March 22, 2010

My weekend with Meghan doing what we do best, goofing off and having some fun. We started out Friday after work for some happy hour at Casa Del Matador for some fish tacos and margaritas. Which were excellent and I highly recommend them to anyone. The fish is grilled and not fried which is the way they should be. After that we made are way over to the Fox Tower to watch “The Ghost Writer”. Of course Meghan fell asleep 20minutes into the movie, but all in all I really enjoyed the movie and enjoyed a lot of the hidden meaning in the movie. Saturday Meghan and I decided we should enjoy some of this nice early March whether, and head to the coast. Meghan wanted to do some outlet mall shopping so we headed south to Lincoln City. The deal were good at the outlet mall, Meggie made several good purchases and I had the opportunity to stand in line at the Old Navy and listen to a couple of guys talk about slaughtering some pigs. All that bacon chatter made me hungry so after Meggie’s field trip to the outlet mall we went on a mission for some food. We found it at some seafood joint that I don’t remember, and that’s okay because the place was not very memorable. Once we got our grub on we went to the beach, but that was more of a challenge then we thought. Everybody and their grandma was at Lincoln City and finding a place to park was impossible, we ended up going down some residential streets until we found a spot to access the beach.
After some fun on the beach we decided to drive up the coast and hit a couple other spots including Pacific City and of course we had to make our final stop at the Tillamook cheese factory for a tour and some ice cream. Sunday we decided to hit the matinée showing of “Alice in Wonderland” the 3D version. I thought it was a good movie very typical of a Tim Burton movie being dark and weird, but enjoyable. The only thing that got a little old during the movie was the people in the audience doing the euuuhhh and awwwwwe every time something 3D happened. We our weekend with dinner at my folks, which was really good and it is always nice to catch up my parents.

Resume 2

February 19, 2010

WORK EXPERIENCE

Project Coordinator/ Operations Manager Western Pacific Roofing, LLC, Portland, OR

April 2008-August 2009

  • Purchased, scheduled, dispatched (7crews), and managed all projects
  • Maintained all (over 600 per year) projects schedules and budgets ranging from $5000 to $150,000
  • Reviewed and followed up with all accounts receivable and accounts payable  invoices and activities
  • Created and developed an effective marketing plan that involved internet, radio, and print
  • Organized, developed and supervised an OSHA approved safety program, while conducting bi-weekly safety meetings, and random safety inspections
  • Negotiated favorable pricing and credit terms with vendors.
  • Developed and maintained excellent relationships with vendors
  • Resolved customer disputes & provided superior customer service on a daily basis
  • Performed weekly job costing and payroll functions for the sales staff and crew members

Inside Sales Representative/ Operations Granite Building Products, Beaverton, OR

April 2007-February 2008

  • Provided support for the outside sales team with all divisions including: masonry, roofing, siding, windows and fencing
  • Provided excellent customer service to both walk in and phone customers
  • Managed drivers and  warehouse crews (15people)
  • Scheduled , routed, and dispatched the trucks for daily deliveries (15 to 25 deliveries a day)
  • Purchased and maintained an accurate inventory for the warehouse of over a million dollars in inventory
  • Conducted weekly safety meetings and random safety inspections

Sales Service Representative GAF Building Materials, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, & Oregon

August 2006-November 2006

  • Met and exceeded projected sales goals (sold over 3million dollars in three months)
  • Analyzed store sales, customer demand and create the best all around product mix for each store to maximize product turnover
  • Performed product knowledge meetings for large groups, discussing the benefits and features of GAF products
  • Provided excellent service to each store and employee in person as well as on the phone
  • Assisted Territory Managers with their needs to better serve their customers
  • Provided daily sales calls to Home Depots (36) and local distributors

Inside Sales Representative Pacific Supply, Denver, CO

August 2005-August 2006

  • Provided superior customer service to both walk in and phone customers
  • Assisted the outside sales team with sales duties including drywall, roofing, and masonry
  • Received all incoming trucks into the system and audited for accuracy of delivery
  • Performed Inventory Control and Purchasing duties for the branch along with the Assistant Branch Manager
  • Researched upcoming projects and put together bid packages for my customers
  • Provided backup support for the office manager with cash and payroll duties

Building Supervisor, Residents Life Office, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

August 2002-August 2005

  • Trained and supervised Resident Assistants
  • Established a safe environment conducive to studying
  • Supervised residents ensuring their compliance to university policy
  • Planned activities and created social event for the residents
  • Solved conflicts and created resolutions that residents had with one another

