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Burris Team Member Success Story: Mike Dameron from Burris Lyndhurst!

This month we would like to recognize Mike Dameron, Operations Manager for our Burris Lyndhurst, VA location! Mike has been a valued team member for over 16 years and has performed just about every warehouse task there is at this facility. We asked Mike to share his Burris story with us.  Thank you Mike for all that you do for Team Burris!

Mike Dameron

The first position I held at Burris, was a lumper.  I started out loading and unloading floor loaded trucks.

My reasoning for joining Burris was pretty simple, I needed a job.  I was 23 years old and had just got out of the Air Force. A few of my friends were working here at Burris at the time and Burris was among one of the many places I had put applications in.  With the help of my friends, well, Burris was the first to call.  So, I took the job and started here at Burris.

How I learned about warehouse operations was through working my way through the variety of jobs there is in daily operations.  After working as a lumper, I moved over to running the de-slat machine, taking slats out of pallets of chicken when they came out of the blast freezer.  There is where I began to learn how to operate the Hi-Lifts.  Once I learned how to operate the hi-lift, not being that good at it at that time, I was moved down on the dock as a lift operator, pulling out bound loads and putting away inbounds. While working on the docks, I learned a variety of other tasks, such as operating the loaders and learning the different ways to load trailers.  I learned how to operate the cherry picker, split sheet and even ventured outside the warehouse to learn who to run the yard jockey.  After several years, I was offered a job on second shift as a supervisor.  I found supervision to be very challenging at first, but quickly found my groove with the way I needed to do things and it became very good for me.  I enjoyed the days for the most part and I really enjoyed the people that worked for me  . The next move I made, was into inventory, as the inventory manager.  We had normally run one person in inventory, but with the change in our business,  we had decided to expand and actually start up an inventory control department.  We had some real challenges in the warehouse at the time, and it was a challenge I was ready to take on.

My time as inventory control manager was where I became interested in pursuing future opportunities in operations.  I worked closely with the operations manager and general manager and was able to learn a lot about the way things operated.  When I was offered the job as operations manager, I felt I was ready and accepted the job.

My advice for others who may want to pursue a career at Burris is to learn as much as you can.  Take advantage of all opportunities that may come, such as going to help out at other warehouses, taking some of the classes and seminars that Burris offers.  Be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge that is out there and be able to think outside the box.  I had the opportunities, while as inventory manager, to travel to several other warehouses. I have meet a lot a great people and have learned something from all of them.

I am on my 16th year here at Burris, and I am looking forward to many more years.  I am grateful for all the opportunities that have been given to me here at Burris.

Below is Mike on the left with James, one of the warehouse supervisors of Lyndhurst. Thank you Mike!

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Burris Success Story: Steve Tuttle

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It is that time of the month again! Our Burris Success Stories are brief highlights of Burris team members who have risen up through the company by way of hard work, dedication and commitment. This month we highlight Steve Tuttle from our Burris Elkton facility.

We asked Steve to answer 7 quick questions to paint a better picture of his journey from Order Selector to Warehouse Supervisor in a little over 3 years.

1.  What was your first position with Burris?
I started with Burris in March of 2009 as a selector.

2.  Why did you join the Burris team?
I joined Burris initially to drive for them.

3.  How did you learn about and become interested in following a career path in Warehouse Operations?
I developed a good relationship with supervisors on the PM shift.  They encouraged me on numerous occasions to apply for supervisory opportunities because they felt as though I had a plethora of knowledge within warehouse operations.

4.  What did you learn that helped you to grow?  Was there anyone who was a mentor to you?
I had to learn what Leadership was really about, and how there was multiple facets of who makes a true leader and what skills are needed. Bill Morrow, through positive coaching and development, was instrumental in guiding me to this next step in my career with Burris.  

5.  What advice do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities at Burris?
I would have to tell them to gain as much knowledge about Burris from a business perspective as they can.  Also, always look for ways to continue your advancement –  you might not be ready at the time a position opens up, but you can prepare for the next opening.

6.  What do you like about the positions you have held at Burris?
All the positions that I have held at Burris have been challenging in their own way, and this is what I most like about them.

Great work Steve! Thank you for being an important part of the Burris Team!

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Burris Staying Connected to the Industry

Burris has been busy this month!

Burris Attends FMI/GMA 4th Annual Supply Chain Conference

BurrisLogistics at FMI/GMA Supply Chain Conference

Earlier this month, Burris Logistics Custom Retail Distribution sponsored and participated in the fourth annual FMI/GMA Joint Supply Chain Conference held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.   Brian Haley and John Haggerty were in attendance representing Burris. They were also joined by Mike Bargmann of Collaborative Logistics.  This conference brings retailers, distributors, manufacturers and logistics experts together to collaborate on the latest supply chain innovations, technologies and strategies in the industry.  Attendees enjoyed a rich content agenda kicked off by, Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP,  the opening keynote speaker.

