Congratulations to one of the October GEOTM winners Alex Mobley! Alex works in Processing as a Loader Operator at our Blue Springs farm and has been with Herbruck’s for almost a year.
A “typical” day for Alex starts with setting up the loader room in the morning and making sure the nest runs are ready to go into the grader. Alex keeps the loader on grader 1 and the robot operating efficiently throughout his work day. For a person in this position, a lot of patience and a good work ethic are key. Alex’s favorite thing about work are his coworkers and the clean work environment.
Outside of work, Alex loves to fish! Alex plans to visit North Carolina and Florida in the near future! Thank you, Alex, for your hard work and service!
Congratulations to one of the October GEOTM winners Kayla Reffitt! Kayla is a Main Farm Quality Assurance Technician and has been with Herbruck’s for 10 years.
A “typical” day for Kayla is grading eggs and making sure that everyone is following GMP (good manufacturing practices) and CCP (critical control points) which include monitoring the floor to make sure it’s clean, making sure people are following the rules, like wearing hairnets, gloves, etc., and ensuring we are reducing food safety hazards and producing safe food. Kayla is also monitoring the temperature and pH of the egg wash water as well as the temperature of the coolers. In order to succeed in this position, having the knowledge of GMP and CCP are key. Kayla’s favorite thing about work is having the opportunity to work with others.
Outside of work, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband and family as well as going for rides on their Harley Davidson! Next year Kayla and her husband will be going on a week trip to Tennessee. Thank you, Kayla, for your hard work and service!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Jesus Garcia! Jesus works in the manure department and has been with Herbruck’s for about 5 months. When Jesus found out he had won he was surprised!
A “typical” day for Jesus starts with reporting to his assigned house and inspecting the equipment in the front and back of the house. He then runs the belts and completes any preventative maintenance tasks and housekeeping that is necessary. His favorite part of work is that not every day looks the same. Some days are running a house, others doing repairs and he is always learning something new. Jesus’ advice to new employees is do not be scared to speak up and ask for help or ask questions.
Outside of work, Jesus spends most of his time hanging out with friends and playing video games. Jesus and his friends like to go to the casino sometimes too! Thank you, Jesus, for your hard work and service!
Congratulations to third-time GEOTM winner Andy Gomez! Andy is the Preventative Maintenance Supervisor and has been with Herbruck’s for 9 years this December. When Andy found out he had won he was very proud to hear that his work ethic was acknowledged.
A “typical” day for Andy starts with communicating with his team and developing a game plan to tackle a variety of jobs throughout the night. His favorite part of work is that no day is ever the same: each day presents new challenges and new opportunities to showcase all that he has learned through the Maintenance Apprenticeship Program. Andy’s advice to new employees is to take pride in your work, whatever position you are in. Mistakes and failures happen; take each opportunity as a learning lesson, and your workmanship will shine.
Outside of work, Andy enjoys spending leisurely time at home. He is a competitive gamer at heart and he also enjoys disk golfing. Towards the end of the year, Andy may be going to California or Puerto Rico to visit family. Thank you, Andy, for your hard work and service!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Dennis Leonard! Dennis works in our Main Farm Warehouse and has been with Herbruck’s for 7 years. When Dennis found out he had won, he was shocked. He always tries to give his best work.
A “typical” day for Dennis starts with setting up and programming the robotic palletizing cell, then taking the product off the machine to wrap it, tag it, and put it away. At the end of the day they make 5 dozen stuffers and clean their area. His favorite part of working is keeping things clean, putting skids away, and tagging product correctly. Dennis’s advice to new employees is that good things happen if you stay busy and work hard. Great advice, Dennis!
Outside of work, Dennis LOVES to golf as well as spend time with his family kayaking, riding quads and motorcycles, and snowmobiling in the winter. Dennis loves his job and does it well. Thank you, Dennis, for your hard work and service!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Rajab Shukri! Rajab is a Production Supervisor and has been with Herbruck’s for 3 1/2 years. When Rajab found out her had won he was super excited and felt honored.
