Category Archives: Employee Feature

Employee Feature: Sarah Gruber

IMG_2077Today we are proud to introduce you to Sarah, another one of our wonderful dispatchers. Sarah and her team are the voice of Caltronics. When you contact Caltronics, they are there to assist you with whatever you need.

Another dispatcher, Roya, shared this description of their role as dispatchers: “As dispatchers, our goal is to assist all customers and employees that reach out to us with the utmost speed, efficiency and customer service. We pride ourselves on being the voice of the company and we take our jobs very seriously, because our job is the foundation of Caltronics. If you’re ever in need, just remember one of us will always be a phone call, email or click away!”

Learn more about Sarah below:

Work Life

What does “Customer Service” mean to you?

To me, customer service means being the voice for the customer to make sure their needs are taken care of so that they can have confidence in our service. Customer service is the foundation for any great company and so important for good customer loyalty.

What is your favorite part of working for Caltronics?

I love the caring family atmosphere you get from working at Caltronics.

In three words, what sums up the life & work of a dispatcher?

Multi-tasking, hectic and fun.

Personal Life

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?

I love all things sports – watching sports, playing sports, working out, boxing, softball, dancing and spending time with my friends/family.

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How do you like to spend your weekends?

I usually spend my weekends watching or playing sports, going out dancing, hanging out with friends, shopping, taking day trips out of town, or doing work on my house.

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Employee Feature: Danette Allen

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We will be highlighting our fantastic dispatch team over the coming weeks, and today we are excited to introduce you to Danette. Danette and her team are the voice of Caltronics. When you contact Caltronics, Danette and her team are there to assist you with whatever you need.

Another dispatcher, Roya, shared this description of herself and her team: “As dispatchers, our goal is to assist all customers and employees that reach out to us with the utmost speed, efficiency and customer service. We pride ourselves on being the voice of the company and we take our jobs very seriously, because our job is the foundation of Caltronics. If you’re ever in need, just remember one of us will always be a phone call, email or click away!”

Learn more about Danette below:

Work Life

1. What does “Customer Service” mean to you?

What customer service means to me is the ability to provide a customer outstanding attention to what the individual customers needs are.

2. What is your favorite part of working for Caltronics?

The way that everyone works as a team to get the job done for our wonderful customers.

3. What are three words to summarize work of dispatch?

Satisfaction, compassion & service

Personal Life

1. What are your favorite things to do outside of work?

I love to go explore California with my husband

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2. How do you spend your weekends?

I like to spend my weekends relaxing with family & friends, occasionally traveling & going to raider games.

Employee Feature: Roya Ornelas

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This is Roya Ornelas, one of our amazing dispatchers at Caltronics. When you work with Caltronics, our dispatch team will help you with any questions or issues that arise. We are proud to have a fantastic team of dispatchers and will be highlighting these wonderful customer service professionals on our blog over the coming weeks.

Roya shared this description of herself and her team: “As dispatchers, our goal is to assist all customers and employees that reach out to us with the upmost speed, efficiency and customer service. We pride ourselves on being the voice of the company and we take our jobs very seriously, because our job is the foundation of Caltronics. If you’re ever in need, just remember one of us will always be a phone call, email or click away!”

Learn more about Roya, both professionally and personally, in this profile:

Work Life
1. What does “Customer Service” mean to you?
Customer service is the foundation for any great company. It’s how you treat the customers and make them feel comfortable and taken care of in the services you provide them. It’s taking the extra step, every time, for every customer that relies on you.

2. What is your favorite part of working for Caltronics?
I’ve always loved how fun and comfortable it is working with Caltronics. Even though we are such a large company, we all know each other and have communication and relations within departments. You can’t promise the best experience to customers if there isn’t one within the company – and Caltronics definitely offers that for experience for ,both, employees as well as customers.

3. In three words, what sums up the life & work of a dispatcher?
Never-ending ~ fun ~ rewarding

Personal Life
1. What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I love more than anything to spend time with my family. I have a nine-month-old son named Gunner and my husband and I are now expecting a baby girl in October. My favorite thing to do is play with my son, or chase him for hours around the house. My life revolves around my son and my family and when I am not working,  I love nothing more than to be with them.