Pictured: Brian Haley and John Haggerty of Burris are joined by Rhett Asher and Meredith Bombella of FMI

For more information about this conference visit:
http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/Microsite/SupplyChain2013

For more information about Burris Custom Retail Distribution visit:
http://www.burrislogistics.com/Solutions/Custom-Retail-Distribution

 

Burris Attends RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference Logistics 2013

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Burris Custom Retail Distribution sponsored and exhibited for the first time at the RILA Supply Chain Conference held at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL on February 17-20. In attendance from Burris was Donnie Burris, CEO; Mike McGraw, Vice President of Purchasing; Brian Haley, Vice President of Sales; and John Haggerty, Vice President Business Development,  as well as Burris guest Mike Bargmann of Collaborative Logistics. Laura Sen, CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club was the opening keynote speaker.

Pictured: Brian Haley and Mike Bargmenn are joined by Liz Maxted of Liquidity Services

For more information about RILA and this conference visit:
http://www.rila.org/events/conferences/logistics/Pages/default.aspx

For more information about Burris Custom Retail Distribution visit:
http://www.burrislogistics.com/Solutions/Custom-Retail-Distribution

 

 

 

Twenty Burris Team Members Attend the 49th Annual WFLO Institute

Burris Logistics Team Members at WFLO

 

For the third year in a row, twenty Burris team members enjoyed a four-day industry specific program called WFLO Institute (World Food Logistics Organization).  Attendees enjoyed more  than 40 classes taught by leading experts in the refrigerated warehousing industry.  Over the four days, our team members were cross trained and educated in all areas of public warehousing refrigeration regardless of their job titles. Maggie Owens, Burris Marketing, says, “WFLO is great because it takes you out of your silo mindset, and you come away with a better understanding of all the touch points of the business.”

For more information about WFLO visit:

http://www.gcca.org/institute/wflo-institute-cold-storage-education-training.html

We are looking forward to many more opportunities to connect this Spring!

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Burris Team Member Success Story: Matt Tauscher from Burris Jacksonville

This month’s Burris Success Story comes from Burris Jacksonville! Matt Tauscher has worked for Burris for 7 years now. He began as a lumper and is now a Warehouse Supervisor! Thank you Matt for your hard work and dedication to Burris.

 

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  1. What was your first position with Burris? When I started with Burris, I was lumper, unloading floor loaded containers.
  2. Why did you join the Burris team?  I really was not sure what I was looking to do as far as work and needed a job having just moved back home to Florida.  I heard about the job through my sister who worked for the company at the time.  Figured, why not try something new?
  3. How did you learn about and become interested in following a career path in Warehouse Operations? I have members of my family that have worked in the Warehousing industry in the past so I was familiar with what Warehousing Operations is, I just lacked personal experience.  To be honest, at the time I had not planned on going into the industry until I started at Burris and realized I enjoyed doing it.  That was when I decided to move forward and see what I could do, not only within the industry, but more so within the company itself.
  4. What did you learn that helped you to grow?  Was there anyone who was a mentor to you?  I had really little to no knowledge at all when I started so everything was pretty much new to me.  I just took every opportunity to learn anything I could that would better me at my job and make me more valuable to the company.  I am currently going to be on my second year at the WFLO program, I have attended Burris University and HPWP all in the past year along with supervisory training classes all provided by Burris. I have had a lot of supervisors, managers and even fellow team members that have all helped mentor me over the years.  They had all seen the hard work I put in everyday and were willing to help guide me down the right path to the success I have achieved so far.
  5. What advice do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities at Burris? The best advice I think for other team members interested in furthering a career at Burris is just to be open to learning new things, be willing to take every opportunity that comes about with an open mind that something positive can come out of it.
  6. What do you like about the positions you have held at Burris?  I have worked pretty much every position in the warehouse over the years.  Starting as lumper, to receiver/auditor, to loader, to reach truck operator to team lead to now supervisor.  I have even participated in the inventory department regularly over the years.  Each position provided me opportunity to obtain new knowledge that would later help with other positions.
  7. Feel free to add any other information you feel would help us tell your story and encourage others to take advantage of career opportunities. The only other thing I would like to add is that I have gotten this far in 7 years with no prior job experience in the industry.  Burris is constantly doing things to push me and continue to help me grow.  The plan is not to stop now………….
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Burris Team Member Success Story: Nadia Bedasse-Francis of Rocky Hill

Burris Logistics is always looking for our talented team members to step forward and take advantage of promotional opportunities.  As we continue to grow, we will be placing more emphasis on developing team members so we can promote from within.  We want to recognize our team members who are growing through the company by sharing their stories in a a series called Burris Success Stories!