A “typical” day for Rajab starts with checking the feed, water, and ventilation to make sure the birds have what they need. He then coordinates with the coop guys to give them their daily tasks and help out where they are needed. Rajab’s favorite part of work is learning new things everyday about birds’ behavior and helping out his teammates. Rajab’s advice to new employees is to take your time and learn; one day you will get there. Great advice, Rajab!
Outside of work, Rajab spends most of his time with family and nowadays is mostly coaching his son how to play soccer. This summer Rajab is planning to take his family on a road trip to Houston, TX. Thank you, Rajab, for your hard work and service!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Jyoti Dhimal! Jyoti works as a Bird Mover and has been with Herbruck’s for almost 10 years. When Jyoti found out he had won, he was very excited.
A “typical” day for Jyoti includes unloading and vaccinating our hens. His favorite part of working at Herbruck’s is the vaccination process and knowing he is helping to keep our birds healthy. Jyoti’s advice to new employees is to come in with a good outlook and be ready to learn. Great advice, Jyoti!
Outside of work, Jyoti enjoys spending time with his grandchild. This year, Jyoti’s summer vacation plans include a trip home to Nepal to spend some time with family! Thank you, Jyoti, for your hard work and service!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Morgan Querio! Morgan is a Production Supervisor and has been with Herbruck’s for 3 years. When Morgan found out she had won, she jumped up and down and celebrated with her coworkers.
A typical day for Morgan means leading the team to take the best care of our laying hens, which includes checking the feed, water, and walking through the houses and monitoring the health and behavior of our chickens. Her favorite part of working at Herbruck’s is being able to take care of the chickens and work with them directly. She loves knowing her chickens are helping feed the world. Morgan’s advice to new employees is to stay positive and embrace change. Excellent advice, Morgan!
When Morgan is not working she likes to spend time on the lake, riding her side by side, and spending time with friends and family. This summer, Morgan is looking forward to a trip by boat to see Keith Urban in Escanaba in July. Thank you, Morgan, for your hard work and service!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Derek Stoy! Derek works at Blue Springs and has been with Herbruck’s for one year this month. Derek has been nominated several times, but was beginning to feel he was the Susan Lucci of the award and would never win. He would like to thank the academy, all of his adoring fans, his family (he has always wanted to say that!) but in all seriousness, he feels truly blessed and humbled to have this award.
A “typical” day for Derek does not exist, but that is part of what he loves about this job! He tries to help as many departments as possible with their safety needs. His favorite part of working at Herbruck’s is the fact that no 2 days are the same. Each day brings a different challenge. Derek feels truly honored to be able to work with a family oriented company like Herbruck’s and to have seen it grow from day one in Pennsylvania. Not many people can say they assisted on the initial start up of a company the size of Herbruck’s!
Outside of work, Derek likes spending time outdoors with his son hunting and fishing. He also enjoys spending time with him and his significant other at the local dirt tracks. Fun fact– Derek has been a volunteer firefighter/emt for 32 years! This year, Derek’s summer vacation plans include visiting numerous dirt tracks and spending time in the woods. They are his sandy beaches! Dereks advice to a new hire would be to come to work everyday with a great attitude, give 110% and take advantage of the great opportunity in front of you. Thank you for modeling that exact advice, Derek. We appreciate you!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Hailey McMillan! Hailey works in Accounts Payable and has been with Herbruck’s for three years. When Hailey found out she had won, she was surprised. But it came as no surprise to her peers!
A typical day for Hailey means making sure vendor bills are paid, which includes coding & assigning vendor invoices for approval, working closely with the Indiana Growers to ensure payments are made on a timely basis, new vendor set ups, answering vendor inquires, and various other tasks as they arise. Her favorite part of working at Herbruck’s is that there is never a dull moment and always something to do. Hailey’s advice to new employees is to work hard & ask questions if you are unsure. And to try to think outside the box. She points out that Herbruck’s welcomes new ideas that will help streamline processes, so if you have suggestions that will help, to bring them up for discussion. Excellent advice, Hailey!
