Day to day, Noah's role requires him to manage green coffee and keep a close eye on the accuracy of each batch, which is what helps to deliver you consistently delicious cups of joe.
Beyond his affinity for coffee, Noah is a kickass musician, loyal fan of Seinfeld, and can be found enjoying long walks on the beach at sunset.
Noah is a genuine, interesting, and kind person, with a warmness no roasting machine can match.
Thank you for being a thoughtful member of the Wicked Joe crew and for your careful attention to detail, Noah! I don't think there is a more appropriate person to tell, "you rock!"
Tuning in is a difficult skill for most to master, but it seems to be effortless for Tina, both in regard to the intricate machines she operates and the people she guides. It takes a special type of person to listen and lead the way Tina does, and funnily enough, she describes her spirit animal as the unassuming sloth: “They may be slowest, but they are determined. They will cross crocodile infested water to get what they want, and they’re always smiling!”
Tina's joy is infectious, and her humility, kindness, and patience are qualities we all should aspire to be more like. In her free time, Tina can be found playing disc golf and poker, or snuggling with her pup, Boone! She also told me she likes to bake, but I won't believe this until I see some sweets in the break room (hint hint). Thank you for encouraging us to be better people, Tina - both inside and outside of work!
Beth leads the charge on our Wicked Joe Community Garden, bringing in delicious goodies, like homemade salsa, from veggies she and other members of the team cared and nurtured for. Beth embodies the idea that "leadership is an action, not a position". She is the biggest cheerleader for everyone’s hard work, and often sees potential in others which they may not recognize in themselves. You can often find her on the floor working along-side her team, and she described how proud she was to be here and making a positive impact.
Funnily enough, when I asked Beth for three fun facts, she shared how she applied to Wicked Joe in the first place because it was organic. Her fun facts were described as her admiration of B-Corp, learning about sustainability and fair trade, and making a daily change in the world. I think this perfectly highlights Beth’s heart, selflessness, and effort to uplift the values she cares about. Beth is the first to sacrifice her needs for the betterment of the team and jumps at opportunities where she can lend a helping hand. Not to mention her smile, which lights up the warehouse more than this florescent lighting ever could!
The world is constantly improving because Beth is in it, and we’re so fortunate to have her inspire us with her conviction through action.
Right when we started our conversation, Tina (featured in a previous post), approached Zach asking for a hand in our flavoring room lifting a bucket. Without skipping a beat, he made it his priority to help Tina, and in a way that made it feel like that’s just something you do for your team, not as if it was an inconvenience, favor, or distraction. I think this quality often gets overlooked – we can all be good individual players, but not everyone is as naturally honorable a teammate as Zach.
A good teammate can also always make you laugh, even when something isn’t going right. Zach is effortlessly funny in meetings with quick remarks and clever observations, but also can make you smile when you’ve been frustrated fixing a machine for the past half hour. Zach’s selflessness, humor, and down-to-Earth personality make me proud to be on the same team as him. Zach arguably also has the best tunes of the crew, sharing his love for music through ever-changing playlists he blasts from the forklift as he zips around the warehouse. Zach also likes to cook, and during the summer, he enjoys camping. Thank you for being consistently there for us, Zach, and for making the team better for it!
Jason’s warm smile and gentle demeanor are refreshing and make him such a nice person to work with. He has a calm-patience and unmatched eagerness that those on his team greatly admire. The atmosphere of a room - let alone a sprawling warehouse - improves noticeably when he enters. Jason’s got a sort of quiet confidence which reminds us that believing in yourself starts within. He doesn’t need to boast about his awesomeness – he just is. He demonstrates his talents through his actions, which are most always more powerful than words. Jason exemplifies the adage that “humility is the surest sign of strength”.
When I asked for some fun facts, Jason asked if he could think about it and get back to me. After careful deliberation, Jason thoughtfully wanted to highlight his love for his wife, as well his affinity for videos games and peanut butter. I also thought it was worth noting how remarkably photogenic Jason is – if there’s any local modeling agencies looking, just know that Jason is already booked and busy here at Wicked Joe (so no, we’re not sharing him). In all seriousness though, we want to thank Jason for the cheer and quiet strength he brings to the team daily, and hopefully inspire you to get wicked confident in your gifts as well.
