The only way to do great work is with great people who truly enjoy their jobs.
EPI-HAB Phoenix, Inc.’s success is fueled by hard working, enthusiastic employees who take considerable pride in their work. Every project receives their expert craftsmanship and attention to detail. The team is motivated by a sense of purpose explained by the organization’s mission: “to provide meaningful employment for individuals with epilepsy and other challenges by performing valued work for area businesses.”
An integral part of fostering EPI-HAB employees’ passion for the job is acknowledging and celebrating their successes. Most recently, company leadership and staff threw a retirement party for the organization’s long-time truck driver, Larry Lake.
Working for EPI-HAB for almost seven years, Larry has been more than just EPI-HAB’s truck driver. He also served as the company’s mobile ambassador of good will. When work was picked up or dropped off, Larry was the first EPI-HAB team member customers saw.
A native of Baraboo, WI, Larry was referred to EPI-HAB by an associate who knew its president, Matt Redmann, and partnered with the nonprofit for many years. Larry said he was drawn to the position because of the work schedule, and “it helped that Matt is a Green Bay Packers fan.”
What have you liked most about your job?
Larry: I enjoyed driving and the physical work involved, but most of all, I loved working with my coworkers and interacting with the customers.
What television show or movie reminds you the most of the team atmosphere and personalities you work with at EPI-HAB and why?
L: Easy…” I Love Lucy.” The scene where Lucy and Ethel are working on the assembly line reminds me of what it’s like working at EPI-HAB. My days were sometimes hectic and frustrating, but I could always have fun and laugh with my coworkers.
What are some achievements, successes, or milestones you are proud of?
L: Reaching retirement and building rewarding relationships.
What will you miss most about EPI-HAB?
L: I will miss the camaraderie with my coworkers, especially Patsy and Manny.
What are your hobbies? What do you do during your time outside of the box truck?
L: Working around the house, volunteering for Lura Turner Homes and being part of Glendale Hiking Club. I go on day hikes with a group of 12 to 14 hikers from the club.
Something interesting most people don’t know about you is:
L: I love to travel to unusual places outside of tourist destinations. I also have a Tim Conway sense of humor.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Why is it important?
L: My father advised me to get to work on time and cooperate with the boss. He worked for the railroad so I figured he knew what he was talking about.
What are you looking forward to most about retirement?
L: The freedom to do what I want on my timeline.
Larry will be fondly remembered at EPI-HAB for his outgoing, cheerful personality and impeccable driving record.
“As a very dedicated and dependable truck driver, Larry has helped foster strong customer relationships,” said Redmann. “We applaud Larry for his contributions to our organization and wish him the best in this new chapter of his life.”
Interested in joining the EPI-HAB team?
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