When Hailey is not working or volunteering, she enjoys side by side trail riding, boating, and spending time with family & friends. Fun fact: Hailey is active in the Hubbardston American Legion Auxiliary as Sergeant at Arms. This summer, Hailey is looking forward to a few planned trail rides! Thank you, Hailey, for your hard work and service!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Rebekah Jarman. Rebekah works at the Main Farm Guard Shack and has been with Herbruck’s for just over one year. When Rebekah found she had won, she thought it might have been a joke, but was very appreciative.
A typical day for Rebekah includes interacting with everyone who comes and goes at Main Farm, including employees, all the truck drivers, and shipping and receiving. She tries to greet every person with a smile on her face. Her favorite part of working at Herbruck’s is getting to meet so many people, and she advises new employees to not be afraid to ask questions!
Outside of work, Rebekah likes spending time outdoors, especially when it is warm. She loves camping, bonfires, and sunsets, and loves going to her favorite campgrounds just off of Lake Michigan. This year, she has an upgraded camper, so she’s excited to use it! Thank you, Rebekah, for your great attitude and smile!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Janice Fox-Hill. Janice has been with Herbruck’s just over four years and is our Compliance Administrative Coordinator.
A typical day for Janice includes working on egg and fertilizer licensing compliance, renewals and tracking with the states where we sell our products, doing various reports for the Compliance area, organizing pullet files, and most recently helping to implement our new Learning Management System (LMS) Absorb, which will be launching with all employees soon! She loves helping people to the best of her ability while staying busy and doing something purposeful. Janice recommends that new hires keep good attendance, have a positive attitude, and surround themselves with positive people and keep asking questions until they get the hang of things.
Outside of work, Janice loves spending time with her husband Mike, her teenager Aubrey, or her grown children Brittany (pictured behind Janice) and Bolton and their families. She also loves working with flowers and is looking forward to landscaping more this summer, possibly building an ornamental koi pond. Thank you, Janice, for your great humor!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Jacob Cantu. Jacob works at the GMO Guard Shack and has been with Herbruck’s for six and a half years. He said he was very surprised to learn he won.
A typical day for Jacob includes interacting with everyone who comes and goes at GMO, including all the truck drivers. He also makes sure everyone is following our strict biosecurity guidelines. His favorite part of his job is the solid hours and that there is chance for overtime. He advises any new hire to “give yourself time to properly adjust to the work.”
Outside of work, Jacob likes to go on nature walks, watch movies, and try new restaurants. He is looking forward to his wife’s family reunion this July.
Thank you, Jacob, for keeping our birds safe and always being diligent on biosecurity protocols.
Congratulations to second-time GEOTM winner Johnathan Baisden. Johnathan is a Maintenance Supervisor at Blue Springs and has been with Herbruck’s for eight years. He said he was very surprised to learn he won.
A typical day for Johnathan includes verifying that all machinery with the facility and grading machinery is running at its full potential, adjusting if needed. His favorite thing about his job is that every day is a new challenge. Johnathan’s advice for any new hire is “come to work and give it your best and it will not go unnoticed, I promise.”
Outside of work, Johnathan says he likes to spend time with his family and explore the area. He doesn’t have any big vacation plans as of right now but is thinking about a staycation in the area.
Thank you, Johnathan, for your continued dedication to the team.
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Megan Robinson. Megan is the QA Supervisor at Blue Springs and has been with Herbruck’s for ten months. She said she was surprised to learn she won.
A typical day for Megan can range from problem solving, to quality checks on the line, whether egg or water checks. Also, verifying documentation and verifying/creating documents for the upcoming audits. Her advice to any new hire would be “to be adaptable and ready for change and that Herbruck’s has already been a wonderful company to work for.”
