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Employee Spotlight: Chris Sweeney

by Douglass Tinker, on July 19, 2021

Each month, we highlight one of our employees by doing a virtual "20 Questions" with them, some of which are about their work with Reusability, and others of which help us get to know them better. This month our employee spotlight is on our Supervisor of Site Operations, Chris Sweeney.

  1. What do you do at Reusability?
    1. I am the Supervisor of Site Operations centered around our national chain of Reusability locations.

  2. What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
    1. The biggest misconception is that warehousing, or site management, is a boring job. In fact, it is an ever-changing environment where “on the fly” planning is essential, and day to day coordination and logistics are always a challenge. Although this is not a “forward facing” job where a lot of customer interactions are concerned, what we do here speaks directly to the customer every day by providing the best service to them we can.

  3. If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
    1. Ha!! That is an easy one, I would say “Life” - that would be worth being an expert in!!

  4. What is the one thing you can’t resist?
    1. The opportunity to make a difference every chance I get.

  5. What is your greatest fear?
    1. To be completely honest, the word “fear” does not enter my thinking. The word itself is merely a state of mind.

  6. Where is your favorite place to be?
    1. That is an easy one!! Home with my Family!!

  7. What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
    1. I loaded clay pigeons in an underground tomb (from a teenager's perspective) at a skeet shooting club in Phoenix, AZ.

  8. Of any trips you’ve taken, what was your favorite?
    1. Deadwood, South Dakota!!! The place is Amazing. Like walking through history. Oh... and the slot machines are great as well!!

  9. Favorite movie?
    1. Lincoln - Daniel Day Lewis. Quite possibly one of the best portrayals by an actor I have ever seen.

  10. What do you love doing outside of work?
    1. Cutting grass on my 3 acres, my garden, and my chickens! #Sustainability!!!

  11. If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be?
    1. Ulysses S. Grant. I personally have found his life course to be fascinating and think he would be a remarkably interesting person to meet.

  12. If you set your music player to random, what are the 3 songs most likely to play?
    1. “Yellow Ledbetter "by Pearl Jam, “Can I play with Madness” by Iron Maiden, and this should get some attention: “Roar” by Katy Perry.

  13. What is the first concert you attended?
    1. Metallica “Ride the Lightning Tour”

  14. What book did you read most recently?
    1. LOL!!! That would be the greatest book on the planet - “What the Heck is EOS”.

  15. What household chore do you hate the most?
    1. Well, I am kind of a neat freak as to household cleanliness, but I would have to say dishes are my least favorite.

  16. What is your favorite type of food?
    1. I was in the US Navy for 12 years and have been all over the planet, I would have to say that Mediterranean cuisine is my favorite.

  17. Favorite TV show?
    1. I have a lot of favorites, but my all time would be Gold Rush.

  18. What is one thing, big or small, that you are really good at?
    1. Well, part of my Naval career was being a recruiter; I have always had a knack for getting things accomplished over the telephone. I like talking to people and have always loved being able to complete the mission by being able to project kindness, need, and the idea of teamwork over the telephone for issues that would normally require in-person contact.

  19. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    1. Well, as a kid much like most we want to be a lot of things but when I was 14, I happened to see the Tony Robbins infomercial “Personal Power” and I for a long time wanted to be a motivational speaker. Although that dream was never realized, I carry that positive outlook with me still today so maybe I am what I wanted to be after all!

  20. Finally, why did you choose to work at Reusability?
    1. There are a lot of reasons, but the one that really stood out to me (and has been reinforced every time I see a rack at Home Depot or conduct counts at one of the growers) when I first started researching what was then “EZ Rack” is that every single rack I put my hands on delivers more than just plants to the country. It delivers a vast range of good feelings!! For every flower that you give a loved one, every plant you grow to sustain your family with food and the very plant that you care for sitting on your desk at work, or your table and at home that you devote love and care to - I am a part of that joy. I thought if I could look at my opportunity with this company with that perspective every day then this is a career and family I can “grow” with! Own the outcome!

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