We have had a busy spring and summer here at AK Material Handling Systems! We have welcomed several new faces to our teams in Pennsylvania and Minnesota. Learn a little bit more about our newest employees below:

Erica Poynter

Q: What do you like most so far about working at AK?
I love the atmosphere and how lighthearted it is here. Even when the day gets to be a bit stressful, there’s always laughter.

Q: What do you enjoy to do outside of work?
I love going to the cabins with my husband and kids, going for rides on the Harley, dirt biking, doing home improvements, and doing absolutely nothing while sitting in front of the TV.

Q: What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I’m obsessed with serial killers. I even started my college degree with my major in Forensic Psychology to become a criminal profiler with the FBI, and I have a “serial killer library” in my living room. But then I had kids, so I just obsess over my books and TV shows about them instead.

Q: Any hidden talents?
I’m pretty good at trap shooting. I shot my first 24 this past week, and then got another 24 the second round that night. I’m an extreme couponer, and I’m pretty good at decorating.

Q: Best vacation or Travel spot you’ve been to?
Grand Marais, Minn. My favorite place in the world so far. My husband proposed to me as we were dangling our feet off of the top of Honeymoon Bluff which is a massive cliff overlooking an equally massive lake. Good thing I said yes!

Q: If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
The Kennedy Assassination; see if I could help solve the mystery.

Q: If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
Flint, a chicken, laundry detergent.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your family
I am married to my husband, Rory. We have 5 children between the two of us ages 10, 8 , 7 , 7, and 4. We are fortunate that we are a blended family, so we get every other weekend kid-free! We just bought our first house in Princeton, so we’re loving working on the place to make it exactly what we want.

Q: Best advice you ever received?
Choose your battles.

Q: What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
My dream minivan.

Q: What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Selling pull tabs and running bar bingo.

Q: What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
Vampire Diaries, which spun off into The Originals, which now spun off into Legacies. All of them are bad, but I love them so much.

Carol Goulson

Q: What is your role at AK?
Customer Service Administrator, and project specialist.

Q: What do you like most so far about working at AK?
Josh’s enthusiasm.

Q: What do you enjoy to do outside of work?
Reading, quilting/sewing, get together with friends.

Q: What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I used to have horses.

Q: Best vacation or travel spot you’ve been to?
Rock Springs, WY visiting my brother this summer. Not the most scenic area of Wyoming, but lots of great conversation.

Q: Do you have a nickname? What is it?
The only nickname I’ve ever had is “CG” because the office I worked in already had 5 other Carols. To this day, the people I worked with at that company call me CG.

Q: If you were an animal what would you be?
Probably a horse. Or maybe a cat.

Q: Best advice you ever received?
Not sure it’s advice, but it’s certainly stuck with me. I was around 40, my son was about 20. I made a comment to a woman I worked with (who was about 60) that my son had a lot of growing up to do. Her comment to me was “so do you”…So true. I’m still “growing up.”

Q: What did you want to be when growing up?
I would have liked to raise cattle or horses.

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?
To be a good conversationalist.

Q: What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
A home of my own.

Q: What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Remember the “I Love Lucy” episode in the chocolate factory? I worked on a line packing cookies. No, I didn’t eat any.

Karen Orth

Q: What is your role at AK?
In a nutshell, my current role is accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Q: What do you like most so far about working at AK?
Hands down it’s the work environment! The employees here are very friendly and helpful, plus everyone has a fantastic work ethic. In addition, the employees here do a lot of volunteering for the community.

Q: What do you enjoy to do outside of work?
I enjoy the great outdoors when the weather allows!

Q: What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I’m a fan of Gene Kelly and classic literature.

Q: Any hidden talents?
Talents? Not really, but I can make kids laugh with my chicken call.

Q: Favorite Movie?
I have several. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel Universe, Matrix, and sappy period pieces are some.

AK Employee Spotlight

Will Safin

***Will worked for our Pennsylvania warehouse this summer, but will be returning to us over winter break!

Q: What is your role at AK?
My role, good question, when I learn what it is I’ll let you know.

Q: What do you like most so far about working at AK
What I enjoy most about working at AK is painting.

Q: What do you enjoy to do outside of work?
I’m a fan of the New York Jets, so watching depressing football is fun and I’m into politics, so I like to read about the candidates and the debates.

Q: What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
As a wise man once said, “If I told you I would have to kill you”.

Q: Best vacation or Travel spot you’ve been to?
I’ve been to NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and the year I went was the year that they ruined the field and had to cancel the game.

Q: Favorite Movie?
Pulp Fiction with ease.

Q: Do you have a nickname? What is it?
It depends on who you ask. According to the people at work, Red. According to my father’s side of the family, Turtle.

Q: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Kristofer Hivju

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali

Q: If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
The JFK assassination because there was no magic bullet.

Q: If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My grandmother’s mac and cheese.

Q: If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
-Seasons 1-7 of Game of Thones because I don’t recognize season 8
-My cellphone (of course)
-A bow with arrows

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?
To be invisible.

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