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Dan Uber, our Receiving Supervisor at our Smock Warehouse, became the next recipient of the Warrior Helmet. Melissa handed the helmet off to Dan because of him being dedicated to his job and the company, stating that he will work any Saturday if asked. According to Melissa, Dan also makes every day at work more fun and enjoyable! Continue reading below to hear what winning the Warrior Helmet means to Dan and what he loves most about working at COE! Spoiler alert: Dan crushes every day at work, along with all the levels of Candy Crush!

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It is great to be recognized by one of my peers for the positive impact that I make doing my job every day.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

Someone who is a team player, that helps other people when able.  A person whose main goal is doing their job correctly, and after completing their duties for the day, they try to keep busy making their area better.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

Letting me take charge of my area, impacting all the people that work for me without micromanagement.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

The only goal I have is to continue to make the receiving department’s culture the same as mine. Always trying to improve the organization of the warehouse and emphasizing teamwork. COE can support this by continuing to do the same in other areas.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

I like that COE has programs in place and distributes the rewards fairly throughout the company.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

The tickets to the games are great. A lot of people can’t afford the prices, so they don’t have an opportunity to go to games.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

Giving two because they are both part of my DNA: Teamwork and Respect. I live by the golden rule and treat others how I would like to be treated.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I am a twin. I ride a motorcycle and have the video of totaling one 4.5 years ago. I’m on level 4512 on Candy Crush. I grew up in Butler, living near Clarion for 20 years. I met my wife on Christian Mingle, and she is the reason I moved to Uniontown.

Melissa Dyer,  one of our Purchasing Agents was chosen by Jimmy Guseman, from the warehouse, to receive the warrior helmet next, calling out the teamwork that she showcases every day. 

This is truly an amazing Christmas gift for Melissa, who is a die-hard Penguin’s fan and loves work just as much! She even used the helmet for the Elf on the Shelf for her kids!

Fun Fact: Melissa is a HUGE hockey fan and her love for hockey was a large part in how our Penguins Engagement Partnership began. 

 

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Winning the warrior helmet means so much to me! I am happy to be chosen by a coworker – that means I’m making a positive impact at COE.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

I already know who I am choosing and the reason is because this person is the best team player and is always willing to help in any way possible!

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has offered so many great opportunities to me and I am blessed to be a part of an amazing company! I am thankful for each and every opportunity.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

I want to continue to grow in this company and I am sure that COE will continue to offer all the tools necessary to do so.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

Honestly, I love the warrior helmet and what it represents. To have the chance to receive it absolutely made my day. All of the engagement programs are phenomenal!

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

All of it! I am looking forward to January for the book club and I’m so excited to read The Power of Moments.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

Jimmy mentioned teamwork as he was handing off the warrior helmet. I feel that I am a team player, I am always willing to help out in any way that I can. 

Karlton Dennis, another one of our hard-working warehouse team members from our Smock Distribution Center, was awarded the Warrior Helmet at our last ceremony. He was given the honor from his fellow teammate, Mike Benson, who said that he sees all the dedication that Karlton puts into getting the job done right every day. We had Karlton explain to us what this honor has meant to him, and how COE has helped him get to where he is today!

 

Fun Fact: Karlton is a talented artist, and loves to draw in his free time. 

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

The Warrior Helmet program is an awesome thing to be a part of, and it shows that my co-workers do pay attention to all of the hard work that I put in every day.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

When it comes to choosing the new recipient, I look for someone who works hard and someone that is a team player.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has provided me the opportunity to have a career and not just a job. Because of COE, I am able to provide financially for my family.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

My goals for myself would be to keep working harder and harder every day, and eventually to move up in the work place.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

My favorite part of the employee engagement programs at COE are the Start, Stop, Continue Surveys that we participate in quarterly. These surveys give us team members an opportunity to provide our thoughts and ideas for the company, to not only help COE grow, but all of us grow as well.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

I like that we get chances to win tickets to the games and that we are able to have co-branded merchandise, that showcase both our logo and the Pens logo together.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

I believe that teamwork is a big one for me, because helping others will get the job done faster and more efficient. Also, by helping others, you can teach people new things.

