Johnny G’s Success Story – Selector, Supervisor, Lead, Inventory, and now Assistant Operations Manager
Though my initial hire date with Burris Logistics goes back to July of 2002, my history with Burris starts back in early 2000 when I worked as a freight handler and dock foreman with Leonard & Zarr in the New Castle facility. Throughout my years working with Burris, I have worked as a selector, freight handler, receiving supervisor and lead, inventory control assistant and helped in many more numerous areas as well as help start up the Elkton, Atlanta, Honor Foods and the Rocky Hill facilities. It has been a great pleasure to work and train with new team members at Elkton as well as many other facilities such as Federalsburg when they converted over to V4 system. My advice for those looking to grow within the company would be to never stop learning, the more you know what you are doing the further you can go, knowledge is key!!! Keep an open mind and look at the overall picture not just what is in front of you. Everything no matter how small can make a difference.
Now I have been given the opportunity to grow in my career as the Assistant Operations Manager down in Harrington, DE. I am now the new kid on the block after being the go to guy for so many years in Elkton. Now the fun begins again with the challenges I love of learning and understanding the operations of another building. Not only is this a great opportunity for me career wise, but this allows me more time to be with my family that is located in the area. I get to spend more time with them by going fishing or going to the park. Even just the simple things like sitting out front in the sun.
I would have to thank Bob Lewis for helping me get a better understanding of the stuff behind the scenes. Bob helped me work on my customer service and helped me build my “I am Burris” attitude as well as how to play the constant firefighter and put out the fires as they light up. Even if you don’t get them all out as long as you get them under control you’re headed in the right direction, don’t burn the building down.
Never settle for the minimum, keep the “Make it Happen” mentality going!!! – Johnny G.
Andrew Bishop’s Success Story – Shipping Clerk and Truck Driver!
Meet Andrew Bishop from Burris New Castle. Since 2012, Andrew has grown a lot with Burris. As he gained knowledge and experience, his drive (pun intended) to succeed landed him right where he knew he belonged… in the drivers seat of a Burris Truck!
When were you hired and what was your first position with Burris?
I first started with Burris in August 2012 as a shipping clerk.
Why or how did you come to join the Burris team?
I came to Burris because I heard there were great opportunities for growth and that it was an all around great company to work for.
What other jobs have you held here at Burris? How did you learn about and become interested in your career path with the company?
During my time at Burris I have held many positions. I started as a shipping clerk and quickly learned selection, loading and reach truck. And would often do multiple functions to assist where needed. I also learned many functions of inventory before moving to transportation where I became a dispatcher and assisted with backhaul coordinating while waiting to be sent to school to earn my CDL. I now am a truck driver, where I plan to stay for a very long time.
What did you learn that helped you to grow? Was there anyone who was a mentor to you?
When I first came to Burris, I made it my job to learn and excel in any and all functions. I would have been unable to achieve this without the teaching and mentoring of Brian Kiliany my warehouse supervisor and Chris Lindgren who was always been there to assist and mentor me whenever I was struggling.
What advice do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities at Burris?
My advice would be to never stop pushing yourself to learn new things. In this industry there is always something you could learn to help better yourself with Burris whether it be now or down the road in your career. And take what you have learned and teach it to someone else.
What do you like about the positions you’ve held at Burris?
Since my start with Burris I have always been interested in receiving my CDL. I’ve always love driving so I figured it was the best fit for me.
Burris ATL Team Member, Kweku S Marfo-Jnr, Graduates With BS in Business Administration!
Kweku graduated from Argosy University, the Atlanta GA campus, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He began working for Burris in September of 2012 as a member of the Sanitation Department. A year later he transferred to the Inventory Department and the following year he applied for the Burris Tuition Reimbursement Program. After two and a half years, Kweku managed to get his degree while working full time as an Inventory Clerk!
He graduated on March 26, 2015 and is looking forward to the ceremony later this year. Please join us in congratulating, Kweku on this huge accomplishment!
Burris Elkton Team Member, Andrew Evans, Promoted to Transportation Supervisor!
Andrew began his career at Burris Elkton in December of 2006 as a CDL A Driver. In 2009, he decided to pursue his career goals by learning and gaining valuable experience in transportation operations by applying for the internally posted Dispatcher position. Since then, Andrew has taken on many new initiatives in the department including serving as a Driver Trainer. He decided to go back to college in 2009 and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Liberty University where he graduated with a GPA of 3.95.
Andrew says he “has enjoyed working for Burris because it is a family owned business that cares about their team members and provides a very generous tuition reimbursement plan to help their team members get the education they want to be successful.” Andrew would like to continue to advance in the company and one day hopes to achieve a more senior role on our management team.
He has been married for seven years to his lovely wife Rielle and they have one dog named Doodle. In his spare time, Andrew loves all outdoor activities and roots for his beloved Baltimore Ravens and Orioles.