This week’s feature is Nadia Bedasse-Francis, HR Specialist at Burris Rocky Hill.  Nadia started with the company as a temporary worker over 4 years ago and is now an HR Specialist! Congratulations and thank you to Nadia.  We are happy you are part of the Burris Team!

Nadia Bedasse-Francis of Burris Logistics

1.  What was your first position with Burris?

I started working at the Rocky Hill location for our start up in August 2008 as a temporary worker. I was placed here on a 20 day assignment to help the HR team with any administrative responsibilities throughout the startup phase. The management team was impresses with my work ethics and decided to hire me as a full time team member in November 2008 as the HR Coordinator.

2.  Why did you join the Burris team?

During my time as a temporary worker, knowing (or at least thinking) there was not a full time position available, I would say a daily prayer asking for a miracle so I could call Burris home. On my first day at Burris as a Temp, I was blessed to have met Bob Burris.  He asked me my name and gave me a heartfelt welcome like no other I’ve ever experienced. On day two, to my surprise, Bob greeted me as I came in and called me by my name.  This blew me away. I thought,  “How could this gentleman of such importance, who I’m sure knows hundreds of people, how on earth did he remember my name, after all I was just one out of at least 100 new employees starting?”   Bob and the rest of the team made me feel like what I was doing was important, I felt like I was a part of something great.  On my first day as an official Burris team member, words could not express my gratitude for the opportunity to join this great company.

3.  How did you learn about and become interested in following a career path in Human Resources?

I had previously worked in a small benefits organization which gave me some exposure to HR, and I was interested in learning more. As I worked with the HR team in Rocky Hill I became more fascinated. This was where I knew that Human Resources would be my career path, and I aspired to be an HR manager or greater at some point in my life, whether here at Burris or elsewhere.

I enjoy the face to face communication with our team members, dealing with difficult and sometimes heartbreaking circumstances, to celebrating happy milestones in their lives. No day is the same as I am faced with different accomplishments and/or challenges each day, and being able to be a mentor to my team is blessing for me.

4.  What did you learn that helped you to grow?

The basic concept of “Doing What Is Right” both in the eyes of the company and our team members, and understanding when and where a compromise is necessary. I will continue to learn HR skills as I continue to develop in my role, but having the skill to make a team member feel like what he/she does is important and that we care, is the ultimate lesson for me.

5. Was there anyone who was a mentor to you?

Donna Szaban was the HR Manager at Burris when I started, she always told me I would do well in this field. She would call me her “sponge” and would always brag about my “people person skills.”  Donna would give me projects that seemed at the time to be beyond my skill level. There were times I felt intimidated and thought there was no way I could do this. Donna would always remind me of the potential she saw, and she expressed confidence that I could do it. “How could I disappoint someone who believes in me that much?”

Deanna Provanchie at our corporate office was and still is a big influence on my development.  She took me under her wings and would teach me little tricks of the trade, a little more than the day to day payroll data entry. She too expressed confidence that I would do well at Burris and also in the field of HR.

6.  What advice do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities at Burris?

I considered Burris my second home, the genuine family based environment makes it a place you want to be. I have witnessed many promotions where team members who exhibit the willingness to grow, take on more than the “Job Functions”, and continue to keep a positive attitude.  These individuals in most cases started at entry level and moved on to management level.

Burris continues to invest in training and developing their team members. In my four  years of employment at Burris I have been given numerous developmental training opportunities on and off site, many of these are applicable in dealing with life lessons and others that could be used elsewhere as well.

7.  What do you like about the positions you have held at Burris?

Each position was an opportunity to learn something I have not done prior to Burris. Management allowed me to maintain ownership of my functions, giving me flexibility to complete tasks in ways I understood and learned the best.  This flexibility afforded me the responsibility of ensuring that the job was done and done well.

As a temporary worker I learned about the basics of HR, employment forms and the life cycle of one’s employment.  My second role was an HR Coordinator which required payroll and staffing knowledge.  As the HR Coordinator,  payroll was my major function and I got a sense of satisfaction knowing that team members were paid correctly. I also enjoyed the simple tasks such as explaining a garnishment and providing them with information that could help to resolve the issue.

My most recent promotion to HR Specialist was awarded to me in 2010.  In this role I am doing what I like to do the most, employee relations. I have been blessed to have worked on some local and corporate implementation projects that help to make Burris a better place to work administratively and systematically.

I am grateful to have found a job where I look forward to going to work in the morning. A place where I know that the people I work with have genuine interest in my well-being.  Burris has seen my potential even in times when I have not, and they continue to challenge me to be a better employee and a better person. My superiors and teammate make me feel like my contributions are valuable and provide me with positive feedback and recognition.

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