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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.
Every year, SJF likes to treat our hard-working employees to a catered meal and awards ceremony to commemorate the accomplishments of a year’s worth of dedication. The year 2017 has been a particularly successful one for SJF, thanks to the dedication and hard work of all our employees, who work together each and every day to make sure our customers are our top priority.
We are who we are because of the men and women we call our SJF family!
SJF had some outstanding sales in 2017. All of our sales people sold over $1 million dollars worth of material handling equipment to our loyal customer base.
Winning the top sales award this year was Eric Thovson (ET) for the second year in a row, followed by Kendal Kalamaha and Jason Dieter. Way to go!!
We also like to celebrate anniversaries with the company and are proud that the majority of our employees have been employed with SJF for 10+ years. This year marked an important anniversary for one of our long-term employees, Dave Kieper, who has been with our company for an impressive 25 years. Thanks for all you do Dave!
More photos of our celebration
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.
Happy Mother’s Day to Our SJF Moms!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we would like to take a moment show off our lady employees in action during their “other” full time job – being a Mom. Here are a few pics of our SJF ladies with their children:
Please help us wish all of the Moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!