.. classes ..certifications I've learned soo much .. Even today .. I reflect back often to Kiril's years worth of posts to his insane understanding of water hydraulics and plants and also Jim ( 1idejim) to his insane understanding of electricity and water . You two guys have helped me more then I can express... ! I am essentially the forefront of the company and handle many responsibilities for large aspects of the company. With a client list of over 12k customers (7k concurrent year to year) and only about 10 employee's .. We are very busy. So we are talking now probably coming close to a multi million dollar business. For me.. At Age 32.. making over $80k a year fixing sprinkler heads with very little college and life experience before hand I'm very proud of myself. I am comfortable with my wage even though I still know I sell my self short.. There are 2 gentleman that have been working here for 5-7 years longer then me and both are a good 15 years older.. Yet I'm still the forefront and have much larger responsibilities them then. As good as they are.. They don't have the drive that I do. My boss is 56 (Maybe 57) .. I Really don't see him doing this longer then.. 5 years.. 10 years max. Currently he oversee's the office and the tech's -. With 3 office people (4 including him) and all of the tech's... along with every other nightmare aspect of being a business owner. He hasn't touched a shovel in years.. From time to time he has made subtle hints.. " We need to clone you.. eventually I want you in the office .. " By the time he likely retires I will be Late 30's or Early 40's .. PRIME AGE. Understandably running a business is completely different then to being a foreman and fixing sprinkler heads. I know this won't be a easy task Basically I want to provide the perfect pitch to him that really locks him in without doubt or uncertainty and that I am committed to doing this. I want him to think without any extra thought that I am the guy to do this. A few factors - along with my boss at some point retiring - our front running office lady is due to go soon too as she is 61. My Wife is HR/ Payroll/ Accountant for 400 people with about 1/4 Union, 1/4 on prevailing wage and the rest regular.. So basically she does a crazier version of our front running office lady except deal with less customers front end . Although my wife likes her job.. because of a few higher woman up in the chain and the drama that they provide ( CEO AND CONTROLLER) .. She will never climb up in the company even though she could easily do their positions. . I would like to consider her as a pitch to take over our front running office lady . Also we have our own proprietary software using SQL server with Visual Basic programming- we have our own programmer that is the same age of 56-57. Obviously he doesn't want to do this much longer... Who takes over? ….. My boss has a family... with a Straight A 19 year daughter in college and a funny 13 year old boy .. The wife is now out of the picture ( She took all his cash on hand the other year but luckily not a portion of the company!) As far as business wise - there are no other family members that are close to the company. I don't believe my boss has any intention passing the torch for his family to run the show.. Yet I believe he wants the ability to provide for them all. Luckily I have a few years here to get my ducks in a row. At the time of this pitch I don't believe I want to ask to buy out the company- not only do I not have the assets/cash to do so, I know my boss enough that he won't be willing. This pitch would be a position takeover with a large transitional period of time of me running the show entirely until I do take over fully ( meaning buy out .. many years later)... Items I am considering in the pitch to help solidify this idea .. 1) A Business Management Degree ( Easy...!!!!except for taxes but thank god I have my wife) 2) Basic certification of VB programming ( Annoying.. but easy enough) 3) Wife taking over main office responsibilities Anything else you think I should do? Any suggestions ? Sprinklers I am not concerned about. It's running a business.. That's a totally different job.. I'm working on my speel . I'm still in the beginning works of it. Other then pitches I will have a lot of other things I will want to say about it too.