Apr 8, 2019
Today’s show features Ben Pearlman, Head of State Government Affairs, Northern Region for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., where he manages operations in over 25 states. Lowe’s started as a small local store, growing to a Fortune 40 company and national retailer of hardware and home appliances, with 2,200 stores across North America and 300,000 employees.
“Especially when looking for jobs and internships in government affairs, any opportunity where you get to meet a lot of people very quickly, that is where I point people to go.”
“This is the most challenging role I have been in because there is no shortage of things to do and there is no shortage of things to learn.”
Ben breaks down some of the seemingly complicated jargon that lobbyist often use, and offers insight into some of the common trade associations in the retail industry. Working in government affairs for such a large company, Ben works on a range of issues from labor issues, consumer privacy regulation, to tariffs.
Ben recommends, “Before you go into government affairs, I suggest learning the business. If you have an interest in politics and you can learn the business, you will be better off.” With that being said, Ben suggests looking into the internships Lowe’s offers out of their corporate office, here.
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