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Employee Spotlight - Blue Inc

This week’s employee spotlight at Blue, Inc is Kathy!

Kathy has been with Blue Inc for just over a year.  She attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton MO.  She studied Arts Management and Minored in Theatre.  She was selected this week by her peers due to her ability to lead others.  She has helped several others in the firm receive promotions and continues to make herself available to everyone.  She is not only a great teacher, but a great student.  Kathy is a hard worker and is always seeking ways to better herself, while passing on knowledge to others.  

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When speaking to Kathy, we had a few questions.  

Blue Inc:  Why did you start with Blue Inc?  What was it that attracted you to the company?  
Kathy:  When I first started in Blue Inc. it was purely based on the President, Wrinardo McKennedy. I came into my interview, and as nervous as I was, within seconds of sitting across the table from him I felt comfortable. He asked me a simple question, “What do your parents do and what have you learned from them?”  Not having grown up with parents after the age 12, I was unsure what to say. I thought, should I be honest, or would that seem as if I wanted sympathy. So without thinking I said, although my father passed away and my mother went through personal issues, what they taught me was that fear is a choice and happiness is a choice, and I chose to be fearless and I chose to be happy. He looked me in the eyes and said that was exactly what he is looking for. The confidence that he had in me, made me realize there is more to this company than just a job, this seemed like the most supportive environment I had ever been a part of and it still is to this day.

Blue Inc:  What have you learned since starting at the firm?
Kathy:  The amount that I have learned since coming into this company could be a great book, but if I had to sum it up, I would say self-reflection and self-discipline.  I had just gotten out of college and had no focus or direction. I knew I wanted freedom, wealth, and happiness, like any bright-eyed graduate, but I just wanted an opportunity of a lifetime to appear and all the sudden I have it all. Being in the company I have held on the fact that opportunity looks a lot like hard work and if you want something you have to be ready for the work it takes to get it. I have learned to accept and learn from my failed attempts at something, instead of hide them.  I have also learned that the greatest leaders make the loudest mistakes and teach a crowd how to overcome.

Blue Inc:  What is your favorite business book?
Kathy:  The book that has pushed me the most in business is Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World, by Dev Aujla and Billy Parish. With real-life success stories and practical advice and exercises, Making Good outlines how to find opportunities to effect change and make money. This book is for that person who wants to run a company, but not just because they want money. This book is for world changers.

Blue Inc:  Tell us something about you?  What do you like to do in your spare time?
Kathy:  I am a simple person, but I like to have my share of fun. In my free time I play guitar and write music.  I also spend time with people I work with, and my friends doing things like golf, whirly ball, float trips, and lots of karaoke. My crazy side loves rock concerts and spelunking.  

Blue Inc:  Last question, if you had to name one person your hero, who would it be and why?
Kathy:  That is easy.  My hero in life is my father. He passed away of cancer when I was little girl. He was the strongest man I had ever met. He worked many jobs that were manual, hard, labor. One job was in Oklahoma City where he was a maintenance man for over 5 different apartment complexes and he was on the clock literally 24/7.  I remember nights of him going to a job at 3 or 4 in the morning. He did whatever it took to take care of his family. He was loving, funny, and the core of his entire family. He taught me how to care for others, how to work harder than anyone else around you, and never forget to have a little fun and let lose when you get the chance. There is no greater influence.

By the end of the year, Kathy will be leading a team to expand into new markets for our clients.  She is a great example with her hard work, dedication, consistency, and supportive role.  

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Katherine Bozec is in the employee spotlight at Blue Inc. She has shown great leadership skills, leading from the front, helping a fellow co-worker get promoted to Assistant Management on Monday. Her hard work is paying off, which is exactly why she gets to share her story this week.

What attracted you to our company?
“The opportunity for growth! I attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with an Art Education Degree.” She struggled to find a position right out of college and chose to get some business experience under her belt. She feels that experience will open up many doors for her future.

What is a funny/Interesting fact about you?
“It may not initially seem like it, but “I love metal music.”

What is one important thing you have learned since your start at Blue?
“I have learned that growth and development is never ending, even outside the classroom.”

