According to finance operations manager Jennifer Lopez, this year’s inventory count was the most efficient and successful count she’d ever been a part of. No small amount of credit goes to a group of four office employees who stepped up and made the count go as smoothly as possible.
Of this group, Lopez says they were “trusted, efficient, displayed excellence, and we all knew we could count on you (no pun intended).”
Lopez says Megan Jones was her clone during the count, running around the shop answering questions and helping audit. About Megan, she says: “Megan sees details I would have never caught. She created the count sheets, helped update counts into the system, and researched part numbers that were not recognized by the system. I was just so extremely impressed by the effort and performance.”
Jess Craft spent weeks preparing for the data that was needed for the count. She had to understand the whole process, not just her part. Says Lopez: “She was out on the floor watching and performing it to understand it better and prove if it was working properly instead of just assuming it was. I’m probably not doing justice for explaining the IT part of this task.”
David Gifford took on the huge role of helping to manage the files and reviewing all the scanned details before loading them into the file. “There were hundreds of lines of details,” says Lopez. “David made sure everything copied correctly and formulas were updated, and he continued to be a huge support even after the count to load in valuation and other reviews.”
Danny Bach takes on a huge role at every inventory. He spends time helping the storeroom prepare, organize, research, and update variances found in the system. Says Lopez: “He completed these tasks with a goal of an accurate inventory. He also stuck around after the count was complete to support me with the final audit.”
Congratulations to the Above-and-Beyonders, Western Window Systems’ office employees of the month for January.
Learn more about the office EOMs by reading their Q&As:
Where are you from?
Megan Jones: Plano, Texas, and Fountain Valley, California.
Jess Craft: New Hampshire.
Danny Bach: Phoenix.
What song best sums you up?
MJ: “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes.
JC: “Carry On” by Pat Green.
DB: “Traveler” by Chris Stapleton.
What is your favorite sport to watch or play?
MJ: Soccer or football.
JC: Beer pong.
What are your hobbies?
MJ: Reading, drawing, horseback riding (not recently!).
JC: Raising my son and two dogs.
DB: Archery, hunting, fishing.
Who do you look up to or admire?
MJ: My dad and mom; they are the best.
JC: My dad.
DB: My late father.
Where do you most want to travel but have never been?
MJ: Ireland, Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand.
JC: Pacific Northwest.
DB: Germany and Europe.
If money were no object, what would you do all day?
MJ: Work with horses, start a therapeutic riding center for kids and adults with disabilities.
JC: Get my son an amazing tutor so we could travel the world.
DB: Chase monster Arizona bull elk.
What is your favorite family recipe?
MJ: Crockpot Italian chicken.
JC: Ranch chicken.
DB: Grilled backstraps.
What’s your favorite movie?
JC: Harold & Maude.
What is your biggest success up until now?
MJ: My daughter. She is the light on my darkest days. I don’t know how I got so lucky to be her mom.
JC: My wonderful son, Liam.
DB: Serving our country proudly.
What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
MJ: I love the people I work with. I love telling people all about the cool, fun things we do.
JC: I love the culture and all the people!
DB: The fun and relaxed but professional work atmosphere.
What is one fact about you that almost no one knows?
MJ: I love severe weather. I wanted to be a storm chaser when I was younger. I still get excited when monsoon season rolls around.
JC: I actually enjoy the kids’ shows I watch with my son, and I even rewatch some of them once he’s gone to bed.
DB: No secrets.