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Friday, September 27, 2013

I am Remi! Featuring Jennifer Salek

Get to know a different employee every quarter.

Fall 2013

Jennifer Salek
Business Development

Before coming to work at Remi in 2009, you worked at a large international corporation. What are some of the differences between the two and/or what do you like most about working at a small, family-owned business? 
One difference that is clear to me from the onset of transitioning from an international company to a small one is that big business tends to create a highly process-driven environment which employees are encouraged to follow, often times being reprimanded for not following the process. A small business, on the contrary, encourages employees to take risk, be innovative, and even challenge established policies to find new ways of increasing efficiency. Another unexpected benefit is the aspect of learning a business inside and out, while building relationships with employees of all levels. You can actually work with, not just for, your boss. A final perk, of a small company versus a large, is you are given the opportunity to explore your talents and discover what you love; this opportunity can be huge. Remi not only stands by this mindset, they support it! 

To quote Bob Burg, a published author and public speaker, “All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust.” What should people know about you and Remi? 
Remi impresses me every day by outperforming and growing during a time when a lot of companies are struggling; not because of what propels it, but in spite of all obstacles that might impede it. Remi is able to do this, in part, due to the character and ethical courage demonstrated by management. Remi consistently sets the example for everyone to follow, allowing for each and every employee to follow in their footsteps. I am thrilled to be one of many employees that have the opportunity to experience such leadership. 

As a member of the Marketing Team, you have various responsibilities. What do you like most about working in Marketing?
From the beginning of transitioning into the Marketing Department, I couldn't help but notice that I am part of a very creative team. A team where my contribution is only one component of a process that combines the talents of many people, each contributing to an overall effort that produces a final result/product. This is without a doubt the greatest representation of teamwork. Remi is fortunate enough to have their own in-house Marketing Department, where each and every one of us act as an effective spokesperson for building the reputation of the company and contributing  to a sale. It is a privilege to come to work every day to an area of a company where you truly feel like you make a difference in the success of the company and to work with such a great team. 

As an active participant in all of Remi’s fundraising and charity events, what’s your favorite charity that the company supports and why? 
Oh, wow – that’s a difficult question. There are numerous charities that an individual/company can participate in to improve the community and the rewards of helping your community through charity are priceless. Charity also gives you an understanding that there is something larger than yourself. The fact that Remi sponsors multiple fundraisers and charity events speaks volumes to the efforts of the company to give back not to just one deserving cause, but to multiple causes and that Remi is not just thinking of themselves, but others! Considering all the charity work that Remi does annually, it is difficult to select a favorite charity since I believe each one brings tremendous value in its own unique way. 

You are one of the few who have won the company’s highly coveted Competency, Contribution & Attitude (CCA) Award. Were you surprised you won?
Surprised? Yes!! However, there is an ole’ saying ‘no man is an island’ and that is true. It goes without saying that I was truly honored and thrilled to be one of the first recipients of the award, but life is about teamwork. Each member of the team has his/her own strengths and when used all together as one, you form something that is incredible. So again, as I am most grateful for the award; I am more grateful for the department at the time of receiving the award and the entire Remi team that made it possible.

People might not know this about you, but you love gardening, which requires a lot of hard work, time, and attention. What lessons has your garden taught you that carry over in to the business world?
A garden is ‘natures’ business world; so as with gardening. we have to remember to work your business and chose to be successful. In business just like in gardening, growing is half the battle – harvest what you grow! In the business world harvesting a relationship is crucial, especially with someone that supports your work. One of the most important things I have learned from gardening was as recently as this summer with the huge amounts of rainfall. This season taught me that ‘you’re not always in control’. I will now forever remember that I am not able to control the amount of rainfall bestowed upon the harvest. This lesson brings tremendous value to business; you have to accept that there are things that are just plain beyond your ability to control…no matter how much you want too! And…we have to always remember that our results always equal the amount of work we put into our job. So keep cultivating your job and enjoy the beauty of the hard work.

What is one piece of advice you would give to new employees at Remi? 
No matter what your experience, title or education – don’t overlook the obvious essentials such as being honest, ethical, and hard working. The honorable employee is one who can be trusted to do the right thing, no matter what the situation.

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