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Erick Rodriguez, Bilingual Sourcing Specialist, Allied Building Products

17021619_851081929996_4870670717929656329_nWhat do you do in your position?  I am a Bilingual Sourcing Specialist for Allied Building Products. I source candidates and cultivate relationships to attract potential candidates to our company.

When did you join Oldcastle? March 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? Thus far, I have enjoyed how friendly and helpful everyone is, especially in providing assistance to my many questions.  In addition, the work environment is very relaxed and professional.

What are the best parts of your job? The best part of my job is being able to change a person’s life by helping them achieve their career goals.  Also,  my job gives me the opportunity to enhance my career development and become connected with professionals in the community.

What was your first job ever? My first job was at my college cafeteria, and I washed dishes for 2 years there.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? At my previous job, a snake was found in a closet, and everyone left the office for the day.  The funny part was how quickly everyone left the room.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  I have a  nine-year-old son named Aiden James.  He loves animals and playing hockey. Also, we have a few animals at home. We have three dogs and a parrot name Obie.

Connect with Erick on LinkedIn.  

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Christina McPhee, Operations Recruiter

ChristinaMWhat do you do in your position?  I am an Operations Recruiter for the Precast Division of Oldcastle.

When did you join Oldcastle? March 2017

Where is your job located? Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? I really enjoy the supportive and positive work environment. If I have a question, there are multiple people who were willing to help me find the answer. We manage our own individual workloads; however, we all help each other if we run into difficult situations. It’s wonderful that I get to work with people who possess such elevated levels of knowledge and skills. The Rochester recruiting center is truly a great place to work!

What are the best parts of your job? I think the best thing about my job is being able to connect with a variety of people all over the United States and assist them with finding a career.

What would co-workers say about you? I would think that they would say that I am a hard worker and willing to help out whenever I can. 

What was your first job ever?  I was 15 and I worked at Wegmans grocery store as a cashier.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?  When I worked at Wegmans, I had an interesting experience. One Sunday, Danny Wegman himself came in and assisted me with bagging groceries on my lane.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  Most of my family lives in Rochester, NY. I have an older brother and younger sister. I grew up with a love for animals because my family owns and trains thoroughbred horses. We love to gather and watch the races together. 

Connect with Christina on LinkedIn.  

See Christina (below) in this short clip the Recruiting Office made for Go Orange day (part of National Work Zone Awareness Week)

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Frank Battaglia, Corporate Recruiter

frankbWhat do you do in your position?  I am a recruiter for the Materials Division of Oldcastle.

When did you join Oldcastle? November, 2016

Where is your job located?  Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here? So far, I’ve most enjoyed the people and the fast-paced environment.  Everyone is down-to-earth and has been really supportive in answering all of my questions and making me feel at home.

What are the best parts of your job? What I’ve liked most about my role is the variety.  Coming from an agency setting, I was recruiting for, in general, one specific background/skill set.  Here at Oldcastle, I’ve already sourced and recruited for IT Business Analysts, Public Relations Specialists and Accounting professionals. This type of variety definitely keeps you on your toes, which I enjoy.

What would co-workers say about you? My co-workers would probably say that I laugh at almost anything and always put in an honest effort.

 What was your first job ever? My first ever job was a Floor Associate at Target.  It wasn’t glamorous, but helped keep some money in my pocket between high school & college when Mom & Dad decided I was old enough to earn my own keep.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I haven’t been here quite long enough to have any interesting on-the-job stories, but while working at Rite-Aid during a Summer in College, I was involved in a case of mistaken identity.  We had an employee let go by our manager, and, a few days later, the employee’s dad came storming into the store screaming at me and literally tried to jump across the counter that I was standing at.  Our actual manager heard the commotion and had me run back to the stock room and close the door.  It turns out the dad mistook me for the Manager. Long story short, about 15-20 minutes later, the manager came back and told me it was safe to come back out.  I don’t think the police were involved because our manager was a big guy, but needless to say, the father was no longer there when I came back to the front.

What do you do outside of work? I’ve played soccer my whole life and continue to do so, both indoor during the Winter months and outdoor the rest of the year.  I’ve completed a handful of half marathons, and, at some point, would like to run a full marathon here in the area, and eventually the Boston and/or NYC Marathons.

