Moffitt: Glimmers of Greatness Gather

by Eric Denney on

True genius in sales and marketing isn’t made; it is born. Moffitt came from a Midwestern town that was too small to hide such brilliance. Explore with us the early days of Scott Moffitt’s dominance over the marketing world.

Born to working-class parents Lewis and Opal Moffitt in Jewel, Iowa, Scott was the youngest of three children. To keep food on the table, Lewis and Opal (or Lew and Ope to their friends) would send young Scott to Bouncing Babies Child Care during their triple-shifts at the Waffle House.

When Scott was three years old, he wanted to meet some new friends, so he put his latent Sales and Marketing skills to work. Within three months, Bouncing Babies was the busiest and most in-demand day care in Iowa and half of Nebraska, and baby Moffitt began to make the connections with stupider babies that would one day land him the opportunity of a lifetime at Nintendo.

Scott was able to cruise through elementary school on his marketing skills. His grade school, previously named Nathaniel Bedford Forrest K-5, was renamed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary during Scott’s 2nd grade year, largely because of his marketing influence. was able to track down Scott’s 4th grade science teacher, Mr. Pat Gilmartin. According to Mr. Gilmartin, “Scott was just an incredible kid. The things he could do with Marketing, or sometimes Sales, it would just knock my socks off. Hell, it would beat the leggings off the entire faculty. He was God-awful at science, though. Couldn’t tell a cockroach from a magnet. But when a kid can choice model like Scott could, who the fuck am I to judge?”

After completing elementary school, Scott went straight to Cooley Jewely High. Like all kids around that time in Jewel, Scott skipped grades 6 through 8 due to his own success of selling the middle school to the local junkyard. Despite never actually playing the sports, to this day Scott holds Iowa State High School Association records in Football, Baseball, Jamaican Bobsled, and Golf.

Brian “Mister” Wizard, Scott’s best friend during his high school years, recalls their Senior Prom: “Scott was, obviously, great with the ladies. He started the rumor that The Beatles were going to show up and perform. It was crazy, because it was 1967, when they weren’t even performing live anymore. But he just marketed it so well that I guess even The Beatles thought it was on. They showed up and played, in their Sgt. Pepper uniforms and everything. I think Scott missed it, though, because he was ‘marketing’ my date out of her dress.”

Once out of high school, Scott stopped joking around and became the juggernaut of Sales and Marketing that he is today, dwarfing all past achievements in a run of success that has now culminated with being named Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nintendo of America. Congratulations, Scott, and may we all remember that even humble Midwest nowhere towns can birth titans.