Congratulations to Controller Rita G. for 5 Years of Excellent Service!
How did you become a member of the AK Material Handling team?
I became a member of A&K when I was told of a potential opening through my oldest brother, Greg, the IT guru. I had just left a position in public accounting and was ready for a change from 17+ years of “tax seasons”. I had only heard good things about “Al” from Greg and the opportunity to come here could not have happened at a better time for me.
Looking back how quickly has the 5 years gone by?
The last 5 years have gone too quick but I love coming into an office where I always have work to do and people I genuinely care about.
What has been the biggest change you have seen at AK over the 5 years you have been here?
The biggest change I have seen over the past 5 years at A&K is the determination of the sales and staff to only look forward when economic changes have threatened our business; our livelihood. As a small business we have had to tighten up early and faster than some larger companies but in doing so we never stopped providing first rate services to our clients. The knowledge of product and professionalism possessed by my co-workers is outstanding – it has allowed us to work with large and small companies that challenge us to be our best. We will always change and adapt but we will never stop the excellence we provide.
What do you enjoy most about being the Controller at AK?
I enjoy the work atmosphere: the people, the surroundings, the attitudes. I also enjoy my job; it can range from ordering lunch to preparing financial statements and everything in between. Never a dull moment and that’s what makes it easy to come to work. I’m grateful to be here with these people.
Also… Congratulations to Account Manager Pete B. for 10 Years of Excellent Service!
10 years ago when you joined the AK Material Handling team what were your goals and intentions?
I started out running the warehouse, ordering inventory and managing the service crew, so really just learning the ropes! Over the years my goals have changed. After being promoted into sales my my focus was really to build relationships with new and existing customers and try to help them find solutions for their individual needs. I have never stopped learning.
How have you seen AK grow over the last 10 years?
Dramatically. We have a core group of key people working here that have grown with the company and have changed when needed and stuck with it through changes in the economy and the company. We’ve put ourselves at the front of the pack as far as marketing, technology and education in our field. Everyone works hard, but still manages to have fun!
How have you changed over the last 10 years?
I’ve become a better listener and have become more patient.
What is the most rewarding part of your position at AK?
Building relationships with a client is the most rewarding. After that would be following a project from start to finish and ending in success for both my client and myself.
What recommendations or advice do you have for any new hires?
Stick with it, learn as much as you can and have fun doing it!