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2. How do you like to spend your weekends?
Weekends are for fun & relaxing! Saturdays are spent with my son and seeing our friends or family and running errands, then we always have a movie night at home together. Then Sunday my entire family gets together for Sunday lunch and the rest the day is spent doing household chores & relaxing at home with our little guy. 954770_10200257795834159_1496635201_n

Employee Feature: Bryson Grant

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Bryson Grant, a sales rep at our headquarters in Sacramento, recently completed the Vineman, theoldest independent full distance triathlon held in the continental United States. Vineman athletes swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles through Sonoma County’s beautiful wine country.

Bryson shared a little about his experience training and completing this incredible race, and about working at Caltronics with us. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here.

Name: Bryson Grant
Age: 24

You just completed the Vineman (congrats!). How did you prepare for such a grueling race?

I signed up for the Vineman Iron Man 8 months ago so there was plenty of time to prepare. Swimming was new to me, I haven’t swam long distances in the past so it was very difficult at first but after a few months it became easier and more natural. I would do most of my trainings on the weekends with long runs and long rides as they take up lots of time. During the week I would do my best to get swims and shorter runs in. I also would play soccer a couple days a week to mix things up. To prepare mentally I sought advice of one of my mentor’s  who has done a Ironman and had a ton of great and necessary information for me.

Had you ever done anything like the Vineman before?

I have done numerous Century (100mile) bike rides, completed the CA International Marathon in 2011 and have done a handful of half marathons.

What was your experience like during the race? How long did it take you to finish?

It was a very rewarding experience, each checkpoint was a milestone and had its own personal reward, it kept me motivated to press on. It was a constant mental battle to keep the wheels turning, there was 5 or 6 times where I wanted to quit but I was able to push through and get a second…third…fourth..etc wind. What made the biggest difference was the numerous volunteers offering encouragement and serving at the water/aid stations. The weather being remarkably cool was another bonus, with a high of 78 degrees I was very blessed previous years it had been 90+ degrees.

It took me a total of 15 hours and 33 minutes to complete.

What made you want to do the Vineman?

In college I got into long distance running and cycling, my junior year I was looking up triathlons and came across the Vineman Ironman in Sonoma, from that point it was on my ‘bucket list’, my personal goal was to complete a Ironman before I turned 25.

Would you do it again? What would you do differently?

I would do another Ironman, I would spend more time on the bike training and also work out a better nutrition plan. My goal would be to finish in a better time, ideally sub 13 hours.

ImageIs there anything you learned during your experience that you can apply to work?

I think the whole experience is applicable to work and life.

My mentor pointed out to me a couple days before the event, “you are 90% done already, the last 10% is the actual race” meaning all the work I had put into training and preparing myself, mentally, physically, emotionally was the vast majority. The actual race portion was a fraction of what I had already achieved.

That is 100% applicable to work, things don’t happen overnight, it is a process and 90% of the work needs to be done before a sale or contract can be put in place and it takes the necessary preparations in order to achieve the last 10%.

When it is all said and done, I think it is about the journey and preparations to achieve the goal, my experience with the Ironman reinforced that concept.

How long have you been at Caltronics?
A year and a half.

Why did you join Caltronics?
Many different reasons why I joined Caltronics, the primary being: I love the fact that Caltronics is a family owned company with family values, has a great corporate culture, and also the necessary resources to be successful.

What’s the best thing about working at Caltronics?
The people. It is a great team of talented hardworking individuals that give 100% everyday, it’s a very positive and unique environment that I enjoy being a part of. The work ethic, experience, character, and knowledge of the employees reflect why Caltronics is so successful.

Where did you work before Caltronics?
I was coaching JV Soccer and assistant coaching with Varsity Volleyball at my high school before being hired at Caltronics.

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I went to Azusa Pacific University and studied Psychology and Business Admin.

Do you play any sports?
I played soccer and volleyball for Capital Christian High School, and played Club Volleyball for Azusa Pacific.

Both are great sports and I was very fortunate to represent my college in volleyball.

There is no better feeling than scoring a game winning goal or well stuck hit on the volleyball court.

What do you love to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I love to exercise, play soccer, spend time with family and friends and I am a soccer coach for my old club as well.

