Eric Kennedy, a PA Warehouse team member became our first second time COE Warrior, receiving the helmet because of his dedication to the company and the core values. Keep up the good work and continue being an example of what COE is all about! To read what receiving this honor means to Eric, please continue below.

1. What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It means a lot when someone you don’t think recognizes what you are doing does and rewards you for it.

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

I looked at everyone around me to see who is putting in the most effort and just went by that.

3. How has COE helped you to get where you are?

Mostly that this company shows me how good it feels to know you gave everything you have and the way you feel after a job well done.

4. What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there? Personal and operational growth.

I am going to try to take the hard work ethic I acquired here and apply it to now raising three girls!

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

Having a chance to be recognized.

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

Tickets and being able to hang out at the games with my work family and real family!

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

Quality and Customer Service – I like doing the best I can to make everyone happy.

8. Share some fun facts about yourself!

I am left-handed and I am getting so old that hair is growing out of my ears, haha!

Paul Silbaugh, one our PA Warehouse team members, is our most recent COE Warrior! He was given this honor because of always going above and beyond and being talented in so many areas. This honor was greatly deserved. Please continue below to see what this honor means to Paul.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

This award made me happy and feel like a hard worker.

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

A hard worker.

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

Just continue to work with me.

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

When we are able to see each other.

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

Go see the games.

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

Teamwork – our team does whatever it takes to get the job done.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I am a hard worker, funny, and get along with anyone!

William DeBerry, one of our PA warehouse team members is the newest recipient of the Warrior Helmet. He was given this honor due to his consistent hard work and dedication every day and because he truly lives out the company’s core values daily. We thank him for being a strong example of what working hard can achieve. Please continue below to read what this honor means to William. 

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

This just shows that you should always aim to reach your goals no matter how big or small they are. My wife and daughter are a big reason as to why I received this.

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

Someone who always works hard and has great teamwork. 

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has trusted me with leadership skills and gave me the confidence to be a better employee. 

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

Personal and operational growth. I want my kids to know they can achieve anything they set their hearts on. 

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

We’ve grown to be a stronger team and stronger as individuals. 

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

It’s a great experience and I’ve been a fan for over 25 years. 

What COE value do you think youu2019re the strongest in and why?

Teamwork – without it, nothing can be achieved. 

Share some fun facts about yourself!

Laughter at work makes the day go faster!

Tim Gaudiello, our Benefits Coordinator, is our newest COE Warrior! He was given the helmet due to living out COE’s core values every day, growing and flourishing in his role, and doing a great job with the benefit process this past year. Your COE Family thanks you for all that you do every single day Tim! Please continue reading below to see what this honor means to Tim. 

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It means that hard work does not go unnoticed. Just like when a Penguin blocks a shot or digs the puck out of the corner, the coach notices all those things. Small things add up to big results on any team, that’s true at COE too!

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

Someone who is willing to improve themselves and the company. You have to be willing to take on responsibility that may not even be in your job title. Work hard and when things don’t go your way, work even harder.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has supported me and my goals from day one. I love working for a company that understands happy employees are going to deliver better results.

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

Personal and operational growth.
COE has already helped me achieve so much! I would say continue to support me so that I can fine tune every piece of all benefits that we offer. Make every aspect as good as it can be.

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

COE does so much for our employees that it’s hard to pick just one. I feel that it’s just a great way to keep our employees working together as a team, and always staying interested in doing your best work.

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

The Penguins Partnership has been great! Going to games, the warrior helmet, and the book clubs with them have all been very rewarding!

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

I’ll go with teamwork. We are a small team in HR, but I feel like we would do anything to get the job done. The confines of a job title are made to be broken!

Share some fun facts about yourself!

My wife and I enjoy traveling, of course not so much the last year. We bought a house in the past year, and we have been working on making it our home! We are animal lovers, and have two little dogs. I enjoy most sports. I don’t play anymore, but I still watch football, hockey, and baseball.

Courtney Gardner, our HR Business Partner, is our most recent COE Warrior. She was given the honor due to her large role in maintaining the company culture and because of her strong leadership, especially through the pandemic. We congratulate her on this great honor. Please continue below to read what winning this honor means to Courtney.
What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It is truly an honor to be recognized! I strive daily to give 110% and to be chosen proves that my efforts are noticed and my work makes an impact.

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

Someone who demonstrates our core values, goes above and beyond and works extremely hard, but does not always get the recognition for all they do.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has helped make me a better leader by giving me all the necessary tools and resources, as well as, the empowerment to make decisions, and the encouragement that as a team there is nothing we can’t achieve.

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

From a personal standpoint, COE has always been wonderful at promoting professional growth and a healthy work/life balance. From an operational standpoint, I would like to see the HR team continue to evolve over the next 5 years and ideally get to add a member or two to the team.

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

Employee engagement has always been one of my favorite aspects of HR. I enjoy seeing people get recognized and I love that something as simple as a birthday card from the CEO or a ‘Welcome to the Team’ gift card can make someone’s day. Without employees’ companies cannot thrive to the best of their abilities and I think it is important to remind employees just how valued they are.

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

I think just being able to say that we are the first Employee Engagement Partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins is such an awesome accomplishment for COE. It truly is a testament of the great things that we are implementing for such a well-respected organization to want to partner with us. From a personal standpoint, I mean, who doesn’t love going to a game.

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

This one is hard to chose but if I had to chose just one, especially with the state of the world at the moment, I would have to choose safety. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged me in more ways than I could have imagined but I knew I needed to be on the top of my game to ensure I was helping keep all our employees and their families safe. And if this whole HR thing doesn’t work out, I might have a calling in the medical field from all the in depth knowledge I now have that I definitely did not want (totally kidding).

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I have two beautiful daughters who are my whole world; Avery and Vivienne. I was a 1,000-point scorer in high school and was offered a basketball scholarship to play in college, but turned it down for a full academic scholarship instead. I am an only child. During the pandemic, I discovered a hidden talent and now spend a lot of free time making a variety of chocolate creations. 

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