Mike Benson, one of our hard-working warehouse team members from our Smock Distribution Center, was awarded the Warrior Helmet at our last ceremony. He was given the honor from his fellow teammate, Charlie Klink, who joked by saying that he was giving the helmet to “the second hardest worker in the room.” All jokes aside, Mike Benson is a strong asset to COE, who works hard for the company every single day. We took Mike away from working hard out in the warehouse for few minutes to discuss what this honor has meant to him.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Winning the Warrior Helmet meant a lot to me. I am not a person who needs personal recognition, but this recognition did feel good, and I am thankful for it.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

When it comes to choosing the new recipient, I look for someone who shows pride in their work. Someone who shows up every day, willing to work and get the job done.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has always provided a good environment to be a part of every day, with lots of good opportunities. I am thankful to work for such a great company.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

My goals for myself would be to keep coming in to work every day ready to work hard. By doing so, I will be a part of helping the company grow.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

My favorite part of the employee engagement programs at COE are when all the team members come together. I love hearing updates on how the company is doing and just being around everyone

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

I am most excited for JD! This is a big, exciting step for the company.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

I believe that teamwork is the most essential core value that you can have. You cannot do anything just by yourself. You need help from others to learn and better yourself.

Even after work hours, our team members enjoy expanding their knowledge, by getting involved with different opportunities within the community. COE Distributing, along with the leaders, get involved with the community on different levels, including sitting on boards, volunteering, or attending networking events. When that same passion trickles down to the rest of the team members, a company filled with passionate employees is created.

MELISSA DYER

Melissa Dyer, one of our Purchasing team members and Rising Stars has been involved with the Fayette Leaders Academy. We sat down with Melissa to learn more about the program, how it has helped her at COE, and how she has grown because of the opportunity. We also got her feedback on how the Rising Stars program at COE has helped her grow, as well as, her favorite part of our Employee Engagement Partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  

What have you learned as a member of the Fayette Leaders Academy?

In our very first session, we had the privilege of welcoming Dr. Emily Dennis as our speaker. We used the DISC Personality Test and Gallup Strengths Assessment to learn about how our strengths can influence our development at work and also how to work with different personalities effectively. In everyday situations at work, I go back to that initial session, and it proves very helpful.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned by being a member of the Academy?

I have learned to always strive to be a better version of yourself each and every day; never stop learning and growing!

What is the most enjoyable thing you have done as a member of the Academy?

We have done so many fun activities, that encourage us to work as a team and show our strengths and assets. My favorite activity would have to be the Escape Room we attended. Working together as a team paid off – we did escape!

What have you learned the most through the Rising Stars Program?

Teamwork makes the dream work! Working with Tim, Paola, and Brittany on various projects is both rewarding and fun. A favorite opportunity of mine is the Scaling Up Book Club, where I enjoy listening to everyone’s ideas; it is amazing how one thought from one person can trigger so many good ideas within the group.

What has it meant to you being chosen for the program?

It is an honor to be a part of the Rising Stars Program and also the Fayette Leader Academy. It is truly a blessing to love coming to work every single day!

How do you feel about our Employee Engagement Partnership with the Penguins and what are you most excited for?

I think anyone could answer this one for me! I absolutely love the Penguin Partnership! I have been a Pens fan for as long as I can remember, and to me, this is the most AWESOME opportunity on the planet! I am excited for ALL of it. Looking forward to the book club, the deck hockey game, as well as everything else. I love the Warrior Helmet. After every game, I get so excited to see who the next recipient is in the Pens locker room, and to now do that here at COE, is just so much fun!

Through all of these opportunities you are a part of, what have you learned about yourself?

I have learned that there is always room to grow; the sky is the limit! Staying positive and working hard for a company that you are proud of is very rewarding!

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