Exton Region Chamber of Commerce
ERCC Member Spotlight

Gary Altoonian

Altoonian Photography
Chamber Member Since 2019
Gary Altoonian Altoonian Photography
What do you enjoy most about your job or business industry?

Photography has been a passion of my since my Navy days. I am fortunate to be able to practice what I am most passionate about every day and finally figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. If you haven't reached that point, keep going until you do!

In what ways has your chamber membership benefited you and/or your business?

Meeting others who are as passionate about their work as I am. I have made and received many referrals with other chamber members. Once I have gotten to know other chamber members, I have made referrals to non-chamber members. I have enjoyed serving on several committees and being part of a team that brings a project or event to a successful conclusion.

How do you define success?

Being able to help others in any way I can.

What business challenges do you face and how do you overcome them?

Like many businesses, recovering from the pandemic.

What makes your business stand out from other businesses offering similar services or products?

That is best answered with our slogan, "Photography is our business, but capturing the moment is our passion!" We are always looking for the right photograph that presents our client or their product or creation in the best light. And that is what helps them grow their business.

What advice would you give a young professional starting out in their career?

When I look back over my career, I always had a two word job description "DO IT!" Whatever "IT" was. If a supervisor or senior person asked me to do something, I did it, regardless of whether it was in my skill set.

I learned about customer service working in my grandparents' grocery store starting at age 6. I learned the value of customer service and that served me well in all of my jobs.

No matter your level, EVERYONE IS IN SALES!

Find and work with a mentor. During my engineering days, I had two engineering Daddies who helped me learn what I needed to learn. The first one told me that I would be in a learning mode for quite a while. When I reached the point where I could share my knowledge and experience, it was my duty to pay it forward and help others. I followed his advice and still do, even with my competitors.

What’s something about you that most people may not know (favorite band, favorite food, childhood memory, etc.)?

I ran three marathons and did the Lake Tahoe century bike ride seven times.

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