Archives: Employee Spotlight
After 14+ years, we finally decided to feature Matt Johnson, our resident SJF Engineer, in the SJF Spotlight. Matt is our Lead Engineer at SJF. He is involved in various stages of the sales cycle and is often called in to assist customers during and after product implementation. He also works with all departments and can definitely be called the “Go to Guy” for SJF.
Family is a priority for him. He has a wife, Alisa and two kids, Callen & Ella. In the summer he does camping and family trips. In the winter you can find him back on his hockey skates while coaching his son. He’s also a football fan, although his loyalties don’t lie with the Minnesota Vikings but with the (gulp) Green Bay Packers. We’re working on forgiving him for that, however therapy may be required… 😉
Name: Matt Johnson
Years at SJF: 14+
What do you like most about working at SJF? Every day is different. There are always new challenges.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Spending time with family camping, fishing and skating or playing hockey.
What’s your favorite day? Friday. I look forward to the weekend.
Biggest Pet Peeve? When people don’t listen well enough to retain information. People who complain about something but are not part of the solution.
Name something about you, that people would be surprised to know: I had hair down the middle of my back in Jr. High School.
What question would you like to answer that you didn’t get asked: Do you like being in the Spotlight? No. I don’t.
It’s not unusual to see him here in the office on a weekend or an evening and even then, he’s smiling. Having one full time position is enough for most people but Ed takes care of two departments, and important ones at that. I’m sure he wonders occasionally what he’s gotten himself into as Ed the HR Manager, but what keeps us on the straight and narrow is that we know he’s also Ed the Controller, who makes sure we get paid. 🙂
Name: Ed Salonek
Title: Controller and Human Resources Manager
Years at SJF: 11 years
What do you like most about working at SJF? I enjoy the mixture of accounting and programming\customization with Epicor.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Camping, watching Wild hockey, hunting with Mocha
What’s your favorite day? Saturday
Biggest pet peeve? Lazy people.
Name something about you, that people would be surprised to know: I like to work, got it from my parents.
Today in our Employee Spotlight is Jason Deiter, Senior Sales Specialist. Jason is our longest running Sales Specialist here at SJF, so it’s safe to say he knows the material handling business very well.
Jason is also a local celebrity (although he would strongly disagree with that statement and will probably ask for it to be removed). As a member of the local band Rize and as a solo musician, he’s in front of crowds singing his heart out and playing guitar on a regular basis. You would think that he would put on an impromptu show every now and then for the rest of the SJF employees but we’re still waiting for that day.
Title: Senior Sales Specialist
Years at SJF: 24 years
What do you like most about working at SJF? Flexibility, opportunity and coworkers.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Singing, playing guitar, camping, motorcycling, school activities with kids.
What’s your favorite day? May 9th. It’s my birthday and I took it off for the first time this year. I like it so much that I have decided to make it a habit. Everybody should take their birthday off.
Biggest pet peeve? Dirty dishes in or around the sink.
Name something about you, that people would be surprised to know: Though I fly, I am afraid to fly.
What question would you like to answer that you didn’t get asked? What is my favorite color? I have had 4 blue vehicles, 4 blue motorcycles and 3 blue guitars.
Today in our Employee Spotlight is Joe Bachel, SJF’s Yard Supervisor and Mechanic Extraordinaire. Joe is a man of few words, but lucky for us at SJF, he’s also full of unending experience and knowledge (and maybe something else 😉 ). He can fix anything!
Name: Joe Bachel
Title: Yard Supervisor/Mechanic
Years at SJF: In May it will be 23 years.
What do you like most about working at SJF? Never a dull moment.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Working on my “toys” at home.
What’s your favorite day? Friday
Biggest pet peeve? Having to re-do things.
Name something about you, that people would be surprised to know: Nothing, I am an open book.
Today in our Employee Spotlight is Rhonda Remer, SJF’s eStore Sales & Support Guru. Okay, her actual title is Sales & Support eStore Specialist, but those of us that work with her on a daily basis know that she’s our eStore Sales Guru!
