Exclusive interview with Scott Hughes
Scott Hughes is a close partner at MyRCBox.com. In fact, I email Scott more often than any other person in the industry. With time, I think, we have developed a “kind” of mutual friendship. He always takes the time to answer my questions. I don’t know him personally but I think he is the kind of guy who is passionate by his work and by R/C. I’ve always heard good words about him. His recent move to Axial Racing took us by surprise. So, I have decided to ask him few questions…
MyRCBox.com: First of all, welcome back to MyRCBox.com. For you this is a lot of changes in your life in a short time. How are you doing?
Scott Hughes: I’m doing well, thank you. The first two weeks at Axial have flown by. A great team, great people and I’m looking forward to the coming weeks and getting more settled in.
MyRCBox.com: You have been with Pro-Line for the last twelve years. For many racers and bashers, Scott Hughes is synonymous with Pro-Line and vice versa. What are the reasons for your move to Axial?
Scott Hughes: My reasons to move to Axial were to have new opportunities and new challenges. I was with Pro-Line for 12 years. They were fantastic years and I could not have grown the way I did if it wasn’t for Todd, Tim, Jessica, John, Martin and the whole team at Pro-Line. I’m grateful for all that we achieved together but I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my professional life with Axial.
MyRCBox.com: Axial is a pioneer in rock crawling and trail trucks. If we consider all you experience in the RC industry. What impacts you will have at Axial? (I know it sounds like an interview question!)
Scott Hughes: My impact at Axial will hopefully be positive with everything we do and all those people I work with daily. My title and main responsibility is sales. As the Global Sales Manager I’m working closely with Jeff, Randall and the whole team to strengthen our relationship with our international and domestic distribution partners along with increasing our sales pipeline. My background in marketing, product development and customer service also provides some further insight to the team at Axial as well.
MyRCBox.com: Before you left, I wrote you on Monday and on Tuesday someone else replied me telling that you had left PL. This surprised me. Was your move something spontaneous or this was something you were thinking of for awhile?
Scott Hughes: The move is something that took me a sometime to think about and pursue. The decision was very difficult to make. I’ve made some amazing friends and achievements throughout the years at Pro-Line and I didn’t want those friendships or achievements we made lost. I had a clear plan discussing my move with Todd and I couldn’t be more thankful on how Todd responded. We reflected on some of our great memories together during our discussion and we left each other with a sense or reassurance and gratefulness.
MyRCBox.com: I know you have competed at many crawling events in California. Will you compete more frequently in such events in the near future now that you are with Axial?
Scott Hughes: Competing in and being a part of events is what I love to do. We have a series of events that leads up to a championship. I will be competing in each event along with Brad Dumont and Brandon Coonce. Our crawling series is geared towards the pro driver, the expert driver, beginners, and to women-50 percent of the demographic that we’re missing in the industry.
MyRCBox.com: There are few rumours on the web concerning a new Axial 1/8th buggy. What are your comments on such rumours?
Scott Hughes: Hmmm…most people know me in that I believe “loose lips sink ships.” So, my lips are sealed. You’ll have to stay tuned into www.axialalerts.com for more info.
MyRCBox.com: I know if you tell me, you’ll have to kill me but do you have a scoop for us? Any new products on the way?
Scott Hughes: All I can say is there is a laundry list of great stuff coming. The team at Axial is dedicated to quality, performance, and innovative features. From what I’ve seen a lot of people will be excited for what is to come.
Scott, continue your good work and good luck at Axial
Thank you Sylvain. It’s always a pleasure to connect with you and your readers. All the best – Scott.
For more information on Axial, visit www.axialracing.com