 Would you like to share anything about your family?  My immediate family is here in Rochester, and I have one younger brother.  Don’t ask me if I know any other Battaglia’s because oddly enough, almost none of that side of my family resides in Rochester, and, as a result, it’s either been a long time since seeing them or I just haven’t met many of them.  Almost everywhere I go, someone asks if I know a Battaglia, and I tell them this short story (don’t worry, I’m not mad if you’ve asked me that question).

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Frank,  Comedian/Actor David Koechner and Frank’s brother

 

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Matt Kaul, Corporate Recruiter

mattkaulWhat do you do in your position?
I am a Corporate Recruiter for Oldcastle.  This position requires me to post new job opportunities on our company website as well as a number of external job boards.  I review all candidate resumes submitted, and select the best talent for phone interviews.  I then conduct interviews and forward top performers to Hiring Managers at Oldcastle facilities all over the United States.

When did you join Oldcastle? I started late October, 2016

Where is your job located? I work at the Oldcastle Recruiting Center in Rochester, NY.

What do you like about working here?  First and foremost, it’s the people.  My coworkers are a wonderful group of talented people who work together and are willing to help one another.  As a “new guy,” it has been great to feel welcome and to have a tremendous amount of experience to lean on as I get acclimated to my new role.  Our leaders, Chris and Corey, have truly done a great job building a strong team.

What are the best parts of your job? I think the best part of the job is being in a position to help people earn gainful employment with a great company.  As a recruiter, I take pride in helping others find job opportunities and a means to support themselves and their families.

 

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The “new guys” at The Recruiting Center

What would co-workers say about you?
I think my coworkers would say that I am fun to be around and easy to talk to.

What was your first job ever?
My first job was caddying at a local golf course.   

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? I have many, but probably nothing that can be shared publicly.

What do you do outside of work? I love spending time with my wife, my family and friends.  I play a lot of golf, enjoy traveling, cooking, watching sports (especially football), taking our dog out for walks, spending time at the lake with my wife’s family and hanging out with my buddies.matt-cliffs-of-moher

Visiting the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Would you like to share anything about your family? My wife and I are expecting our first child this month.  Very exciting times!

Can you spot Matt in our Mannequin Challenge video?

What is your LinkedIn URL? https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-kaul-11468848

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Suriel Lopez, Operations Recruiter, APG

surielWhat do you do in your position? I am an Operations Recruiter with the Architectural Products Group (APG) of Oldcastle.  I recruit for non-exempt level positions for the four groups that I support (Anchor, Jewell, Coastal and Adams).

When did you join Oldcastle? August 2016

Where is your job located?  Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?  My coworkers!  They have helped me so much since  day one, and they are still helping me to this day.  I’m pretty grateful to be a part of the team.

What are the best parts of your job? The best part of my job is building a relationship with the mangers that I’m working with in different states.  Getting to know them better, understanding what they are looking for in a candidate, and learning a little bit more  about the group that I’m supporting.

What would co-workers say about you?  I hope they would say that I’m funny, a hard worker, a bad singer, and helpful.

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What was your first job ever? My first job was working at Aramark at the Monroe County Jail right out of high school. I was a line cook, and I mainly cooked food on a flattop grill for the Deputy Sheriffs.

What is your LinkedIn URL?  Connect with Suriel here: Suriel Lopez on LinkedIn

P.S. Can you spot Suriel in this video? This is the recruiting office’s attempt at the Mannequin Challenge!

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Jennifer Latone, Driver Recruiter

jl5What do you do in your position? I am a Driver Recruiter for Allied Building Products, the distribution division of Oldcastle.  My focus is to identify talented CDL drivers across the states to join our team delivering both interior and exterior building products locally to our customers.

When did you join Oldcastle? August 2016

Where is your job located?  Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?  So far, it’s absolutely the team here! Everyone is so supportive and friendly. It seems that everyone really enjoys what they do and works hard to achieve their goals. It’s pretty awesome to be working with like-minded people.

What are the best parts of your job? What I really like about Oldcastle is that I’m not trying to fill temporary positions like some of my previous recruiting work. Being able to help a person find stable employment with a successful company makes me feel good. The fact that it’s so easy to “sell” a company that treats its employees awesome, has great benefits, and so much room for growth makes it not feel like a “sell” at all.

What would co-workers say about you? Can anyone ever answer this question? Ha, ha! Well, I would think they probably would say that I have a positive attitude and always do my best. They may say that I’m a bit of a joker filled with useless information too, lol.

