Work, Family and Everything in Between

Stephen, Technical Data Librarian - Olathe

I met my wife when we were 8 years old. We used to go to the same church, but we didn’t date until we were in high school. Fast forward to today, and we just celebrated our 10-year anniversary and now have four kids: Ginny (8), Miles (6), Mason (4) and Cassie (1). I am one of seven children so I’m used to the big family environment and I love it.

 

My journey at TVH isn’t so easy to follow. My seniority says 8 ½ years, but it’s been a little more complicated than that. In 2009, I took my first job with the company, which was pulling orders on 2nd shift. I then moved to being a forklift driver on the 1st shift and later became a forklift driver for the 2nd shift. I worked here for 2 ½ years before my wife and I made the decision to move to Emporia, Kansas. My wife was going to finish her elementary education degree and even though we had decided that I would stay and she would go live in Emporia, we both ended up moving there. After my wife got her degree in 2014, we moved back and I applied to TVH again and started working where it all began: pulling orders. Now that I’m a Technical Data Librarian, I look back and appreciate every job I’ve done here at TVH that has led me to this position that I enjoy so much.

 

In my spare time, I like to do volunteer work. I volunteer a lot with my church and I also help a company design tiny houses for the homeless. This organization makes sure that the homeless not only have a house to live in, but that within a year, they can also be comfortable enough in society. We provide job placement, healthcare, mental care and transportation. I have been volunteering with this organization for 3 years now. I am in charge of designing the homes and making them have as much multifunction as possible within the limited space. We also have to work closely with local governments to make sure we’re not violating any laws, rules or regulations. For now, we’ve focused in the Midwest area, but we are getting ready to pitch the idea in Tampa, Florida. Between TVH, volunteering and my family, it’s sometimes very hard to manage my time, but I love seeing the rewards that all of these actions have. I strongly believe in making society a better place.

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