All Star Player Of The Month – Wes Martin

Thomas would like to congratulate Wes Martin on his superb contribution to our company!   He began his career with us on 07/16/2012 as a delivery driver in our ECT division.  Bryan Thomas and Harvey Willis recognized Wes’ organizational skills and soon moved him into our warehouse.  Wes is now the Warehouse foreman and crucial to our inventory and order staging systems.  He has made the basement warehouse—he affectionally calls it the dungeon—his kingdom!

Quiet, serious and determined, everyone was a bit intimidated by Wes when he first went down to the “dungeon”.  However, they quickly realized with his dry wit and sense of humor, he is a gentle giant.  His supervisor, Harvey Willis states, “He is a great worker and makes things easy.  Whatever you ask him to do, he does it—no questions.”  Wes is a strong leader in the warehouse.  He leads his crew with a mellow yet firm hand.

Wes has several interests which make him very versatile.  Management knows Wes is full of potential and we are happy to watch him grow with Thomas!

Read below about some more interesting facts about this All-Star!!
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FUN FACT:  What is your hidden talent?   I write, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a talent.

Question:  Tell me about your first day with Thomas.
Answer:    I started out with Thomas in the Summer of 2012 as a route driver here at ECT, when we were still at the 502 Industrial Park location.  The first day was pretty uneventful.  Harvey gave me the rundown of the route and the guy I replaced rode with me to make sure I actually knew what I was doing.  I didn’t lose any tires or money, so I think they were satisfied.

Question:  Did anything special make an impression on you?  If so, what, how and why?
Answer:     Harvey was the first supervisor who didn’t talk to me like I was an uneducated rube right out the gate, which was a new experience for me.  There was a level of professional respect there, where in today’s job world, is rare.

Question:  List—quickly—the first 5 words that come to mind describing yourself.
Answer:    1.  Truthful (to a fault)    2.  No-Nonsense (that’s two words divided by a hyphen)    3.  Introverted (which people mistake for unfriendly)    4.  Serious (but not always)     5.  Contemplative (my brain is surprisingly a busy place)

FUN FACT:   What would be your dream job if not working for Thomas?   History Teacher or firearms designer…..or both.

Question:  Who is the most important person in your life?  Why are they—what makes them special to you?
Answer:    The most important were my grandparents, now passed away.  They raised me from a baby up until young adulthood.  They were the truest form of family one could ever know.  In their 70’s, they took in a screaming, little baby, when they were under no obligation to do so.  They were true old school, having seen the Depression, World War II, and every up and down of the second half of the 20th century.  While they never knew physical wealth, they gave me principles and beliefs that are worth infinitely more than all the money in the world.  They taught me self-reliance, strong will and never to be afraid of hard work.

Question:  In five songs, tell me the soundtrack of your life and the story it tells about you.
Answer:    Song #1:  “Something More Than Free” by Jason Isbell
If you want to know its story for me, look up my lyrics.  It’s pretty much self-explanatory.  (This interviewer did—made me cry.)
Song #2:    “I Won’t Back Down” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The title pretty much explains it.
Song #3:    “Tom Sawyer” by Rush
Because Neil Peart is possibly a drum playing super robot.  No mere human can be that awesome.
Song #4:    “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
I loved my grandparents dearly, but they were mortified of rock music and I had to sneak it in and out of the house in my earlier childhood (8-14).  A kid at my elementary school had made a mix tape of his dad’s old Zeppelin albums with all their best stuff.  (Back in the 80’s, we didn’t download music or even burn CDs.  All cassettes or even still some vinyl is what we had.)  I took that tape home and while grandma cooked supper and Grandpa mowed, I ran out into the woods with my little cassette player and headphones.  I popped in the tape and the first sound to hit my ears was that big, bold, almost symphonic opening of Kashmir.  I had never experienced anything like it.  I had goosebumps, that’s how you know you are bearing witness to the best of human creativity….when you experience a fundamental change within your senses.  This one song above all others, changed the way I heard music.
Song #5:    “Times Like These” (Acoustic Version) by The Foo Fighters
Basically a song that happened to be at the right place in the right time of for me once.  Lots of people listen to music, but sometimes folks don’t actually hear it.

Question:  What is your grand, audacious goal?
Answer:    I don’t really have grand goals.  My daily goal in the morning is to do my job efficiently and make it home a the end of the day.  Simple as that.  There is a quote often attributed the Henry David Thoreau, although, it’s never been certain he said it, though true as it is.  “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and die with their song still inside them.”  I guess my goal is to not be one of them.

Question:  How has your life been different from the one you’d imagined?
Answer:    I thought I would have been a father.  But that wasn’t my lot in life.  I imagined a lot of things being different, some of those things keep me up at night…..but if you let the ‘what-ifs’ and the ‘never-was’ eat away at you, you’ll never appreciate the here and now.  Advice that I’m still learning to take.

Question:  Your advice to someone now entering into the workforce…………….
Answer:    Don’t think for a minute the world owes you anything.  It doesn’t.  You are owed nothing.  Don’t bring your chip on your shoulder into the work force because it won’t do you any good.  Hard work is the only real way to succeed.  And success isn’t actually measured on how fancy your job title is, or how big your office may be.  Success is when you can look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and be ok with who you see looking back at you.

image006.jpgFUN FACT:  I have a small stone from the property of Windsor Castle that an old friend of mine nearly got arrested by British Police retrieving for me.  Apparently the Bobbies don’t take kindly to cubby Americans sprinting across Her Majesty’s lawn to swipe a rock.