“I love that Birds and Beans is bird friendly coffee, so that means people care that are buying and drinking this coffee and have a love for nature, especially migratory birds. A percent of the proceeds goes towards local and national conservation partners.” Laurel’s hard work means that this special coffee is getting the attention and care it deserves. She is always willing to go the extra mile and is clearly proud of the work she produces and the team she leads. Her drive to constantly improve productivity and quality are to be admired - all the while being a lovely, patient, and helpful person to work alongside with. She is sweet and always carries a positive spirit.
Unsurprisingly, Laurel exceeds standards in her personal life as well. Mother to an 11-year-old named Bella Ann, she has never missed a field hockey game, and has coached her softball team the last couple of years. They also love going to mud runs and riding four wheelers, which are pretty badass mother-daughter activities. Laurel also shared that she tries to go to as many country concerts as possible with her mom. People of excellence go the extra mile and do what’s right, even when no one is watching, and Laurel is certainly one of those people. How do you get wicked caring and go above and beyond in your personal and work life?
Larry shared with me that he initially joined the team to set an example for his teenage son on the values of discipline, hard work, and merit. He has quickly connected with the team and shared how he wants to continue despite having previously retired. Larry has a sweet, open heart that is easy to connect with. I treasure the conversations we have, and this sentiment has been shared by others I’ve talked to on the team. He’s extremely down to earth, humble, and considerate of others. His sense of empathy comes from a place of experienced wisdom, and the authentic opinions and thoughts he expresses are more valuable than I believe he truly recognizes. Conversations with Larry remind me, “knowledge comes from learning – wisdom comes from living”.
Out of all the hats he’s worn, Larry described his life’s greatest role as being a father to his son. He shares his pride often, and how much he enjoys spending time together. Outside of work, Larry also enjoys reading to continue learning new things, as well as a passion for gardening and cooking. Larry has a been a unique gift to our team, and we’re grateful to have him around. He demonstrates how attitude and action can lead to a more positive life and sets a positive example for all of us here at Wicked Joe. How will you get wicked wise and choose to live today?
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Wicked Joe team for the past five years I have enjoyed watching the company grow and working with the amazing people who make it happen. I’ve learned a lot especially about myself and will take this gift with me” shared MaryAnne, a treasured member of our team who will be moving 1,593 miles away to Florida. MaryAnne has been acting as our staff accountant. Her daily duties include record keeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bank reconciliations, review and maintaining monthly financial statements along with payroll and human resource functions. Her experience in the accounting field for the past thirty-four years and high-level organizational and time management skills have made her work that much more outstanding – all to not mention her interpersonal skills which have allowed her to get along and work closely with her coworkers. MaryAnne always looks for the good in people, and advocates for all members of the team. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her complain, as her fun, spirited, and non-judgmental personality make chats with her an absolute treat which leaves you smiling (did I mention she also shares literal treats that make you smile as well – I’ll take two cheese and crackers please!).
Eager, energetic, and enthusiastic, MaryAnne jumps at the opportunity to put in the work to make a difference. Recently for the holidays, MaryAnne wrote every single member of our team a Christmas card, coupled with a scratch-off ticket. This gesture seems relatively small on an individual level, but when considered in the big picture really speaks to her thoughtful nature and attention to detail. MaryAnne is the type to always make sure everyone is included, seen, and represented. When MaryAnne initially shared that she learned a lot about herself during her time here, I wondered what this could mean. Maybe for her, “when you choose to see the good in others, you end up finding the good in yourself”.
MaryAnne goes above and beyond for her family as well - being the mother to three sons and two stepdaughters, she always ensures everyone’s needs are being met. Despite this responsibility, she still finds time to give back to the community by donating many hours to volunteer work. She also loves the beach, sunshine, and palm trees – as evident by her exodus to Florida. “Thank you to Bob, Carmen, and all the co-workers I have had the opportunity to meet and work with. Wicked Joe and the team may you have many more great years!” We will miss you so much, MaryAnne! Thank you for everything you have done for our team, and for teaching us to #getwicked considerate day in and day out!