Home Improvement Sales Associate, Sears, Missoula, MT

June 1996-August 2003

  • Provided superior customer services
  • Trained new associates
  • Met and exceeded monthly and yearly sales standards consistently at the top of sales leaders in the store

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, the University of Montana, Missoula, MT

  • Emphasis in Human Relationships & Organizational Behaviors
  • Related course work: entertainment management, organizational and managerial behavior, organizational, intercultural, conflict, nonprofit and nonverbal communication, research analysis, business law, marketing, financial and managerial accounting
  • Working Knowledge of: Microsoft Suite programs including Word, Excel, and Outlook, SAP, SPSS, XMIS, WEB-EX, Google Ad Words, Google Analytics, QuickBooks, OSHA safety standards, office equipment, Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter, and blogging

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Classroom Assistant, Spring Mountain Elementary, Happy Valley, OR

Camp Counselor, Camp Erin, Providence Health & Services, Portland, OR

Mentor, Aspire Program, Centennial High School, Gresham, OR

Prevention/ Laborer, City of Bend Fire Department, Bend, OR

Girls Basketball Coach, YMCA, Missoula, MT

You can make a difference coordinator, United Way, Sears, Bend, OR

Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Portland Lutheran Elementary, Gresham, OR

Umpire, Gresham Little League, Gresham, OR

REFERENCES

Available upon request

An old friend…

January 24, 2010

This last week was the 10yr anniversary of the passing of a really good friend of mine and of many others.  She was an amazing unreal person who I have missed immensely everyday since her passing.  I often wonder what life would have been like with her in it.  Where would I be what would I have done, where would have I gone, where would I be today, and what would I be doing with myself today?  It is hard for me to say what the world would be like with her in it, all I know is that it would be a brighter, more positive place, where the sun would shine a lot more than it does.  Any how 10yrs later and I am still sad for the lose of her and not a day goes by that I miss her and wish she was here with us.  Julie will always have a place in my heart and I hope that where ever she may be in her after life, that things are goings swimmingly for her and I am sure they are.

What if????

December 17, 2009

During my latest round of being laid off and looking for work I began to look back at my life and wonder if I have made the right decisions in my life or should I have gone in another direction. Was going to college the right move for me or would I have been better off going straight to work and learning the hard way? Or should have I gone into the Navy like the recruiter wanted me to, especially after I aced the test? Should I have stayed in the roofing business after my first lay off or should have I gone into the reverse mortgage market when the opportunity was offered to me? Should have I stayed in Bend, or even Missoula, both places I love immensely?
I look back all the way to my senior year in high school when the Navy recruiter was after me to join the Navy. I was never a good student in school, and this may have been a good option for me. I think about it and the one good thing the military gives you is discipline, which I lacked. I wasn’t really a trouble making kid, but I was a free sprit with not much direction. I was not sure of what I wanted to do, all I knew is that the military was not for me, I felt that it was to structured for a personality like mine, I had no interest in having someone tell me when I could eat, sleep and go to the bathroom. So I passed that up and decided to go to college. I wonder what my life would have been like if I would have joined, where would I be today?
After graduating from college I decided to move to Denver and go to work in the roofing distribution business, I often wonder if that was the right move for me. I left a place that I love, and have many great memories from in Missoula, a place where I spent the early part of my childhood at, where I went back to college and hopefully one day I will return for good. I wonder if I should have stayed in Missoula the place I loved, I always figured you can make a living anywhere you choice to live, it just a matter of figuring it out. Don’t get me wrong, I think moving to Denver was a good move, and great experience.
The choice I question happened when I was down in Denver, when I was offered a job with GAF, and had to move to the middle of nowhere Idaho. I figured this to be a good move for many reasons, one being I was able to move closer to my friends and home in Oregon and Montana. Also I thought this was a great opportunity to go to work for a manufacturer which is usually a good move; little did I know that I was going to get laid off three months later.
After that I had an opportunity to go back to Denver to sale reverse mortgages, which I declined and decided that I wanted to come back to Oregon. I felt like I was missing too much with my friends, plus I really missed the NW. I belong in the NW; they have great outdoors, amazing fishing, wonderful people, and some of the most beautiful scenery.
I moved back to Portland found a job in roofing distribution once again, things were well, until I got laid off again after a couple of months of job searching I had a few job offers. I chose to go to work for a small roofing company, rather than the large commercial concrete company. After getting laid off for the third time I really regret making that decision, I thought I had done my research, asked the right questions, but I was fed some wrong information about the company and the people that ran it. Anyways after working my tail off trying to make this small company into something, I was laid off again as the boss was cutting back on everything and I had become a luxury to everyone, so in order save some money, he eliminated my position, laid me off and the other try and take over all the stuff that I did , well that did not work out so well for him and a couple of months later he sold the company, in one of the great coupes I have ever heard of. The company is on life support and will be out of business before the winter is over. Enough of my rant, I am just a little frustrated by the situation as I would very hard on trying to make something out of nothing and when I finally was starting to make some head way, boom the rug was pulled out from under me. Not to mention the amount of loyalty I showed to the company, I had several opportunities during my time to leave and go to work elsewhere, but chose to stick it out and make it happen.
Anyways here I sit unemployed wonder what is next, I am very happy with many of the choices I have made in my adult life, I live in a wonderful place, many amazing friends, close to my family and one very special girl that I love very much and would not change anything, except being able to get up and go to work for an outstanding company which I know will come one day, hopefully soon.

