EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT - May 2023
Our Employee Spotlight for May is our Sales Coordinator, Erin Flanagan. Erin lives in Exeter, a town she likes a lot because it’s a quiet community yet still easy to travel to Wilkes-Barre & Scranton. There are a lot of local restaurants in town that she enjoys with her husband, Matt.
Erin and Matt have been married for 3.5 years. He is a co-owner of Fame Strength in Dallas, where he mainly trains athletes of all levels. They have three cats, Carson, Marzipan, and Quinn. And would like to get a dog one day. Erin is the oldest of 3 children. Her brother lives in NJ & sister lives in Dallas, PA. Let’s get to know more about Erin!
AL How long have you been with Action Lift?
ERIN: I started in July of 2022.
AL Briefly, what does your job entail?
ERIN: As a sales coordinator, I assist the salesman in the placing of orders. This involves coordinating the shipping of orders, creating purchase orders, creating invoices, etc. I assist them in any way that is needed.
AL Who inspired you to pursue the career you have today?
ERIN: Honestly, my sister, I've always looked up to her. When I started my last job, she worked there too. She convinced me I would be good at it and taught and trained me in sales & customer service. I discovered I was pretty good at it & liked it as well.
AL What best advice can you give someone who just started their career?
ERIN: Apply yourself to many things. Especially if you are recently graduating from college, don't limit yourself to something specific. Try new things; you never know what you might like.
AL What are the most demanding challenges you’ve had at work? How did you overcome them?
ERIN: My organization has improved. I've always been organized, but this job has a lot of factors that go into ordering equipment. I have learned how to multi-task better. Everyone has been so nice while teaching me what I need to know. Which I have only sometimes had. Being part of this team is really great.
AL What’s your secret talent no one knows about?
ERIN: I would have to say cooking. My dad is a great cook. So, he inspired me. I learned a lot watching and helping him cook. We also watched a lot of cooking shows growing up. I love to look up recipes and use them as a guide. I am a foodie, for sure.
AL When you are at work, how do you motivate yourself?
ERIN: I mirror and channel others’ energy. I feel like this is a good team environment. I like to strive to make other jobs run smoothly.
AL Regarding successes, which accomplishments are you most proud of?
ERIN Starting over my career at the very end of 2019. I was a stationery artist/graphic designer for 8 years. I decided I needed a change, and I switched careers and went into sales. It was hard. Especially with the start of Covid a couple of months after. But after several months, I knew I had made the right decision.
AL Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
ERIN I have a small side hustle of custom painting. The most popular items are pet portraits and houses. I started doing it for friends and family and sometimes gift-giving. More people kept reaching out about them, so I decided to start it. I mainly paint in watercolor, but sometimes acrylic is requested. I made an Instagram page to share my designs & promote myself a little (Instagram: @e_fdesigns).
Thank you, Erin!
Be sure to check out her Instagram @e_fdesigns to see her beautiful artwork.