Outside of work, Megan is an avid barrel racer and she really enjoys traveling. She has no current vacation plans, but hopefully a trip to Vegas is in her near future. Thank you, Megan, for all your hard work.
Fun fact- Megan is our first Good Egg winner from Blue Springs!
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Emily Fust. Emily is the Main Farm Processing Supervisor and has been with Herbruck’s for over six years. She said she was shocked and very thankful. She hopes to see more people from processing be nominated or win because packing eggs is not as easy as you may think.
A typical day for Emily is watching over both graders, ensuring all orders are covered for the day, assisting during breaks, and helping with changeovers. She says she loves to be hands-on. Her favorite thing about work is making people smile and trying to make work as enjoyable as possible. Her advice for any new hire would be, “when you have your bad days at work, just remember that there will be the good days as well, and just persevere if it is something you want.”
Outside of work, Emily loves spending time with her daughter (her mini-me) and riding motorcycles. She says free time is scarce now that she has started school. Emily is looking forward to heading to Florida in early March for Daytona Bike Week. Thank you, Emily, for your dedication to your team and Herbruck’s.
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Caroline Kwilinski. Caroline is a Human Resources Generalist and has been with Herbruck’s for four months. She said her reaction to winning was such a great surprise, and was excited and couldn’t wait to share the news with her team.
A typical day for Caroline usually involves answering emails and phone calls, helping other Herbruck’s team members who have questions about their benefits, and working on a variety of other HR projects. Caroline says her favorite thing about her job is helping people. Whether it is just understanding something better or fixing a problem for someone, it is very rewarding to help others at work.
Outside of work, Caroline enjoys spending time with my family, friends, her cat, reading books, playing board games, and going for walks. She said her and her husband want to plan a return trip to Tennessee soon. They went last year and fell in love with the Great Smokey Mountains.
Thanks, Caroline, for all your hard work. You are a great benefit to Herbruck’s.
Congratulations to second-time GEOTM winner Carl Bigger. Carl has been with Herbruck’s for over 17 years and is the Hennery Manure Supervisor.
A typical day for Carl involves watching the equipment and making sure that everything is running as it should, helping the team problem solve problems that arise, and looking for ways to be more efficient/run smoother. His favorite thing about his job is staying busy throughout the day and helping his team learn the equipment and how to problem-solve it.
Outside of work, Carl enjoys riding his motorcycle and recreational vehicles, spending time with family, and wants to finish working on his garage/house.
Thank you, Carl for your dedication to your team and Herbruck’s.
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Ciara Kelley. Ciara is the QA Supervisor – SQF Practitioner at Main Farm and has been at Herbruck’s for seven and a half years. She said she was surprised when she found out and is grateful for the recognition, and will strive to keep succeeding!
A typical day at work for her looks like verifying the HACCP charts, documentation, and grading sheets from the previous day, assisting my team and other departments with anything that may arise, attending meetings, reviewing/updating procedures and other documents. Her favorite part of her job is how diverse the job is. Two days rarely are the same.
Outside of work, Ciara enjoys doing crafts, spending time with her husband and their fur babies. Ciara and her husband are planning a road trip around the East coast in 2023 and a cruise with friends in 2024.
Thank you for all your hard work, Ciara.
Congratulations to first-time GEOTM winner Rocio Gomez. Rocio is part of the Hennery Production Service Crew day shift team and has been with Herbruck’s for three years now. She said she was surprised and had tears of joy when she found out she won.
Her typical day at work is cleaning out houses, vaccinations, bloods, scheduling, when flocks go out (house turnarounds), and much more. She says her favorite thing about work is the positive attitudes from team members and their smiling faces. Her advice for any new hire is “do not ever be afraid to ask questions you may not be sure of.”
Outside of work, Rocio says she likes to go out dancing with her husband, spend time with her son building forts, and cooking. Some of her new year plans are moving into her new home and traveling to Texas.
Thank you for all you do to serve the bird, Rocio.