By Carla Thomas
For shoe shoppers, a trip to the salon shoe department at Nordstrom San Francisco Centre to be served by top salesman David Scott is a special treat.
Though Scott’s clientele includes Bay Area VIPs, he gives everyone the five-star treatment and has become a local celebrity himself. By creating happy feet he has been recognized as the store’s customer service all-star for the past nine years.
But Scott is not only a fashionista He is also a freelance journalist and performs as a comedian. “Chauncey Bailey (the Post’s late editor) inspired me to realize the power of Black media. While working with him at the now defunct Soul Beat Network in East Oakland, I was the Business Beat Anchor on Tuesdays,” Scott said.
A native San Franciscan, he grew up in Geneva Towers and Diamond Heights. His older sister Rhonda Scott still resides in the city along with his mother, a Muni retiree after 27 years of service.
“(My mother) always taught me to treat people the way you want to be treated,” said Scott, and his father introduced him to long-distance running. By the age of 13, he had completed a half-marathon.
In high school he ran cross-country and track at Balboa and McAteer. Afterward, he attended San Francisco City College and became a father.
“I was blessed with my first born Davina Renee,” Scott said. “As a single parent I joined the workforce at Burlington Coat Factory. Eventually, a very supportive customer persuaded Nordstrom to hire me as a stock room assistant.
It didn’t take long for the company to recognize his talent. “I hit the sales floor, and the rest is history,” he said. “Over a 15-year career I have over 3,000 customers who personally shop with me – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who loves Bruno Magli, Senator Diane Feinstein, actress activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, news anchor Barbara Rodgers, Wells Fargo’s Brenda Wright and CDA’s Cathy Adams, just to name a few.”
Scott’s retail successes include writing a blog for Nordstrom and participating in a national ad campaign that featured his life-size photograph as a “pacesetter “and “customer service all-star” for 9 years. The pacesetter title means Scott is responsible for the top 10 percent of sales volume for employees based on sales per hour.
“I thank the Lord for being a blessing in my life for all of my accomplishments with Nordstrom,” he said. “I am happily married to the love of my life, Rev. Phyllis Cassandra Scott, who I met 17 years ago in front of Target. When I approached her, I asked, ‘Where have you been all my life?’”
Scott conducts Bible study as a part of Angel’s Of Mercy at Excell Health Care Center for seniors and those with disabilities. He is also a Sunday school teacher for the youth at Tree of Life Empowerment Ministries.
“It’s a wonderful non-denominational church founded by my lovely wife Reverend Phyllis Scott. Come out and fellowship with us at 925 107th Ave. in Oakland,” he said.