By Chris Poskin, Manager of Supply Chain and Distribution
PRIER employees compete for prizes and, more importantly, pride every week of the NFL season. The contest is simple; whoever picks the most games correctly for that week wins. The gas card that is awarded each week is nice, but the real prize is bragging rights for the next (7) days. Some of us at PRIER also like to talk at length about our fantasy football teams during our lunch breaks. I am sure that this is a common topic around the office for many of you this time of the year. Now that the NFL season is (3) weeks in and your fantasy football draft is in the rear view mirror, the real work begins if you have aspirations of actually winning your league. Over the years, fantasy football has evolved into an American obsession that for many players has turned into a bigger event than the actual NFL games. If you are like me, you have come to grips with your obsession for fantasy football and it is blatantly obvious that nothing would be sweeter than claiming fantasy football gold at the end of the season. Some of us play for money, others play for pride, but in the end we all want to crush the competition and be called the "champion." Over the last seven years my teams have never missed the playoffs and I have been crowned "champion" four times. Here are some tips for improving your roster and ensuring a spot in the playoffs.
By Cindy Coats, Controller
I always marvel at people who tell me that they don't eat fruit and vegetables! There are so many wonderful choices available today that a few years ago, were only known by people who lived where those items were grown. When I was in the 7th grade, my father was sent to Vietnam. My mother, two brothers and I moved to Roswell, New Mexico to live near my father's parents. I had never even heard of green chilies. We arrived at the end of August and the air was filled with smoke and the smell of roasting chilies. The chilies are charred so that the tough outer skin can be peeled away. The remaining meat and seeds can be canned or frozen for future use. The raw chilies can also be tied into Ristas and hung to dry.
By Scott Livingston, National Sales Manager
Are you listening to me? How often do we say this to our children or feel this when we are dealing with a person that does not have a concern for our needs? Active listening shows respect and is the most important part of communication. At PRIER, we strive to be better listeners on a daily basis. Our customer service team is different than many in our industry because we answer every call with a live person and actively listen to our customer's questions and concerns. We also read every email, Facebook post and tweet so we know what our customers are looking for. PRIER maintains a partnership with our customers and the better we understand them by listening, the better we can fulfill their needs with our products and services.
By Jim Lind, Research, Development and Engineering Manager
Fall is rapidly approaching. Where has the summer gone? Kids are back in school and football is back. I love fall the most – football, leaves changing colors and cooler weather. Also, it's a great time for motorcycle rides. The only problem I have with fall is that it leads into winter. Maybe I am better suited for the southern regions of the USA, but here in the Midwest (and to the North), things freeze in winter – toes, fingers, water, door locks, etc. Winter will be here before we know it and fall is a great time for a reminder on how to ensure your PRIER freezeless hydrants make it through the winter unscathed.
By Wendy Hintz, Sales, Customer Service and Retail Specialist
Last year I went back to college to finish my BS degree in Business Management – Organizational Leadership. Let me tell you – things have changed in the past 20 years since I last was in college!
By Brady Poskin, Plant Manager
Having balance in our everyday lives is an essential part of our happiness. Balance also makes us more effective in everything we do. With a sense of equilibrium in all faucets of life, we can better focus our energy and attention on making goals and achieving those goals in a meaningful way.
In my life, I have broken down what it means to be balanced into 9 categories. The categories are described below:
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.