June, 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 Second Quarter S CHRO EDER CO NNECTED INSIDE THIS ISSUE Employee Profile: Jason Maier Updates with Scott …………2 Project Highlights ……………2 More than a few people here have seen first TRS Safety Banquet...……...3 hand the many talents and trades of Jason Birthdays, Anniversaries..…3 Maier. However, few probably know the Please Welcome.……..………4 history of how he came to be the Service Technician at Schroeder Solutions; the story Product Highlight…………….4 behind the man who is. . . The Big Drink. After graduating from the Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School, Jason took a job with PC Innovation, Inc. doing welding work. He began and continued to improve Jason – CFR Machine Operator their product, producing something the company could finally be proud of. Unfortunately Jason’s welding days were cut short when his doctor told him that the poor ventilation conditions at his job site were damaging his lungs. Jason was then forced to focus on furniture installation. At this time, he also learned how to lay carpet tiles and broadloom carpet, as well as VCT tiles and base cove. A few months after he parted with PC Innovation, Jason found an ad for Schroeder Solutions at Trinity Staffing. He came here for an interview and thus, the Drink has become a standard at Schroeder Solutions. Jason started at Schroeder as a furniture installer, but when Scott and Jim gave him the opportunity to prove that he could bring an additional element to the company through his other skills. . .he was thrilled to have the chance. Jason is now officially the Service Technician at Schroeder; he does carpet installation, operates the CFR machine, refabs panels and worksurfaces, and runs deliveries, pickups and repairs. However, he is also looking forward to receiving more responsibilities as his time here goes on. Beyond that, Jason does a lot of behind the scenes stuff that many people may not be aware of. In the evenings, during the week, and on the weekends Jason checks the fluids in the trucks, makes sure they are running ok and cleans them. He also straightens the lift gates after the crews unload so they are ready for the next day. Jason will rarely say “no” to a night job, and appreciates the hard work that Jim does for the company. “He’s a problem solver,” Maier said, “he sometimes has to make things work with a toothpick and a bolt. So I do whatever I can to make his job easier.” And many, if not all of the staff at Schroeder know that when Jason says he’ll help you out with something, he means it – we are lucky to have a person like Jason on staff! Q & A – continued on pg 4. Jason – panel refab work Page 2 2nd Quarter, 2005 HAG's seating solutions are the result of our belief that people are EXPONENTIAL not designed to sit still, but naturally tend towards movement and OPPORTUNITIES. . . IZZY DESIGN: Hag seating variation. April 22, 2005 marked the first day of the fist ever Small Business Times Expo, which brought In modern life we spend much time companies from all over southeastern Wisconsin sitting and take inadequate regard together at the State Fair Exposition Center. This of the body's innate need for event lasted two full days, featured two award luncheons and a fabulous after activity. So these days, we don't just hours event (at which, Toni managed to get her own party started right in our need chairs for support, but seating booth, luring people who had been on their feet too long into one of the “oh so solutions that stimulate variation comfortable” Contessa chairs.) and movement as well. From www.izzydesign.com A team of Schroeder personnel worked at our booth both days (and as time permitted, brushed up on their golf skills with Tiger Woods). We had a number of patrons stop by, some looking to sit in a comfy chair for a minute, some scouring for give aways, and still others inquiring about “who exactly is Schroeder Solutions, and what do you do?” Through our exposure at the Expo, we have gained at least two accounts, and have taken another step in getting the good name of Schroeder Solutions out to the public – the 3,000 plus attendees have now, at the very least, seen or heard the name Schroeder Solutions. Mission accomplished. . . for now. . . PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS Froedtert Hospital: Trailer Kohl’s Corporation Schroeder Solutions received and installed 175 new Herman Miller Because of space issues, the facilities workstations, as well as installed and relocated the Product Development management team at Froedtert was Group and the Marketing Department. We have now begun work on relocated to an Executive Modular the Advertising Department, which will be handled in phases to Suite on the Campus. They accommodate the furniture teardown and relocations. Then the first turned to Schroeder Solutions to weekend in June the Human Resources Department relocation was furnish their space. We space planned, designed and specified started. furnishings for the trailer, and then installed the product. They now have a comfortable space that is all their own! Project Management: Dan Spychalla Sales: Jeff Michalski Project Lead: Donna Schroepfer Design: Gretchen Machmueller Project Management: Dan Spychalla Project Lead: Dean Lorch T-Group Metavante: Floor to Ceiling Project Schroeder Solutions completed the design and recommendation for Schroeder Solutions Expedited the teardown of approximately 300 feet furniture for the T-Group’s new corporate offices. The T-Group of KI Floor-to-ceiling product around the Legal Department. After the Consulting Firm is a newly formed company which is managing the teardown, the panels that were going to be re-used were tagged and the development of Kenosha area Casinos. Our designer, after meeting rest were hauled out. On Monday the panels were re-installed in the new with the client chose warm earthy tones for their office. conference room. The project will be Milliken Centro Floor covering complete once KI