By Nick Manning, President
I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the woods with my 8 year old son and his Cub Scout den earlier this week. It was a nice couple of days of one-on-one time with my son that will hopefully create a memory for both of us. At the end of the event, they gave me the dreaded "camp survey" form to fill out that would take "just a few minutes." I'm not sure I've ever had any of these forms take "just a few minutes," at least if I'm going to take the time to fill them out honestly and provide them information they can use to make the program better.
By Cindy Coats, Controller
Several times a month at PRIER, we get together to share a meal and celebrate our successes or learn something new. My staff and I make sure we have something to eat during that time. It can be a challenge to provide food that everyone will enjoy, stay within our budget and keep things nutritious. Who doesn't search for new and easy meal ideas? This healthy recipe will please the pickiest eaters and you don't have to tell them is it good for them!
By Scott Livingston, National Sales Manager
"Innovative, Reliable, Value...Built for Life" is the tag line for PRIER Products and PRIER's new rep in Utah and Idaho, Touchdown Sales, has taken that innovation to new heights. While product trailers are not new to the plumbing industry, the product trailer built by Touchdown Sales' Tony Sutherland and Kent Best certainly is new for PRIER. This unique trailer shows off valves on the outside (instead of the inside) and has been drawing a lot of attention with their distinct artwork.
By Jim Lind, Research, Development and Engineering Manager
The economy, the Middle East, Greece, Brazil, etc; there is a lot of bad news out there. "I'm an idiot, I'll never amount to anything, I'm a poser, I'm never good enough." Even inside ourselves we generate bad news. For most of us (total optimists aside), we find ourselves either wrapped in bad thoughts and feelings or, for those that are aware, we try to overcome them. Here at PRIER, new associates are encouraged to watch a video of Ed Foreman called "How to Have a Terrific Day Every Day." It's a bit old (on VHS if you remember those...) but it is a good motivator for thinking positively. It's a topic that has and is still taught by many people in many different ways.
By Sarah Arnold, Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service Representative
About a month ago, I received the phone call I had been waiting five long months for; Scott Livingston, the National Sales Manager at PRIER Products, called to offer me a job as a Marketing Specialist and Customer Service Representative. I shared with friends, my dream job was finally at my fingertips. What I didn't know was not only would I be blogging, updating social media, marketing the company's products and helping customers with PRIER's products, I was actually receiving a job at one of the best companies I have ever run across.
By Joe Poskin, CEO
My family and I moved last spring after 27 years in the same house, a house that we had designed, built, and where we raised four kids. To my chagrin, I found that moving out of your home of 27 years is no easy chore. Did I really need to keep those rusted springs from the broken trampoline? Did I think I would wear that sweater with the hole in it again? Old crusty paint brushes...really? Then there were the demands by the new owners to fix the leaking shower faucet and replace the old boards on the deck. It might have been a little more demanding than I had hoped it would be.
As the Controller for PRIER, my main duties are to accurately record the past, so that we can effectively plan for the future. With that knowledge, it should not be surprising that I spend my weekend's scrapbooking. Scrapbookers spend their time playing with paper and pictures. We look for just the right words to capture the spirit of the event we are working on.
The big difference between accounting and scrapbooking is that there are no Generally Accepted Scrapbooking Principals other than the concept of keeping everything acid free so that you do not ruin the pictures. That concept can also be disregarded if you own the digital version of your pictures because you can print as many copies as you want as long as you are willing for pay for the ink and paper. Monday through Friday at PRIER, I document the past exactly as it happened, in accordance with GAAP. Saturday and Sunday I get to work on the past in any order that I like. If I pick up a picture and I hate it, I can pitch it in the trash can. If it hurts too much to look at the picture, I can put it away for another day when the memory isn't so fresh. I can pick the event that speaks to me on that day, I can relive that moment all day or all weekend.