If you had a super power, what would it be?
“I would want the ability to slow down time. Then I could achieve everything I wanted to on my own accord.”

What motivates you?
“Being a part of something great and having a little piece of a bigger picture.”

What is your favorite movie quote?
“Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”-Helen Keller

Employee Spotlight!

This week our employee spot light is on Matt Robin!

Matt was selected by his peers as the “MVP” in the office this week. While in college he played division one baseball at Ohio University, so he is no stranger to being an asset to the team!

When Matt started working with us, he originally was looking to gain entry level experience in the business world. After a few weeks, he realized he could build his career faster than anticipated.  On a daily basis, Matt feels that he is developing both personally and professionally through his coaching here at Blue. 

Matt says that his favorite part about being part of our team is “the fun, positive environment that we create in the office.  It allows people to be themselves while still staying professional.”

Employee Spotlight: Blue Inc Schaumburg Employees talk about Blue!

Blue Inc asked some of its employees to talk about their experiences here and this is what they found out:

Cori T.,a top Account Manager at Blue says that what he likes the most about working at Blue is that “I have the opportunity to be around cool people, who are motivated to succeed in life.  I also like the fact that I get the chance to travel to different areas around the United States.”  He says that Blue Inc gives him the opportunity to produce and develop other people’s skills as well.  Another Account Manager, David S. says that Blue “provides me the opportunity to develop my skills and help me reach my goal to obtain a position in management.”  David also says he enjoys the fun and positive environment that Blue Inc has and it is the thing he likes the most about working for the company.

Thanks Cori and David for letting us know what you think!

Tiffany

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Tiffany is a communications student from Aurora University and she’s new to our admin family. She believes growth in the company is based on merit and not seniority. Tiffany loves adrenaline and wants to be a professional skydiver. Blue taught her to step out of her comfort zone and start conversations on the drop of a dime. 

We asked her if she could possess a superpower, what it would be. She said she would love to fly! She loves the sky and the feeling of having wind gushing through her hair. Tiffany is motivated to be the best she can be at everything so that she can make her family happy and and so that she can accomplish her dreams. 

"Live life to the fullest, because you only have one!"

Dany

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Dany graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a degree in communications and media studies. He was drawn to Blue because of Wrinardo’s (President at Blue) smile. Blue has a lot of happy and excited employees and the environment at Blue is always upbeat. 

Dany loves horse polo and loves that Blue is completely sports oriented. Since working at Blue, he learned that patience is a virtue. We asked Dany if he could possess any super power, he would control your mind. Dany is motivated by positive and fun loving people.  

HIs favorite quote is “The corruption of the best is the worst” 

Matt

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The employee of the week is Matt! Matt is from Ohio University and graduated with a sports management degree,which brought him into Blue, a sports oriented company. At Blue, we love motivated people who can run a team, and have fun at the same time. Matt played college baseball and since at Blue, he thinks it’s extremely important to help others because that is how you learn and gain new experiences. 

We asked Matt if he could have a superpower, he would be able to fly so that he could travel wherever at any point in time.  

Matt believes life is short and you shouldn’t take anything for granted. He is grateful for the privilege to wake up everyday and get better at whatever he is set out to do. He believes you should take advantage of every opportunity and to not give up until you’ve reached your goals. 

"Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something in life." 

Abel Franco

This week, the employee spotlight is on Abel Franco! He has been voted by his peers as what a motivational and inspiring leader should be. Abel truly brings the energy to the workplace and enjoys the comfortable and uplifting essence of Blue. Abel was inspired by the opportunities and freedom seen here. Blue is a great place to advance your future without the dull office atmosphere.  Abel always has something to talk about to liven the mood and did we mention he’s a great hairdresser? One thing he’s learned at Blue is recreation and the chance for personal growth and entrepreneurship.

We asked him if he could possess any superpower, what would it be. He said he would love to be invisible, and then other superheroes wouldn’t see him. Abel is motivated by freedom to spend time with his family and friends and to travel and learn new things. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have left to succeed.”

Thanks Abel for sharing your goals with us and we look forward to your success here at Blue.

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