Office Employee of the Year - 2017

Office Employee of the Year - 2017
Dec 21, 2017

Jennifer Lopez

It didn’t take long for Jennifer Lopez to make her mark at Western Window Systems.

Just a few months after starting in July 2016 as senior cost analyst, Jennifer took a deep dive in the company’s inventory accounts, found numerous errors, and quickly fixed them. Then she developed the finance department’s first-ever departmental budget model, and she did it with limited direction.

Described as “exceptional” by Chief Financial Officer Heather Zorge, Jennifer is known for her ability to solve problems, analyze results, and develop new reporting tools to account for the company’s inventory.

“She creates tools when needed to solve problems and just keeps working to find solutions,” Zorge says. “If Plan A isn’t going to work, she is always thinking about a Plan B. Settling isn’t in her vocabulary.”

In 2017, Jennifer was promoted to finance manager, taking over the accounts payable process, which resulted in significant improvement in timely payments and vendor relationships. She also took on the role of developing a detailed analysis for the pricing of the company’s new Series 7000 product line.

“Jenny has meant everything to my team,” says Zorge. “She has an amazing attitude no matter what is going on, and I truly believe that pretty much everyone at Western Window Systems enjoys any interaction they have with her. She is smart, kind, improve-ment-oriented and never gives up.”

Jennifer is known to lend a hand wherever she can and is willing to take on any job.

“When she saw that potentially a team member in another department was struggling to get some data entered into the system, she said, ‘Can I get trained to help?’” Zorge says. “She is amazing.

Congratulations to Jennifer Lopez, Western Window Systems’ office employee of the year for 2017.

Learn more about Jennifer Lopez by reading his Q&A:

Where are you from?
Elk River, Minnesota.

What song best sums you up?
“867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone.

What is your favorite sport to watch or play?
Hockey, baseball, and football. I can’t play sports.

What are your hobbies?
Hiking, fishing, anything outdoors. Also, sewing and spending time with my sweet little boy, Logan.

Who do you look up to or admire?
My grandmother. She taught me to be an optimist and look for the positive.

Where do you most want to travel but have never been?
Bali is at the top of my bucket list.

If money were no object, what would you do all day?
Buy a boat and hang out at the lake.

What is your favorite family recipe?
Fried chicken.

What’s your favorite movie?
Sci-fi or comedy. No favorites.

What is your biggest success up until now?
Raising my 4-year-old. We’ve been through a lot and he amazes me every day.

What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
The people. The culture and energy of this place makes it something to look forward to every day.

What is one fact about you that almost no one knows?
My real hair color is brown. Not blonde, purple, pink, or red.