Month: November 2019

Mike Benson, one of our hard-working warehouse team members from our Smock Distribution Center, was awarded the Warrior Helmet at our last ceremony. He was given the honor from his fellow teammate, Charlie Klink, who joked by saying that he was giving the helmet to “the second hardest worker in the room.” All jokes aside, Mike Benson is a strong asset to COE, who works hard for the company every single day. We took Mike away from working hard out in the warehouse for few minutes to discuss what this honor has meant to him

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Winning the Warrior Helmet meant a lot to me. I am not a person who needs personal recognition, but this recognition did feel good, and I am thankful for it.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

When it comes to choosing the new recipient, I look for someone who shows pride in their work. Someone who shows up every day, willing to work and get the job done.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has always provided a good environment to be a part of every day, with lots of good opportunities. I am thankful to work for such a great company.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

My goals for myself would be to keep coming in to work every day ready to work hard. By doing so, I will be a part of helping the company grow.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

My favorite part of the employee engagement programs at COE are when all the team members come together. I love hearing updates on how the company is doing and just being around everyone

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

I am most excited for JD! This is a big, exciting step for the company.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

I believe that teamwork is the most essential core value that you can have. You cannot do anything just by yourself. You need help from others to learn and better yourself.

Even after work hours, our team members enjoy expanding their knowledge, by getting involved with different opportunities within the community. COE Distributing, along with the leaders, get involved with the community on different levels, including sitting on boards, volunteering, or attending networking events. When that same passion trickles down to the rest of the team members, a company filled with passionate employees is created.

MELISSA DYER

Melissa Dyer, one of our Purchasing team members and Rising Stars has been involved with the Fayette Leaders Academy. We sat down with Melissa to learn more about the program, how it has helped her at COE, and how she has grown because of the opportunity. We also got her feedback on how the Rising Stars program at COE has helped her grow, as well as, her favorite part of our Employee Engagement Partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  

What have you learned as a member of the Fayette Leaders Academy?

In our very first session, we had the privilege of welcoming Dr. Emily Dennis as our speaker. We used the DISC Personality Test and Gallup Strengths Assessment to learn about how our strengths can influence our development at work and also how to work with different personalities effectively. In everyday situations at work, I go back to that initial session, and it proves very helpful.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned by being a member of the Academy?

I have learned to always strive to be a better version of yourself each and every day; never stop learning and growing!

What is the most enjoyable thing you have done as a member of the Academy?​

We have done so many fun activities, that encourage us to work as a team and show our strengths and assets. My favorite activity would have to be the Escape Room we attended. Working together as a team paid off – we did escape!

What have you learned the most through the Rising Stars Program?

Teamwork makes the dream work! Working with Tim, Paola, and Brittany on various projects is both rewarding and fun. A favorite opportunity of mine is the Scaling Up Book Club, where I enjoy listening to everyone’s ideas; it is amazing how one thought from one person can trigger so many good ideas within the group.

What has it meant to you being chosen for the program?

It is an honor to be a part of the Rising Stars Program and also the Fayette Leader Academy. It is truly a blessing to love coming to work every single day!

How do you feel about our Employee Engagement Partnership with the Penguins and what are you most excited for?

I think anyone could answer this one for me! I absolutely love the Penguin Partnership! I have been a Pens fan for as long as I can remember, and to me, this is the most AWESOME opportunity on the planet! I am excited for ALL of it. Looking forward to the book club, the deck hockey game, as well as everything else. I love the Warrior Helmet. After every game, I get so excited to see who the next recipient is in the Pens locker room, and to now do that here at COE, is just so much fun!

Through all of these opportunities you are a part of, what have you learned about yourself?

I have learned that there is always room to grow; the sky is the limit! Staying positive and working hard for a company that you are proud of is very rewarding

Sarah Filip, one of our Customer Service Reps, was the second Warrior Helmet recipient. She comes in every day ready to work and is a team member who exemplifies Humble, Hungry and Smart. We sat down with Sarah recently, and asked her some questions about receiving the Warrior Helmet, and what the award means to her.

Fun Facts:

Sarah enjoys hunting with my boyfriend, and our dogs. She is currently on track to go back to school in Spring 2020 for a BS in Health Education and Health Promotion; transitioning from a BS in Human Resources.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

I am beyond honored and humbled to have received the helmet. To me, it means that I work for a company that acknowledges and encourages the hard work put in, day in and day out, and gives me the motivation to continue to work hard and to stay with a company that stands out in this way. What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient? When choosing the next recipient, I was really focusing on our core values and read through them carefully to make my decision. I chose someone who I knew demonstrated COE’s core values within their person, and in their work.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

I believe that the success of us being able to provide customers with great service is contributed through COE’s open communication and transparency between departments.  With the day to day work that we provide and becoming familiar with my own personal customers and our processes, I was able to make suggestions that were implemented in order to make this possible. Also, when you work for those who are “Humble, Hungry, and Smart”, and lead by example, it is motivating to do the same.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

I love my current position at COE. However, COE is constantly opening up more opportunities to grow, both in the career aspect and personally. I believe that COE can help me accomplish my goal to “push” myself to grow,  within these opportunities.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

My favorite part in these programs is to both see, and allow myself to, recognize our peers for their efforts. I personally believe that this a great motivator and allows us to know that we are appreciated and respected for our efforts.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

I am most excited to see where this will take us as far as the employee engagement aspect. I’m curious to see what other programs might be applied, and what other opportunities might arise. Furthermore, I think it will be pretty cool to have our logos collide and to be able to “wear this partnership” because of it!

Other than the obvious CS value, what other COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

To point out one, I would say Quality. I am always double, and even triple, checking my work. I also make sure that I provide detailed notes to customers, the warehouses, etc., to try and avoid any back-and-forth with communicating, and to be sure that customers are informed when things may be changing/if there may be any issues. I find that our (or my specific region) customers really appreciate the detail and being well informed.