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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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Burris Team Member Success Story: Chris Lindgren

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 will be doing a monthly feature on team members who are growing through the company.

Christopher Lindgren started at Burris Elkton as a Shipping Selector and has taken advantage of opportunities for career advancement. We asked Christopher to tell his success story and congratulate him on his recent promotion to Jr. Buyer!

1. What was your first position with Burris?

 AM Shipping Selector

2. Why did you join the Burris team?

I had two friends that said it was a great company to work for. Rick had been with Burris for 5 years and Brian for 2 at the time. They had nothing but good things to say about the company.

3. How did you learn about and become interested in taking the step to supervisor?

 My initial goal was to move up in the company but I understood I had to put time in and learn more about the business. When the supervisor posting went up I asked my current supervisors about their job and responsibilities and how they liked the job. I had developed a good relationship with my supervisors in the past months and we were able to speak very candidly about the job.

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

 One of the biggest things I learned is about dock flow and how to keep my team motivated in a warehouse environment. As a selector I saw areas of improvement that I would have made if I were a supervisor and used that to fuel my ideas on how to improve processes and performance.

5. How did your experience on the hiring team help your development?

 From my first interview by the hiring team, I was thoroughly impressed on the idea of having high performing associates make the decision on whether I joined the team. When I was performing interviews with the hiring team it was nice to get a different take on the team members opinions on what was important to them. Instead of just reading from a script of questions we chose the questions that were most relevant to us as individuals and it helped make solid hiring decisions for new members of Burris.

6. How did you learn about and become interested in taking the step to Jr. Buyer?

 I saw the posting in the break room and inquired more about the position to our HR department. Our HR department at Elkton consists of a team of ladies that are willing to go the extra mile for their people in every situation I have encountered. We spoke about what it is the buyers do and how they effect the company. I searched about buying in general on the web and learned more about the position and what exactly I would be doing. I relentlessly prepared for my interview thinking of what questions would be asked from my past experiences as a manager and supervisor. At my previous position as an Inventory and Merchandising manager for Wawa I performed all of the tasks of ordering (buying) and inventory control. I had a really solid understanding of item movements, spoilage control, and awareness for high and low selling items that helped me a lot.

7. What advise do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities?

 From my initial days as a selector I knew I wanted to be a “go to guy”. If a problem arose or help was needed in any way I wanted to be one of the people that was called on to help. I learned as much as I could as often as possible. If my supervisor asked me to help do a separate function than selecting for the day such as hauling pallets, lumping a floor load, stripping a truck, or wrapping pallets I was always willing to help. I inquired about the safety committee and once I was eligible to join it I signed up so that I could have a better understanding of our safety as a warehouse. I inquired about joining the hiring team because I wanted to be one of the people bringing new team members to our company. My biggest advice would be to get involved in the company as much as possible for your own benefit and the companies. You can never learn enough about the company you work for and being able to help out in any way will make you a more valuable team member and will open doors in the future.

Thank you Chris for being a vital part of our “make it happen” Team!

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Burris Logistics Celebrates 25 Years of Giving with United Way of Delaware

Burris Logistics’ partnership with the United Way is a tradition that started in 1988 by then President and Owner, Jack Burris. Jack and his wife Lillian became instrumental in creating the Sussex County United Way.  While serving on the Board of Directors, Jack played a critical role in merging the county organization with its northern partner, United Way of Delaware, making it one of only two statewide organizations in the nation.

It was only natural that Jack would find a way to join his devotion to United Way with his true passion, his company, Burris Logistics (then Burris Foods).  He understood the importance of businesses and employees giving back to their communities.

In 1988, Jack decided to start the United Way Campaign at Burris.  He encouraged Team Members to contribute to the organization by agreeing to match, dollar for dollar, any amount that they raised. Encouraged by the charitable spirit of their leader, Burris Team Members happily pitched in to make the company’s first United Way Campaign a success. Together they raised $10,437.80! As promised, Burris Logistics matched the sum for a total contribution of $20,875.

Over the last two and a half decades, Burris has continued the tradition started by Jack Burris. This year, Burris Logistics raised over $53,000 and with the Burris Corporate Match program, they were able to donate a total $106,000 to the United Way.

And it doesn’t end there! Burris has already kicked off the 2013 United Way Campaign, marking 25 years of partnership!  In the words of Burris Team Member, Barbara Smith, “We have such a strong history of generosity in our office. Whether it be raising funds for United Way, donating to a special cause, or volunteering time at a local agency, Burris rises to the occasion!”

There is no doubt that Burris Team Members will continue to make community support a high priority in the coming year…it’s the Burris way!

 

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Burris Rocky Hill Congratulates Warehouse Team Members

For 13 years, RefrigiWear, Inc. has honored warehouse men from all over the United States for their hard work and accomplishments.   Each year, warehouse men can be nominated by their managers and employees and this year  there were over 333 nominations from 137 different companies! Refriwear, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of insulated industrial work wear, accessories, and personal protective equipment. They said it best when they described why they like to recognize warehouse workers:

“Working long hours in a warehouse where temperatures can range from minus 65 degrees Fahrenheit, to dock areas that can become hot and humid in the summers, these industrial athletes excel at some very demanding tasks. Depending on their jobs, they move product by lifting, picking, sorting, stacking, driving, scanning, wrapping…every single work day. Plus they have to do it fast…very fast – and accurately…extremely accurately. They are measured on it, every day, every week, every month. In a business where margins are tight, efficiency rules!”

Burris Rocky Hill is please to announce our four nominees for the “The Outstanding Warehouseman of the Year” award for RefrigiWear.  From left to right below:  Ray Bent, Issac Alamo, Claudius Wallace and Steve Ceplenski.

Burris Rocky Hill Warehouseman of the Year Nominees

A very special congratulations to Isaac Alamo who was one of 24 winners out of over 333 nominations! Congratulations Issac and thank you for your dedication to Burris! Below is General Manager of Burris Rocky Hill, Rob Hayes, congratulating Issac.

Issac Alamo of Burris Rocky Hill wins the title Warehouseman of the Year!

Burris Logistics is very fortunate to have such an outstanding operations team in Rocky Hill!

Burris Logistics Rocky Hill's Warehouse Operations Team

 

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