What was your job in the military and where have you been stationed?
I was a Combat Engineer and was primarily at the armory in Wausau, WI. I went to basic training and advanced individual training during my junior and senior summers of high school. Through the military I’ve been to Ft. Hood, TX; Ft. Drum, NY; Ft. Irwin, CA; Ft. Hunter Liggett, CA; Ft. Dix, NJ; Ft. McCoy, WI; Ft. Lewis, WA; Hohnenfels, Germany; and I was deployed in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
How did your military background prepare you for your current role at County Materials?
I retired as an E-6 in a Platoon Sergeant role. My job was to get my 30 plus Soldiers mission ready, from physical fitness to educational instructions. As the senior leader, I was to demonstrate that I could make decisive decisions, but also have the knowledge and skills to perform tasks and make decisions in extremely stressful situations. The military has provided individuals who have dedicated time to pursue their self-interest and self-improvements through education. Finishing my Bachelor’s in Business Management last year, debt free, has given me an opportunity to further my professional career. The military has also taught me that I’m exceptional in a leadership role and motivating individuals. Project management is working with County Materials' production and scheduling teams, meeting contractors’ deadlines, dealing with many personalities good and bad, multitasking, and using critical thinking to name a few. All of this is used daily here at Rib Falls. My education only added to the knowledge and experience gained through my years in the military and daily skills and knowledge gained at County Materials.
Why did you choose to work at County Materials and what do you like about your job?
The atmosphere here is something worth taking notice. Overall this is a low stress and highly motivated corporation that is dedicated to improving the surrounding (culture). I see myself making a career here.