People ask me all the time why I started my career with Schneider at this location. That’s easy — Joliet Jake’s brother in the Blues Brothers really was named after Joliet, IL. Yes, our Elwood Warehouse is located right on the edge of Joliet, IL.
Seriously though, our team has strived to put Elwood on the map and in a great way. Our customers can attest that we have built a world-class operation here, one that other organizations should look to when choosing a logistics provider.
I started my career at Schneider in June 2011 as an Area Manager on third shift working in our Order Filling Department. In August 2012, I was promoted to the role I am in now, an Operations Manager on third shift. Including my four years at Schneider, I have 20 years of warehousing experience under my belt.
I have had the opportunity to work for great companies, but I really enjoy the culture in our warehouse in Elwood. We are a collaborative group. My team knows they all have a vote in any and all of the operations decisions we make and that I am in their corner. I do my best to mentor and encourage them along the way.
Each day presents new opportunities and challenges, but that’s one of the things I really enjoy about my role and what makes it unique. Every day is a puzzle that must be assembled a little different than yesterday, and it will look different tomorrow.
As an Operations Manager, it is my job to stay positive and keep things in perspective. We have a lot of people who are handling a lot of freight and it’s important to help my associates stay above the pressures of succumbing to that. I am encouraged daily, however, when I think of how many associates’ families we feed and the customers we satisfy every day. It’s very rewarding.
The opportunities are endless.
At Schneider, you’ll experience the rewarding feeling you get as a hardworking warehouse associate, and you’ll be exposed to opportunities to grow and advance in your career.