Christmas tree hunt….

December 7, 2009

This weekend it was time to go out and find the perfect Christmas tree.  A few years ago I found the perfect tree farm that allows me to go out and cut down my tree for a low, low price.  So this weekend Meg, Candy and I went out into the arctic tundra to find that perfect tree for ourselves and each one of our parents.  After much discussion between us about which five trees we were going to cut down, we came to a consensus of which ones were the best.  While checking out the lot attendant wanted to know if we had a logging permit because of how many trees we had in the back of the truck.

Then we had an adventure driving across town going from parents home to parents home, delivering and setting up trees along the way.  This has become a regular tradition for me over the last couple of year and one that I enjoy.  This really gives me the opportunity to get myself into the Christmas spirit.  I hope everyone gets their perfect tree this year as well.

Yesterday on a hike with Meghan we had a conversation about why we have turkey for Thanksgiving and not fish, since the Pilgrims had fish during their Thanksgiving dinner.  Why don’t we eat fish for Thanksgiving, especially since we live in the Pacific Northwest where fish is a prevalent part of our diet.  Why has the turkey become such a large part of the meal, and not foods that are regionally local?

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the turkey as much as anyone else, but why has it been pigeon-ed into being the main-coarse of the holiday, why don’t we eat the turkey say for a Sunday dinner with the family, or even during the week?  I know I would enjoy a could turkey dinner in the middle of February or March.

Back to Thanksgiving, what would better than a feast of salmon and steelhead, with a sides crab, and clams, to go along with the usual fixings, of mash potato’s, sweet potato’s and all the organic  vegetables that are grown locally.  This will be what I am going to do next year for my Thanksgiving, No Turkey next year for me.

So in my professional life more specifically my professional life looking for work.  I am becoming more and more frustrated with the feeling that I am so boxed into a professional set and at a certain professional level,  that I can’t move up or down to gain employment.  I either have too much experience and they feel the job is below me and I will bolt at first chance  or I have experience in what i am pursing, but maybe not the years.  I was recently talking to a potential employer about everything I did at my last job with a fair amount of  success.  He was amazed with everything that I had done, but the big hang up was the amount of time I have been in the industry.  I have had numerous accounts of this during my time in this business.  What it comes down to is that I have been in a good ol’ boy club industry and that’s the expectation.

The biggest issue for me is that I am on the fence and could go either way, obviously I would prefer to go up.  I have the skills, talents and abilities to move up even beyond my years and I have proven that.  One of my biggest thorns in my side is the fact that I have been laid of 3 times in the last 3 years, I know employers have a hard time overcoming this, and looking it at as something that I have done, but I assure you not, I have just had the misfortune of being in the wrong place and the wrong time, and have lost out.  What I need is to do is convey that message across to potential employers, that I am a worthwhile employee and a potential bargain, especially in this current job market.  All I want to do is break out of my box and go to work, so that I can earn my keep.  What can I do to get this message to come across to potential employers???

Things in life…..

November 16, 2009

I found this list written by Regina Brett today online, I like a lot of what it says about how people need to remember when life kind of gets you down. If you feeling down today or not, go ahead read through the list pick a couple sayings that really strikes a cord with you and enjoy.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Resume

November 5, 2009

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

  • Emphasis in Human Relationships and Organizational Behaviors
  • Related coarse work: entertainment management, organizational and managerial behavior, organizational, intercultural, conflict, nonprofit and nonverbal communication, marketing, financial and managerial accounting
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Works, Excel, Power point, SAP, SPSS, XMIS, Google Ad-words, Google Analytics, Web-Ex, networking, negotiations, Purchasing, and keyword searches
RELATED Work experience
Project Coordinator/ Operations Manager Western Pacific Roofing, LLC, Portland, OR

