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Employee Spotlight – DJ Belden

DJ BeldenFor today’s Employee Spotlight, we return our beam back to the production shop.  We have some very talented employees who aren’t always in the forefront, but it’s important that the public face of our company (ie: sales & marketing) remembers that there’s many other guys behind the scenes who make everything possible.

DJ is a senior welder for SJF and has been with the company for approximately two years.  His work can be see regularly seen on the refurbished material coming out of our shop.  Let’s learn a little more about DJ.


Name:  DJ Belden

Position: Senior Welder

What’s DJ Stand for? Donald Jeffrey

What do you like most about working at SJF? The Versatility, I jump from project to project and each can be wildly different.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Watching Football, Motorcycling & Hanging with my Kids

What is your biggest pet peeve? People who can’t drive.

What is something about you that people would be surprised to know? I’m from California.

Employee Spotlight – Vance Haugen

Vance HaugenWell, 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.

Employee Spotlight – Lori Bachel

Lori Bachel

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.

Material Handling Myths, Monsters & Secrets

Hello, my name is Rhonda Remer, and being the newest addition to the SJF project sales team, I’d like to offer some inside perspective from the trenches. I have worked in online sales & support for 6 years and just recently started working in client project sales about four months ago. In my short time in direct sales, I have uncovered 2 simple truths. The first one, I had to learn. The second is a truth that I’d like my customers to learn.

First and foremost though, project sales is harder than it looks. And by hard, I mean time consuming. Don’t get me wrong, the lead opportunities are great at SJF. There’s no shortage of customer interest & quote requests. Whether it’s by phone or email, when I do speak with customers they don’t always know how to put into words what they envision in their minds. The back and forth translation of needs & wants takes a lot of time. There are days where I feel like a child on an Easter egg hunt with an eye patch and a broken hip. It’s not that we don’t have the equipment, (we have loads of equipment!) it’s just that with used equipment, having the exact material at the exact time a customer needs it can be a challenge.
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