We had the good fortune of connecting with David Rykowski and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi David, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
As a non profit entity, all net profits go directly to the company’s medical and dental clinics, helping all in need to receive health care.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was recruited by President/CEO Yvonne Bell to participate in her vision to build a retail establishment that could produce revenue for their medical clinics. My history with managing car dealerships and bringing them to higher volumes of sales and customer satisfaction levels allowed me to utilize my talents in a much more meaningful way. Partnering with EVP/COO Dolores Martinez and her creativity for the fashion, store layout and design have helped the store become a retail destination in East County. We are proud of the fact that the community speaks very highly of our store and the unique finds for the home that we have, as well as our affordable, stylish fashion. The challenges we face are met with a team effort and a spirit of opportunity to solve, knowing good results don’t come easy. We want the community to know we are a fun and a visually exciting place to shop, with customer service and affordable quality fashion being the hallmark of our brand.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to various surf spots in the area, as that is my passion when not working. San Diego and Alpine have so much to offer, from hiking trails to lakes to Mission Bay and all the other world class attractions. There would never be a dull moment during their visit with me! And of course no visit is complete without a tour and shopping spree at the store SEEK+GATHER.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The CEO/President Yvonne Bell and the EVP/COO Dolores Martinez spearheaded the program and its growth. Without their guidance, support and creativity, this would not be the success it is today. Also, the customers who shop here and receive great value and fashion lead to our excellent reputation and continued expansion of our market.

Website: seekandgather.com

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