“My true role is to have an impact on as many peoples day as I can. I hope to make their day a little better in some small way. For some of them, I am the only person they physically see during the day so they should see a smile as often as possible."
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Coos Bay, Oregon—Mary Henker in Maple Valley started off in the same area. Small World
What three words best describe you?
Mom: when I asked other people this was their first response other than one person. The other words were compassionate, dedicated and professional.
How long have you been working with Cedar Grove?
I started on February 29, 2008 as a temp worker. My official start date with Cedar Grove is September 15, 2008.
What is your role with Cedar Grove?
My true role is to have an impact on as many peoples day as I can. I hope to make their day a little better in some small way. For some of them, I am the only person they physically see during the day so they should see a smile as often as possible.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Almost everything; knowing the customers by name and hearing about the soil projects they have or have done. Really my very favorite part is on Monday when the puppy comes around the corner with the anticipation of the treat waiting for her. By the time they reach the window she is standing staring at me. Of course, she gets here in a yard waste truck.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement since working at Cedar Grove?
Getting to know everyone’s birthday and about their family away from work. I realized how important it is to celebrate each other when one of my co-workers told me our card is the only acknowledgement he would get for his birthday.
When I started I couldn’t tell you what a transfer truck was or how long a semi is or what kind of soil to use for different projects or even what a yard of material looked like. I have learned the best uses for our product and how superior it is compared to others. Actually, I have learned all of that, plus some…
What hobbies or interests do you have outside of work?
Spending time with my Grandson, going to hockey games, making cards
What’s your favorite memory your time working with Cedar Grove?
I love it when there is a group of people lined up in the office waiting to buy material and we get to talking about what they are buying material for. Then everyone starts sharing their experiences, it’s positive and they are excited about their successes. The very best is when they bring in pictures to share. I love what our product produces. Talking to the tour guests from all over the world. Finding out that they don’t even recycle in a lot of areas.
How has Cedar Grove changed since you started working here?
When I started we had the Maple Valley and Everett facilities and we didn’t accept food waste.