What was your first job ever? I think I was 14/15 and I worked at my local pizzeria – LB’s Pizza in Lima, NY. I’d get up super early on the weekend and go in to do all the prep work for the day.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories? Let’s see…one time I had a little fender bender on the way to work, and, just as I pulled up in front of my job, my whole engine went up in flames! They had to evacuate the building until the fire department came because it might have exploded. That was pretty interesting and super embarrassing!

What do you do outside of work? I love to spend time with my mom and two sisters most of all. I am often doing some sort of experimental cooking and love learning anything new. Most of the time, I am just spoiling my cat Ludo, binge watching Netflix, or have my nose in a good book, lol. I’m a bit of a homebody.

Would you like to share anything about your family?  We are mostly a family of girls, and yet we are more mechanically inclined than most. My (tiny) big sister was a mechanic for GM for years, and I took schooling for building mechanics just so we could be self-sufficient and not have to call anyone to fix anything. I have to say that it has turned out to be a pretty handy thing.

Bonus fun fact: Both my mother and big sister were born in Japan, and I could use chopsticks before regular silverware. 🙂 

What is your LinkedIn URL?  You can find me here: Jennifer Latone on LinkedIn

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Matt Weinrich, Operations Recruiter

matthewweinrichWhat do you do in your position?
I am an Operations Recruiter with the Architectural Products Group of Oldcastle.  I mainly help find people for non-exempt level positions for our Lawn & Garden line of business that manufactures decorative stone, mulch and soils.

When did you join Oldcastle?
August 2016

Where is your job located?  Rochester, NY

What do you like about working here?
The team – they are by far the most supportive and helpful team I have been a part of. 

newemployeesseptWhat are the best parts of your job?
I enjoy helping people find jobs.  I get the opportunity to talk to people all over the US and help them find a career.  Also, no two days have been the same.

What would co-workers say about you?
I would hope they would say that I am hardworking and willing to help out whenever possible.

What was your first job ever?
My first job was working at a driving range in 6th grade.  I was the guy picking up golf balls that everyone would aim for.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?
While at my last job, we started up a sourcing team like ours in Jamaica.  I was given the opportunity to hire the first 3 members of the team and go down there for a month (in the middle of winter) and train them.

What do you do outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family.  I also enjoy playing golf, watching sports and staying active.

Would you like to share anything about your family?
I am originally from Toledo, Ohio, and have an older brother and younger sister.  I moved to Rochester in 2011 and have been married to my wife Marla for almost 4 years.  We have a baby girl Molly (6 months) and a dog – Duncan.

Where can we find you on LinkedIn? https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattweinrich

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Lea Preller, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Precast

IMG_5452What do you do in your position?
I am a Corporate Recruiter for Oldcastle Precast, a division of Oldcastle. Oldcastle Precast is a leading manufacturer of precast concrete in the U.S. My job helps busy managers across the country find qualified candidates faster and more efficiently. 

When did you join Oldcastle? I started in April, 2016!

Where is your job located?
I work in the recruiting office in Rochester, NY.

What do you like about working here?
My coworkers in the recruiting office are super friendly and helpful.  This is my first full-time position after college, so I am grateful that everyone is willing to lend a hand when I have a question.  I know that I have so much to learn, but I am fortunate to have found an opportunity with growth potential and many smart people to look up to!

What are the best parts of your job?
One of my favorite parts of my job is assisting recruiters in the office by sourcing for candidates on different job boards to help give their openings more exposure.  It is a great feeling to hear that I helped them to find qualified candidates and to fill positions faster.  Another part of my job that I love is helping different managers across the country with posting jobs and answering any of their questions.  Though I will not meet most of them in person, I enjoy developing relationships via email or over the phone and doing whatever I can to make their job easier. 

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What would co-workers say about you?
I hope that they would say that I am a hard worker and always willing to help out in any way that I can!

What was your first job ever?
I worked at Delta Sonic car wash as a cashier.  It was a great first job because it taught me valuable customer service skills. It was not a typical cashier role because I earned commission on the different products I up-sold to customers.  Some of the skills I learned working at Delta I will take with me throughout my career.

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Corporate Challenge 2016

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?
I visited a manufacturing branch in Fishers, NY that produces cement blocks.  The branch manager took us on a very thorough tour of the facility.  It was great to see the branch because it gave me a much better idea of some of the positions we recruit for beyond the details of a job description.

What do you do outside of work?
I spend most of my nights after work relaxing with my family or reading a good book.  On the weekends, I enjoy seeing my friends, going shopping, and spending some time outside.  Also, I love to travel and explore new places.

