SJF's Material Handling Blog
We recently thought it’d be fun to show you how our sales staff stays motivated on a Friday. Our very own “Rusty Iron Chef” Vance Haugen hows us how to keep the troops happy and well-fed with his take on scrambled eggs.
This Friday tradition has been happening now for some time, and Vance, Jason and Jim decided to give it the “Iron Chef” treatment. Watch now, as Vance begins to whip up some delicious breakfast for the SJF staff.
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Yesterday, Sam Sterner accepted the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. He subsequently challenged the SJF Sales Staff, and being as there are so many of them involved, we had to break out the skid loader to make sure everybody got a piece of the action.
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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, we’re checking in again with Rhonda Remer. Rhonda has been in sales for over a year and from time to time, we like to get her perspective on how her journey in material handling sales is coming along.
In July, I was $2,000 shy of the coveted $100,000/month mark in sales. It would have been my second time to hit the milestone. I was initially a bit deflated but then I decided to step back and look at things from a different perspective. What have I learned? How much progress in my new position have I actually made? I will focus on thePreview positive.
1: I have a lot more knowledge about material handling products than when I started this gig. I’ve sold many different kinds of conveyor, carton flow track, balers, cantilever, hoppers, safety equipment, totes and bins, and of course Pallet Racking and accessories. This leads right into…
2: My knowledge has value. A good way to gauge this is when new people start in the department. SJF recently hired three new Solutions Specialists – all with extensive sales experience. It is refreshing for me to be able to transfer knowledge on equipment and internal processes, as opposed to being the one who is asking all the questions. I realized that my Greenhorn status has changed – I’m no longer the ‘new gal.’
SJF just acquired an Olympic quality clay pigeon launcher so that we could offer employees the opportunity to burn off some stress after work by doing a little target shooting. The idea originally came about when a group of employees expressed in interest in shooting clays. Recently, SJF had the opportunity to purchase this high quality clay thrower and decided to start a friendly bi-weekly target shooting club.
This past week saw SJF’s employees getting together after hours to break in the new Atlas clay pigeon machine. Needless to say, there was no lack of verbal taunting during the inaugural event. By the time the sun started to set, several challenges were made and accepted which will (of course) need to be settled in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for more updates and photos.
Shown left, Dave Kieper brings more clay targets for the new Atlas thrower.
After an exhaustive search, SJF Material Handling (Winsted, MN) has hired three new solutions specialists (sales staff). These three are stepping into some pretty big shoes that were recently vacated by a couple of other very prolific sales staff. We sincerely wish them all the best and are looking forward to seeing what new skills and talents they can add to our growing family at SJF.
Eric Thovson comes to us with an auto sales and marketing background, and is very active in his community.
Thomas Moore has previous experience selling Skid Loaders and Compact Mini Skid Loaders and enjoys working with his cattle on his farm.
If you call in and talk w/one of these gentlemen, please welcome them, and wish them luck in this new endeavor.
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.
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