What do you do in your position?
If I say “I hire people,” that sounds so easy. It’s more complex than that. I work closely with our managers to locate and hire talented professionals into important positions at Oldcastle. Many of my positions are located in the Southeastern United States (Florida, Alabama, and Georgia), but I will work on other Oldcastle Materials positions as needed.
When did you start working at Oldcastle?
I started right before the Christmas Holiday in 2012.
Where is your job located?
What do you like about working here?
I like the satisfaction of making people happy—the hiring managers and candidates selected. Oldcastle has many unique opportunities. Finding the right candidate for the perfect job is extremely rewarding.
What are the best parts of your job?
Getting to enjoy a different adventure during the day is always delightful. We have pot luck lunches, Lunch & Learn sessions, and other team activities. I also enjoy traveling to my Southeast Division (Tampa) in the cold months. Rochester, NY, can be a snowy place to live and work, with a yearly average of 100 inches of snow.
Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
Oldcastle is a positive, forward-thinking, growing company. When I joined Oldcastle, I had limited knowledge of the paving industry. Everyone that I interact with inside the company have continued to provide encouragement. I tell my friends and relatives to consider Oldcastle — Our Materials Division provides excellent opportunities at all levels.
How would your coworkers describe you?
Quiet, shy and reserved – Not!
I enjoy having fun at work and making people laugh. Our team works closely together to help one another meet our goals. It’s a fun, productive place.
Keep the costumes at home!
Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
Years ago, I worked for a manufacturing company. One day, a woman arrived in our lobby to drop off her resume. She was fully dressed in a clown costume—with clown shoes, makeup, the whole deal. She provided me with a bunch of balloons and her resume. She was applying for a Purchasing Manager position, not a clown job. When I asked her why she was dressed this way, she said that she ‘would be noticed’ if she dressed this way.
Well, she was noticed. Needless to say, we noticed her, but, she did not get the job. This was not the ideal professional image that we desired for a management position in the conservative company I worked for.
My advice — Don’t dress like a clown – and don’t act like a clown in the interview.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I like to ski, swim and garden; but, mostly, I like to vacation. Take me anywhere and I will be the perfect tourist.
My husband and I reconditioned an old barn on our property, and added a nostalgic “Mail Pouch” painting on one side. It has created quite a stir. Many people travel to take photos of it. Our barn has been photographed by hundreds. Last year, we painted the other side of the barn with a Jell-O sign. The town where I live (LeRoy, NY) is the birthplace of Jell-O.
If you would like, tell us about your family.
I am happily married with two teenage boys. They provide me with loads of family and sports activities.
Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
For my first job out of college, I was a Social Director at a resort in the Pocono Mountains, in Pennsylvania. I lived on site at the resort and spent the days and nights entertaining guests. I called Bingo games, set up happy hours, and provided other fun activities. This was not my career choice, but, it was a start to a party-planning life.
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