installs their new was used, and the walls were Genius Wall (all glass product) to finish painted soothing colors of up the Legal Department’s new Area. mushroom, olive and off-white. Sales: Jeff Michalski Schroeder Solutions performed Project Manager: Kenlyn Wierzbach the installation of new Paoli Project Lead: Ralph Tatum Whitmore Casegoods and also relocated the T-Group. Sales: Scott Gierhahn Design: Nikki Couillard Project Leads: Bob Jaskie, Ralph Tatum and Dean Lorch Page 3 2nd Quarter, 2005 Safety Banquet Awards On March 30th, one of our sister companies, Total Relocation Services in Green Bay, held a Safety Banquet to honor the hard work and efforts of the TRS Mayflower employees who met the safety standards. Among the awards handed out that evening were: Length of Service Recognition, Safe Driving Award, and the Safe Worker Award. The presentation of these awards was TRS’s way of saying “thank you” for helping them become one of the top moving companies in Award Recipients <Left To Right> Randy Scofield, Fran Dewitt, Earl Wisconsin. In addition to these awards TRS Mayflower was Zwieschowski, Karen Sjoholm, Dennis Witthuhn, Jim Burkel, Phil recently named Agent of the Month in January of 2005! Clark, Duane VanCampenHout, Chad Funk, Jeff Nenning, Hilbert Radtke Congratulations to everyone in this exciting recognition! BIRTHDAYS>>> ANNIVERSARIES>>> INTRODUCING>>> July - Birthdays July - Anniversaries NEW FIELD EMPLOYEES - Armando Sanchez Wendy Radish – 7/2 Jeff Baker – 7/15/1992 Ronnie Watson Vidal Gordon – 7/5 Susan Bugalski – 7/28/2003 Dave Arnold Mike Meyers Bobby Sanford, Jr. – 7/10 Jim Friedl – 7/29/1988 George Baker Greg Kollauf – 7/22 August - Anniversaries Rob Kanack Mark Grimord Jason Frank – 7/25 Scott Gierhahn – 8/6/2001 Lyman Elliot August - Birthdays Ken Kangas – 8/8/1988 NEW OFFICE EMPLOYEES: Steve Stein – 8/2 September - Anniversaries Sarah Rieck–Human Terry Gerdman – 8/4 Kenlyn Wierzbach – 9/5/1995 Resources Jeff Michalski – 8/11 Jason Maier – 9/27/2002 Roberta Burg–Account Manager Ralph Tatum, Jr. – 8/16 Darin Larkin – 9/23/2002 Ashley Ziegler- Design Dennis Turluck – 8/22 Intern Kenlyn Wierzbach – 8/24 Nicole Harder– September – Birthdays Marketing/Sales Intern Greg Grant – 9/2 Franklin Boyd – 9/8 A FOND FARWELL. . . Jennifer Anderson (formerly the Human Resources Director) has taken a position at Foot Locker’s Corporate Offices. We extend our gratitude for her years at the Schroeder Companies and wish her the best of luck! She will Baby update: Ashlyn be greatly missed! Congratulations Avemye Socher is to Jason Grossmeyer who doing well! tied the knot on June 11th. Page 4 2nd Quarter, 2005 Keeping you informed, Project Profile: Jason Maier, continued from page 1 aware, and connected For fun: I like to take road trips as often as I can to Green Bay, Chicago, and Appleton. I also enjoy working on car engines to see how things work, and sitting down with a good book every once in a while. We have a new Residence: Right now I live with my parents, but I’m looking to get a house in New Berlin soon. Favorite Movie: Saving Private Ryan, because it shows that team work conquers all. website! Dream Vacation: Australia – I’ve always wanted to go out there and see what it was like. Also, my mom has cousin’s living there who own a citrus farm and I’d like to see what all goes on there. Favorite Places: One of my favorite restaurants is Johnny V’s because I know the owner, but I also like the Acropolis on South 27th Street – they have the best Greek Food I’ve had in a long time. As far as my favorite bars go, I would have to say First Choice (just because its close) and Mary’s. Dream Concerts: Boston and Ozzie Osbourne back in the mid ‘80’s Schroeder Stuff: I look up to Bob Jaskie because of his knowledge of the business. You can always learn something from him – and he always has a great outlook on everything. My best Schroeder Visit memory would have to be the first time I was down at NM with Dale Sr. and I earned his respect by www.schroedersolutions.com suggesting a solution to a panel reconfiguration. and check out the new design Thanks to Comstar, LLC! Note from the editor – Please welcome . . . As this newsletter continues to develop, I just want to remind Sarah Rieck, Human Resources: everyone that this newsletter is Sarah lives in Glendale with her husband, (and her dog first and foremost to keep all and cat). She is a Michigan native and attended the employees of Schroeder Western Michigan University. Previously she worked in Solutions connected with each Human Resources at Franchise Food Services other. As we do not generally see everyone on a day to day basis it’s a great place to recognize the fun things that Roberta Burg, Account Manager you all are doing. Please don’t Roberta has 24 years of experience in the office interiors be shy if you have something industry and will be covering the Madison area, working exciting happening in your life on current accounts, and adding a few new names to the – let me know! You can call list. She will work out of her home and our offices. me at ext. 6381 EDITOR: Amanda Gierhahn THANKS TO: Product Highlight: xm Scott Gierhahn, Sarah Rieck, Jason Kruse, Dan Spychalla, Rational in concept, elegant in form, xm is an Kenlyn Wierzbach, Roberta intelligent response to the new ways that people Burg, and Jason Maier for their work. xm is furniture that acts like architecture help in completing this issue of to define space, to bring order and clarity to Schroeder Connected! complex work environments. At the same time, xm adapts readily to the ever- evolving work practices of the highly interconnected office. Technology is supported. Varied planning needs are met. xm is ideal for dynamic companies where change must be addressed, but where simplicity and elegance, integrity and excellence have merit. xm can be used in a variety of planning scenarios: Freestanding, Service Spine From www.teknion.com Cluster, and Private Office.
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