  • Purchased, scheduled, dispatched, and managed all projects
  • Maintained all projects schedules and budgets
  • Developed an effective marketing plan that involved internet, radio, and print
  • Created, developed and supervised an OSHA approved safety program
  • Negotiated pricing and credit terms with vendors, as well as developed and maintained excellent relationships with vendors
  • Resolved customer disputes & provided superior customer service on a daily basis
  • Performed weekly job costing and payroll functions for the sales staff and crew members

Inside Sales Representative Granite Building Products, Beaverton, OR

  • Provided support for the outside sales team
  • Provided excellent customer service to both walk in and phone customers
  • Managed drivers and  warehouse crews
  • Scheduled , routed, and dispatched the trucks for daily deliveries
  • Purchased and maintained inventory control for the warehouse
  • Read and conducted takes offs of architectural plans

Sales Service Representative, GAF Material Corporation, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon

  • Met and exceeded projected sales goals
  • Analyzed store sales, customer demand and create the best all around product mix for each store to maximize product turnover
  • Performed product knowledge meetings for large groups, discussing the benefits and features of GAF products
  • Provided excellent service to each store and employee
  • Assisted Territory Managers with their needs to better serve their customers
  • Provided daily sales calls to Home Depots and local distributors

Inside Sales Representative, Pacific Supply, Denver, CO.

  • Provided superior customer service to both walk in and phone customers
  • Assisted the outside sales team with sales duties
  • Received all incoming trucks into the system
  • Performed Inventory Control and Purchasing duties for the branch along with the Assistant Branch Manager
  • Researched upcoming projects and put together bid packages for my customers
  • Provided backup support for the office manager with cash and payroll duties

Additional work experience

Building Supervisor, Residents Life Office, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

  • Trained and supervised Resident Assistants
  • Established an environment conducive to studying
  • Supervised residents ensuring their compliance to university policy
  • Planned activities and created social event for the residents
  • Solved conflicts and created resolutions that residents had with one another

volunteer experience

  • Classroom Assistant, Spring Mountain Elementary, Happy Valley, OR
  • Camp Counselor, Camp Erin, Providence Health & Services, Portland, OR
  • Mentor, Aspire Program, Centennial High School, Gresham, OR
  • Girls Basketball Coach, YMCA, Missoula, MT
  • You can make a difference coordinator, United Way, Sears, Bend, OR
  • Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Portland Lutheran Elementary, Gresham, OR
  • Umpire, Gresham Little League, Gresham, OR

Job Hunting….

October 30, 2009

I have been unemployed the last couple of months and am learning to reinvent myself. Over the last five years or so I have worked in the construction industry (mainly in roofing) in a variety of facets doing everything from; sales, operations, project management, HR, and management, during that time I have experienced three separate layoffs. After the first two layoffs I was bound and determined to stay in the industry and have been able to do so.

The biggest issue I have come across is getting myself and my resume to stand out amongst the 130k+ unemployed people here in the Portland metropolitan area.  I feel that I have an excellent resume, and solid reputation within the industry.  My biggest downfall is that I have experience three layoffs all in a row and all of them have been a year and half or under for service with the company.  The layoffs have nothing to do with my work performance or me as a person, but rather they have to do with economic.  What it comes down to is that I have made some career choices, that have put me in the wrong place at the wrong time; what’s a guy to do?  What can I over come that first impression people see when they look in to my work history and see that I have bounced around so much in the last five years?  What can I do to get people to understand that I am very dedicated to my work and that I have an unrelenting work ethic and that I am not a risky hire, worth the time taken to interview?

I interview within my current industry the other day, I wore slacks, button up shirt with a tie.  After my interview I went over to a supplier that I worked with to pay them a visit, I told them that I had just interview at this other placed.  One of the first things they told me is that I was overdressed for my interview.  They said I should have worn blue jeans and a polo shirt or a button up without the tie.  My question is, can you over dress for an interview in the construction industry?  Is there something wrong with looking your best when you go to an interview?  If so what is the protocol for dress when attending an interview?

After my most recent layoff I am beginning to consider getting out of the roofing/construction industry and pursuing a career in public relations, which is what the center of my degree is. The problem is I have very little experience in that profession outside of my college courses and a little bit that I have done with my former employer. I have been told that I need to find an internship, the problem is that most internships require being a student, which I am done being a student, so that creates a problem for me. I am doing as much volunteering as I can and trying to network with as many people as I can, with the hopes that I can land something where I can grow and gain the desired experience in public relations.  If anyone as any suggestions that will help aid me in my search I would appreciate it very much.