Would you like to share anything about your family?
I grew up in West Irondequoit with my parents and older sister.  My mom is a landscape designer, my dad is a manager of a vacuum store and my sister is a kindergarten teacher.  I love to spend time with them and we all get along very well!    

Connect with Lea: LinkedIn. 

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Steven Davison, Recruiting Support Coordinator

StevenDavisonWhat do you do in your position?  I am responsible for creating and managing non-exempt job postings for our Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® division, which designs, engineers, and manufactures glass and glazing systems. Ensuring that posted jobs are consistent and compliant is a major part of my job.  When I am not posting, I proactively help search for candidates from various sources.

When did you join Oldcastle? 
March 2016

Where is your job located?
Our office is located in Rochester, NY.

What do you like about working here?
The team atmosphere. During my first week, I met with every manager and coworker in the office. It really made me feel welcome. I am surrounded by great performers who work together to effectively find the best candidates for the right jobs.  


What are the best parts of your job?
Our recruiting center is starting off a new phase of recruiting with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, and I am glad to be part of something new and exciting.  Helping to take the work load off of human resource managers from having to post and manage jobs is my main function right now. I like to analyze the best words and ways to create an effective job description that will help the best candidates find our jobs. I look forward to building great internal relationships so our team can provide more services in the future.

What would co-workers say about you?
I hope they would say I’m helpful.

What was your first job ever?
Pizza Hut as a pizza maker. I’ll never be able to erase from my memory exactly how many pepperonis go on a large pizza.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?
One of my current coworkers from a previous job at a large company turned out to be one of my coworkers a few years down the road at another position. Luckily, we worked well together in the past, and had a lot of respect for each other, so we picked up right where we left off. This goes to show you that you should always network and maintain good working relationships because you never know what future connections might happen.

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Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

What do you do outside of work?
I enjoy playing the drums, and I play for my church. I also like to stay active. I enjoy going to the gym, and, when the weather gets warm, I enjoy doing outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and running. Other than that, I spend lots of time with close friends and family.  

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Would you like to share anything about your family?
I grew up in Chili, NY. I was raised by amazing parents who are still together. I am the middle of two brothers, one 3 years older and one 3 years younger. I also have a younger sister who is adopted from China. We all get along great. My older brother lives right down the road, and I enjoy seeing his four children as often as I can.

Connect with Steven: LinkedIn

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Brendan Sheehan, Corporate Recruiter

BrendanSWhat do you do in your position at the recruiting office? I am the corporate recruiter for our Architectural Products Group (APG). I work on the exempt level positions for seven of our regional companies in both the U.S. and Canada. I support the western region, as well as the northeast and Texas.

When did you join Oldcastle?
I started with Oldcastle in January of 2015.

Where is your job located?
All of the recruiting efforts for Oldcastle in North America are centralized in our offices in Rochester, NY.

What are the best parts of your job?
The people in the organization.  Even though we are the largest building materials manufacturer in North America, the company has a very blue collar feel to it. The management, from the regional presidents, to the local sales and operations managers, are all very accessible and very open. The needs for each Oldcastle company and region can vary, so having that open communication with numerous levels within the organization is a huge asset for us in the recruiting center.

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Brendan receiving ‘Recruiter of the Quarter’ Award 2016

What do you like about working here?
Getting to know the hiring managers and really being able to get a feel for their local needs. Like I mentioned, Oldcastle has a great culture of openness and working together for the greater good of the company. I love being able to get a real understanding of what we are trying to accomplish, both in business and as a leader in the building materials industry.

How would coworkers describe you?  Hopefully they would say that I’m a hardworking, fun-loving guy and team player. I try to bring a positive attitude into the work place.

What was your first job ever?
My first job was working at Silver Stadium where the Rochester Red Wings play. I worked the grill that was on a deck down the 3rd base line. It was right next to the visiting team’s bullpen, so I would talk with the players while I was setting up for the game.

Do you have any fun or interesting work stories?
We went to the National Sales Meeting in Nashville in 2015. This was at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.  There are nine acres of indoor gardens there, a river flowing through it and waterfalls. It took 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other! It was a great event – especially getting to meet over 200 people on the teams we work with all over the country.

Tell us about your family.
My mom lives in Rochester in the same town as I do, and my brother lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife, my niece and nephew. He has three books published, and is the food editor for Philadelphia Magazine. We all like to travel, and both my brother and I have lived out west on a couple of occasions.

Connect with Brendan on LinkedIn. 

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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