"Employee Profile Nikki Couillard"
Fourth Quarter, 2005 K ee p i n g yo u i n fo r m ed , a w ar e , an d co nn ec t ed S CHRO EDER CO NNECTED INSIDE THIS ISSUE Employee Profile: Nikki Couillard 2005 Accomplishments……2 Project Highlights …………….2 On February 1st, it will be a year to the day that Best of 2005……….……..……2 Nikki Couillard joined the staff at Schroeder Solutions. Coming all the way from Denver, Nikki’s - Insert: Christmas Party experience and dedication has been a great benefit to Birthdays, Anniversaries..…3 the Design Department. SMS President’s Quality After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Award…………………………..…3 Stevens Point with a degree in Interior Architecture, Gettin’ Healthy in 2006..…4 Nikki started her design career at Emmons Business Interiors (EBI). She worked at EBI for about two Shane’s Core Four…………..4 years until she was offered a position at Teammates Commercial Interiors, a newly formed company, in Denver, Colorado. There she mainly worked with Teknion, specifying product, space planning, Q & A with Nikki: designing and working closely with her clients. What are your favorite pastimes? My family is very Nikki worked at Teammates for about seven years, important to me, so spending whatever precious time I can soaking up the posh Colorado lifestyle before she with my daughter Ariyanna and my husband Chris is very and her husband, Chris, decided it was time to move rewarding to me. I also like to get up early on Saturdays and back home to be closer to family. Sundays to walk our dog, Poncho. If time allows, I love to read, paint and help renovate our house. Once Scott Gierhahn heard “through the grapevine” about Nikki’s plans, he was bound and determined to Where do you live? I live in West Allis right on Kinnikinick parkway. . . just close enough to smell Graebe’s recruit this bright young designer – and after a few delicious bakery. meetings during the holidays, he succeeded! Nikki moved back to Wisconsin the following January and Favorite movie? Hmmmm. . . the two that are neck and took the position of Design Team Leader at neck would be Dumb and Dumber, and Son in Law. I love slapstick comedies that don’t make me think about much of Schroeder Solutions. During the year that Nikki has anything. I just love to laugh. been with Schroeder, she has seen the company grow and gain great new projects and clients. Along with Dream Vacation? My dream vacation would be to go her design work load, Nikki oversees the design back to Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden. I was fortunate department and manages all design related jobs. She enough to go there when I was a senior in High School. It’s so beautiful - I would visit anywhere and everywhere I could! is also a member of the newly formed leadership team, which focuses on working together as leaders Favorite Restaurant? My favorite restaurant is PF in the company. Nikki’s positive approach to her Changs China Bistro. The food is wonderful and the work and willingness to do whatever it takes to get atmosphere is unique to its own setting. (PS: The lettuce wraps are a must!) the job done shows through in everything she does. She truly has been a wonderful addition to our staff! Favorite Artist? Billy Joel. Who inspires you? My father and my husband. I Santa with learned my work ethic, loyalty and morals from my father. Nikki’s He taught me to always do the very best you can. My daughter, husband is also an amazing man – he is a very strong Ariyanna individual and is definitely the level-headed one of the two of and Nikki us! at the Company Favorite Memory at Schroeder? My favorite Christmas memories are the times when we all get to hang out outside of Party work, like the Brewer’s game and the Christmas Party (s). Page 2 4th Quarter, 2005 4th Quarter 2005, PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: HIGHLIGHTS PCI: Provided design, relocation of 2005 and installation services for their Corporate Expansion 2005 has been a year of great Product:Teknion Seating accomplishments. We have (Contessa)-Filing-Storage- exceeded our expected sales Expansion Desking and Casegoods goals and gained valuable new Sales: Roberta Burg staff members in the office as PM: Jeff Baker well as the field. Our account PCI’s “High-tech” look Lead Installer: Bob Jaskie base has grown dramatically over Designer: Gretchen Machmueller this past year, and continues to grow. We are adding companies like Virchow Krause, Briggs and Stratton Distribution Center: Provided design, relocation Roadrunner, HK Systems, and installation services for their move Brookfield Pontiac, and the to a larger building. Miller Brewing Company to our list of current customers. The Product: Teknion Expansion, Bretford, installation crew has increased and AIS M-Wall by a staggering 40%! Amazing! Project Manager: Kenlyn Wierzbach We have also updated all the Lead Installer: Jason Frank installation uniforms with the Designer: Nikki Couillard Briggs Dist. Center Private Office installer’s names and our new logo, and added trucks to our fleet, cutting down the amount Roadrunner: Provided space- of rentals we have to use. Lastly, planning, refabrication, and some our website has been updated to new product for a reconfiguration reflect our company’s image and and corporate expansion. We then to clearly explain all our performed their move and provided new Private Office furniture competencies. 