Chances are that if you’ve ever asked a question about our eStore (via phone or email) or placed an online order, you’ve had the lucky privilege of meeting Rhonda. Rhonda has worn many hats over her 10 years at SJF… from shipping coordinator to direct sales to processing and customer service.
Name: Rhonda Remer
Department: eStore Sales & Support Specialist
Years at SJF: 10 years, this month.
What do you like most about working at SJF? I like the people, everyone in Sales has been super supportive, as I’ve taken on different roles here. And the ability to try and learn new things, lots of opportunity to grow.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Watching my son Remington play sports. I’m also somewhat of a movie buff and this past year I have become more active with my church. I balance it out with “Chill time” with my family.
What’s your favorite day? My Favorite day of the year is the day after Thanksgiving. My favorite day of the week is Friday… unless it’s football season… then Sunday!
Biggest pet peeve? Just one? The first thing that comes to mind is interrupting. Our society, conversationally, is really going down hill.
Name something about you, that people would be surprised to know: I’ve moved 37 times in my life. Yeah, and I’m only 50.
What question would you like to answer that you didn’t get asked: What one person is the biggest influence in your life? Hands down, my son Remington.
Years at SJF: 4
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Motorcycle Riding and playing with my dog, Molly.
Biggest Pet Peeve: When people don’t follow through with what they say they are going to do.
Name something about you that people would be surprised to know: I have been in sales my entire life. Starting when I was 11 years old, selling spices in Cub Scouts, and going to Mississippi to sell books going door to door. I loved it.
What question would you like to answer that you didn’t get asked? Are you Single? And the answer is Yes!
Well, it’s finally happened – our employee spotlight has shone its beam into the deep and dark world of our sales department. No matter the risk to body and soul, your intrepid reporter will brave this chasm of depravity and malfeasance* to bring you ever closer to understanding the people who make SJF tick.
Today, we get to meet Vance Haugen. Vance would be considered one of the elder statesmen of the sales department, having been here for over 7 years. Let’s learn a little more about Vance Haugen and what drives him to be one of SJF’s top-notch solutions specialists.
*It has been brought to my attention that not everybody would take this as the joke that it is. I truly like and admire all of my coworkers, but it’s always fun to give them a bit of a hard time – especially the sales guys.
Name: Vance Haugen
Years at SJF: 7.25 years
What do you like most about working at SJF? Working with my Associates.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Golfing and spending time with my Grandchildren.
What’s your favorite day of the week? Friday.
Biggest Pet Peeve? When I’m supposed to be somewhere and other people are holding me up.
What is something about you, that people would be surprised to know? I enjoy cooking.
Today’s employee spotlight introduces us to Lori Bachel. Lori is a finance machine! Any and all orders sent in to SJF will pass through her hands at least once.
The Sales guys give Lori a lot of flak, but she’s the one making sure that all of our ducks are in a row. Without Lori at the helm, we would be lost.
Name: Lori Bachel
Years at SJF: 2, but feels longer.
What do you like most about working at SJF? That the supervisors trust that I will get my work done without hovering over me and micro-managing. I also like that most everyone at SJF has a pretty good sense of humor and are forgiving when you’re having a bad day.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? I love to ride my motorcycle, it instantly puts a smile on my face. I also love hanging out with my kids, and doing most anything outside. Oh and if I get a free 5 minutes, a good book is great.
What’s your favorite day? Thanksgiving
Biggest Pet Peeve? People who start a sentence with “It’s Just… “ Instantly put my hackles up.
Name something about you, that people would be surprised to know. I hate getting out of bed. Even though I get to work bright and early, it a struggle. If I could, I would l live in bed, pay my bills there, eat there, watch TV there. I would stay in bed until I had bed sores.
What question would you like to answer that you didn’t get asked. What 2 foods would I have, if stranded on a deserted island and it is all I could eat forever? …. Jerky and Pizza Rolls.