Our department send an email every Friday morning that profiles a different employee. I was the lucky one on Friday. Thought I'd share it here.
This week's "Know Your Partner" profile is:
What was your first job at the bank? I started with the bank in the Main St. lobby in 1996.
What are some of your hobbies? Camping, biking, hiking, photography and renaissance festivals.
Tell us something about your life at home: Just bought a condo 6 months ago. Family all lives in Utah. No pets.
What would your co-workers be surprised to learn about you? I owned my own business, "Andon's Deli and Bar" in downtown Baltimore, MD. And even though I am from Utah I have never been snow skiing.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an elementary school principal.
What book are you currently reading? I love historical fiction. The book I'm reading now is "Worlds Without End" by Ken Follett, about 15th century England.
Where have you lived in your life? I have lived in 6 different states (UT, NV, OK, MD, CO & TX) and visited 47. I also lived in New Zealand for several years.
Who is the most famous person you've met? Dionne Warrick stopped in the deli and we talked to her for about half an hour. Having grown up in Utah I have met most of the Osmonds.
Do you have a funny client or work story? When I was working in the banking center I met with a difficult client. I gave him a phone number to call about his check order and mistakenly transposed two of the numbers. The wrong number was, well... not for children or for good church-going people.
What your coworkers are saying about you:
Jim is a wonderful person! He makes life very pleasant and fun for our department by sharing his funny stories. I am glad to know and work with him. Jim has a great personality and a wealth of knowledge. He is a guru of many things. There is very little that Jim does not know. He makes coming to work more enjoyable. He has traveled many places and met people from all walks of life. He details his life on his blog which is both interesting and thought provoking. Our department is blessed to have Jim as a part of our team.
What can I say about Jim? I’ve worked with Jim for a few years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. Jim is very knowledgeable about many things and always there to help when needed. He’s my go to person when I get in a jam on how to maneuver something I’m trying to do on Word or Excel. He is always willing to help and never says no to anyone. That’s the work side of Jim, but there is also the “spiritual” side of Jim, if you want to call it that. Jim has aspired to becoming “a man of the cloth” through the internet and he has the certificates to back it up. So if you ever feel the need for a confessional, a blessing or some sort of intervention, Jim is your man. He keeps all of us upbeat in our little corner of the world.
Well, first I must say "still waters run deep". Jim is one of the most interesting guys I've ever worked with. He's always up to something - whether it's finding voodoo spray for virtually any purpose, scoping out the newest restaurants in town or taking and sharing fabulous photographs. I've had the pleasure of working directly with Jim in two distinct roles (he might say I'm like a bad penny - I just keep coming back.) Jim is unflappable and handles the details thrown at him in the department with efficiency and intellect. We are lucky to have him.
Jim is a dependable team member who is always available to pitch in when needed. He is also quite creative and fun to be around. A little known fact about Jim--did you know he was an ordained clergy member? Stop by for a blessing some time!