2005 has been a year of growth and excitement! Product: AIS Clone Product, It’s exciting to think about what Teknion Expansion Casegoods 2006 has in store for us! Sales: Toni Gundersen Roadrunner workstations Project Manager: Jim Friedl - Scott Gierhahn, President/CEO Lead Installer: Bob Jaskie Designer: Gretchen Machmueller Blue Cross Blue Shield : Provided labor services to relocate and close AMONG THE BEST OF 2005 one of their locations in In the recent “Best Products and News of 2005” Platteville,WI. We are continuing to edition of the Monday Morning Quarter Back provide numerous relocations (The Business of the Contract Furnishings throughout their southeastern Industry) Teknion had two products named among the best of Wisconsin locations. 2005. Lyft was recognized because of its great ability to Project Manager: Dan Spychalla “increase workstation-planning flexibility” and allow users to Lead Installer: Steve Stein “tailor workstations to the distinct requirements of their Designer: Nikki Couillard and Jan individual needs.” Also recognized was Teknion’s ie furniture Watter system. Ie works with a 15-degree connectivity so, “you can create unusually interesting workstation geometry.” Screens can be added for privacy and with ie, every square inch of a building is usable. From MMQB, December 19 & December 26, 2005 Page 3 4th Quarter, 2005 BIRTHDAYS>>> ANNIVERSARIES>>> INTRODUCING>>> January NEW FIELD EMPLOYEES – Josh Jordan – 2003 Santiago Valle Emery Botcher – 2003 Roy Larson Jake Lucio – 2003 Ramon Lozano Bob Jaskie - 2004 Thad Dziubinski Jesse Cerar February Gerry Xiong January Greg Grant – 1995 James Edwards NEW OFFICE EMPLOYEE Mark Morris – 1/8 Scott Nichols – 2002 Dionne Jackson – Payroll Scott Nichols – 1/18 Terry Gerdman – 2002 Clerk <pictured below> Gretchen Machmueller – 1/16 Nikki Couillard – 2005 Jake Lucio – 1/5 Vidal Gordon - 2005 Roy Larson – 1/15 March February Rob Kanack - 2005 Bob Jaskie – 2/17 Nikki Couillard – 2/22 EMPLOYEES OF THE Avery Aikens – 2/12 MONTH>>> December August Amanda Gierhahn – 3/4 Darin Larkin Heidi Rebernick Heidi Rebernick – 3/11 October September Mike Meyer – 3/26 Jeff Mikula Armando Jan Watter – 3/30 Roberta Burg Jan Watter Schroeder Moving Systems, New Berlin PRESIDENT’S QUALITY AWARD We are pleased to announce that this past November our parent company, Schroeder Moving Systems in New Berlin won the United Van Line’s PRESIDENT’S QUALITY AWARD! This is the most prestigious award presented by United Van Lines. Schroeder Moving Systems was recognized as the top moving agency among the 560 agencies nationwide - accumulating a quality performance record that exceeded all others. They have set the precedent for customer service, resulting in an astonishing 96% willingness to recommend by their customers. Jim Schroeder, Mark Ubert, and John Schroeder Schroeder Solutions is proud to be a partner with the “best of the best” among moving agencies nationwide! Pictured at the Schroeder Moving Systems dinner held in celebration of winning the President’s A big CONGRATULATIONS to the employees of Schroeder Quality Award Moving Systems in New Berlin!! Page 4 4th Quarter, 2005 GETTIN’ HEALTHY IN 2006 Keeping you informed, aware, and connected Feeling the strain of the holidays on the old beltline? Try a few of these tips for a healthier ’06 . . . Eat Breakfast . . . It’s true – regular meals and occasional low-cal snacks help prevent the “famine-then-feast” syndrome. Great Start: Fill up first thing with high-fiber cereal, whole-grain bread or fresh fruit. Bite into a pickle or lemon. . . Advantages, neither has any calories to speak of, and the sour taste will curb your appetite. Don’t have either? Shane’s Care Four Try brushing your teeth. Post a list Of small projects on the refrigerator. Then, whenever you’re bored or tempted to veg 1. Be the best: as a out in front of the TV and snack, tackle an item representative of our from you list. company Serve yourself half the amount you usually eat if 2. Develop accurate you tend to eat whatever is in front of you. And and timely make less food look like more by using smaller information: plates. internally and Exercise in the morning. Why? After fasting externally overnight, two-thirds of the calories burned come 3. Teamwork: with from stored fat, which contains more calories than SSI, with vendors, carbohydrates – the main energy source in with industry afternoon workouts. partners (GC, A&D) Keep calories burning with aerobic exercise, like 4. Serve: clients, biking, swimming or rowing. Advantage: a single teammates, session burns calories during the workout and for community several hours afterward Take your time. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal that you’re full. REMEMBER: You are So gulping food quickly may lead to overeating. either self-serving or you serve others Other simple ways to cut 100-200 calories per day: Breakfast. Instead of two pieces of EDITOR: Amanda Gierhahn white toast, switch to whole wheat. Instead of THANKS TO: regular fruit-flavored yogurt switch to light or fat-free yogurt. Nikki Couillard, Sarah Rieck, Dionne Jackson, Shane Coffee break. Switch from whole milk to non-fat Blackman, Linda Picard and milk in your latte. Replace the apple Danish with an Scott Gierhahn for their help in oat bran bagel. completing this issue of Lunch. Put 1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise on your sandwich instead of 1 Schroeder Connected! tablespoon of regular mayonnaise, and make it turkey instead of salami. Replace cream-based soups with broth-based soups. Afternoon snack. Replace a small bag of chips with a cup or two of light popcorn. Replace an ice cream sandwich with a low-cal frozen fudge bar. Cocktail hour. Have two light beers rather than two regular beers. Drink a glass of red wine instead of a margarita. Dinner. Have a green salad with light dressing instead of a baked potato with butter or sour cream. Choose a "light" frozen entrée rather than regular.