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James Burgess Employee Spotlight: 10 Years at Hugg & Hall

As a Product Support Sales Representative (a.k.a. “PSSR”), James Burgess sells parts and labor to the customer on the job site. For many of our customers in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area, he is the face of Hugg and Hall. We had the pleasure to sit down with him as he celebrates being with us for 10 years!

1. Where were you born and raised? Where do you live now?

 

I was born and raised in Eufala, OK. When I was 22 years old, I left our home to go to college, earning my degree in Agriculture Education. I wanted to be a teacher! 

After I graduated, I realized pretty quickly that I didn’t want to teach and became a salesman instead. Along the way, I made my way out here to the Fort Smith area. 

 

2. How long have you been with Hugg & Hall? If you started in a different position, tell us how you got here!

 

Before I came to Hugg & Hall, I worked for a  business selling uniforms. One of my customers at the time was Hugg and Hall. I am a salesman through and through and I sold myself to Hugg & Hall.

Chris Shields (Vice President of Product Support) gave me an opportunity to work here and I have to say, I have got the best job in the world. I am celebrating 10 years here on April 2nd!

 

3. What does a day in the life of a PSSR look like?

 

Most days, I am on the street or talking to customer before 7:30A.M. Typically I am walking in 10-15 doors a day to speak with our customers.

My goal is to always be the first one a customer calls. Sometimes, you can get upwards of 120 calls a day, and I gladly welcome all of them.

The work definitely ebbs and flows. Some days it’s slow and others there’s not enough of you to go around! More than anything, every day I sell value of what we here at Hugg & Hall bring to the table.

 

4. The best part, or your favorite thing, about working for Hugg & Hall?

 

In 10 years of working here, I haven’t ever had a day that’s duplicated itself. It’s different every day around here. 

5. Do you have a favorite memory of your time here at Hugg & Hall?

My goodness, there are too many great moments I have had here to pick just one.

I will say this though, I love watching the process. It truly takes all of us to make the wheel turn here at Hugg & Hall. We all rely on each other and trust that each person is going to do their part all with the customer in mind. 

 

6. What do you like to do in your free time?

Woodworking! Also, I just bought 57 acres and will be doing stocker cattle.

7. What is an interesting or random fact about you people may not know?

At one time, I paid the bills as a rodeo announcer. 

8. Tell us your favorite quote and what it means to you.

“Life is on.” I’ve had to be still for a long time. I have gotten myself to where I can move and shake and I’m never gonna be still again.

What people are saying about James:

“When I first met James 10 years ago, I found out that equipment repairs were not, as James would say “his wheel house”. He went head-first into his new position wholeheartedly. He is quick to learn and knows what customer service is about. James has learned, and retained, what is needed in his job and is second to none in his performance.

He has indeed sold some unusual items over the years that are not related to equipment repairs, for instance, catchers masks for one of our poultry customers, step ladders (enough to reach the moon), pink trash cans, 800 lbs. of rock salt (snow storm for melting ice), stainless steel spaghetti colanders (to weigh chicken) and a host of other items. Our customers know if there is something they need, if anyone can supply it, James is the man to get it done.

James knows that we as a company have to make a profit, he also knows we have to be fair with the customer. He is the perfect mix of the guy in the middle in a marketplace where we are not the least expensive lift truck company in town. We are the best and I’ve heard him tell customers “There’s one thing you don’t get with the other guys, and, that’s James Burgess”.  -Holand Purifoy

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON 10 YEARS, JAMES! We appreciate you! 

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May Employee Spotlight: Mark Riendeau

Meet Mark Riendeau!

Mark is a Rental Sales Manager stationed at our El Dorado, Arkansas location! Mark works with the Rental Team to deliver top-quality equipment to our customers while providing around-the-clock support on all rental reservationsAlthough he is new to the Hugg & Hall team he has already made a huge impact on rental sales, specifically in our North Louisiana region! Rental Managers like Mark are always meeting new customers, Mark expressed “interacting with different people from different backgrounds is my favorite thing about my job. Everyone has a story, I love hearing new & interesting ones!”  

Mark was born and raised in San Diego, California but is proud call Alexandria, Louisiana his home that he shares with his wife Emily and six-month-old daughter Mailey! Mark is a huge baseball fan and quite the athlete himself; Many do not know that he played College Baseball at Louisiana College in Pineville! Although he has a long sports background, he mentions, “If I could learn anything in life it would be how to hit a golf ball straight!” 😂 

Hugg & Hall appreciates the work Mark Riendeau has contributed in his short time here and hopes both customers and employees alike help us give him a warm welcome aboard! 

To start your own Hugg & Hall Story, visit our hiring website.

Employee Spotlight: Rezin Zook

Say ‘hello’ to Rezin Zook!

Rezin is a Product Support Sales Representative (PSSR) at Hugg & Hall’s Oklahoma City branch and has been with the company for 3 years. In a days’ time you can catch Rezin selling parts, service, and maintenance packages to customers in a large portion of Oklahoma. In his own words, “A large part of the job is keeping customers pleased with our service and making sure they feel as though they are receiving quality parts and service for their equipment;” says Rezin, “The customers perception is our reality.”

His ultimate goal, with every customer interaction, is to have the customer feel that they can honestly depend on him to be their problem solver. “I want to be their first call when an equipment issue occurs.” Rezin’s PSSR title does grant him some flexibility, which he enjoys since he manages customers near and far, which requires regular travel to customer locations.

Prior to working for Hugg & Hall, Rezin held other sales roles and attended Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. While attending university, he studied for and received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the ESU School of Business.

Although Rezin now lives in Edmond, he is originally from Larned, Kansas. In his free time he enjoys CrossFit, and FUN FACT  he can handstand walk! Rezin also mentioned that something people may not know about him, is that he learned to sew at a young age, and has made his own hunting vests, thanks to his mothers’ career as the Home Economics Teacher in his hometown.

Hugg & Hall would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Rezin Zook for his continued commitment to the team. You are an essential part to our team, we are lucky to have you! To start your own Hugg & Hall Story, visit our hiring website.