What do you do in your position?
I work with Oldcastle’s Architectural Products Group, our division that produces building materials like paver blocks, dry mix concrete products, mulch, stone and composite decking. I help our AERT, Retail and Lawn & Garden teams find the talented folks who make, ship and sell our items every day.
Where is your job located?
I’m at 1200 Scottsville Road in beautiful, sunny Rochester, NY! (all sarcasm – although Rochester does have some good aspects, they don’t come out until May).
What do you like about working here?
I came from working for a small, non-profit company assisting people with their job search, to a huge, corporate entity. I didn’t know what to expect from the people I worked with, but the office mates that I have are awesome.
Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
The sheer size of the company makes it so exciting to work here. The opportunities that you have and the things that you can accomplish make it so amazing. I love that I can come into work, have an idea for getting new candidates for a job, and the organization fosters that idea and helps make it a reality.
How would your co-workers describe you?
What would they say about me to my face or behind my back? Hopefully, in BOTH cases, they would say that I’m a good guy who likes to have fun at his job but takes it seriously, makes a few jokes to make the day go by, and is a good person to bounce new ideas off of and collaborate with.
Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
My first “real” job ever was working at Wal-Mart in the Hardware department. Did I know the difference between interior or exterior paint when I was 17? No, but they deemed me fit to work there because I was big and I could lift stuff for the customers.
Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
I bartended for a nice hotel on the lake in Canandaigua, NY, when I was paying my way through college. One time, I was wrapping everything up for the night and, out of nowhere, Lynyrd Skynyrd (the band, not the dude) came in to the bar. I didn’t know what to expect. I thought things were going to get totally rowdy and out of control, but they were the nicest group of guys and gals ever. I talked to the late Billy Powell (the pianist) and one of the backup singers for hours. The band went through A LOT of Jack Daniels that night, but they gave me so much in tips it was well worth it. The next day, they told me to come to their concert, for free, in Syracuse. They left me 4 VIP tickets at will call, and I had another awesome night with my friends and the band. The rest of that story can’t be told via this medium, sorry.
If you would like, tell us about your family.
My Mom, who is retired, lives about 45 minutes away in little Newark, New York. My Dad, who is also retired, lives outside of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I also have a sister who lives outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is the best special education teacher in the universe.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy playing and watching sports, specifically basketball. I’m a huge video game nerd, so I’m always playing whatever the next big game for the Playstation is. I enjoy spending time with my friends.
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