What might a co-worker be surprised to know about you?

I was born and raised here in Sacramento and both of my parents are from Texas.

Out of respect for their Texas roots my parents decided to name my two older brothers and I after cities in Texas.

You can see all our names on a map of Texas: Tyler, Marshall, and Bryson.

Employee Feature: Adam Wager

photo(5)Today we’re excited to introduce you to Robert “Adam” Wager, a sales rep in our Pleasanton office.

Age: 22

How long have you been at Caltronics? I have worked for Caltronics for 8 months.

Why did you join Caltronics? I came on board with Caltronics because of the people. From management and logistics to sales and service, the people who work at Caltronics are smart, honest, and hard-working people who I look forward to working with now and in the future.

What’s the best thing about working at Caltronics? I enjoy working in the sales department at Caltronics because of the technology. This is an exciting industry because the products, software, and related services continue to evolve and improve over time – it really is a cutting-edge industry.

Where did you work before Caltronics? Before coming on board with Caltronics, I worked for the Office of Development at the University of Oregon. The Office of Development at UO is responsible for alumni relations and academic fund raising. In high school, I worked part-time as an outside serviceman for a golf club in Sacramento called Del Paso Country Club.

Where did you go to college and what did you study? I majored in Journalism and Communication and minored in Geography at the University of Oregon ( GO DUCKS!!! Quack Quack, Waddle Waddle…)

Do you play any sports? Tell us about them.  I played baseball, basketball, and rugby at Jesuit high school in Sacramento. I played because I enjoy team camaraderie and the bond players develop when they share in both failure and success.

What do you love to do in your spare time? In my spare time, I enjoy working out, spending time with friends, and demolishing Dan Jr. in 9 holes of golf.

What might a co-worker be surprised to know about you? People might be surprised to know that I speak French pretty well. I’ve taken 6 years of French classes and still study the language in my spare time.

Employee Feature: Kyle Harvey

1460Today we’re featuring Kyle, one of our specialists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn about him below and connect with him on LinkedIn here.

Age: 23

How long have you been at Caltronics?

12 months, I hit my first year mark earlier this month.

Why did you join Caltronics?

After meeting with Mike Phipps and Adam Carter I was instantly impressed with their knowledge, competitiveness and desire to be the best. I also grew up around the Reilly family so I was excited about working in such a family oriented environment.

What’s the best thing about working at Caltronics?

The best thing about working at Caltronics is the people that work here, working with some of my closest friends, the customers that we all work with and finding solutions to their problems.

Where did you work before Caltronics?

I worked at two semiconductor companies in the bay area (Zilog and NXP Semiconductors). I also accepted a position at NetApp before changing directions and joining the Caltronics team.

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and a minor in Economics.

Do you play any sports? Tell us about them.
I played basketball all four years of high school and boxed for a year at SCU. I also coached the frosh/soph men’s basketball team at Santa Clara High School for three years. I still enjoy playing
basketball and football.

What do you love to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, family, girlfriend and dog. I also play in an old man’s basketball and football league twice a week, which is a lot of fun.

What might a co-worker be surprised to know about you?

A co-worker might be surprised that I enjoy cooking.

Employee Feature: Andrew Young

ProfileThis week, we’re pleased to introduce you to another one of our new employees, Andrew Young, a digital specialist in the Bay Area. Learn more about Andrew below and connect with him on LinkedIn here.

Name: Andrew Young

Age: 22

How long have you been at Caltronics?

5 Months

Why did you join Caltronics?

I joined team Caltronics because of the opportunity to work with awesome people. The direction of the company is incredible and the sky is really the limit for all of us here. I was blessed to know the Reilly family since 7th grade and understand all of the great values the Reilly’s stand for.

What’s the best thing about working at Caltronics?

People, People, People. Our staff is second to none.

Where did you work before Caltronics?

I worked in Oakland with the Golden State Warriors in the ticket sales department. As much as I would like to take credit for their great start to the season, I had nothing to do with it.

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

Menlo College is where I graduated from with a degree in Mass Communication Marketing. I had a great experience and was fortunate to graduate in four years. The relationships I made were life long relationships and it didn’t hurt living in beautiful Menlo Park.

Do you play any sports? Tell us about them.

I was born with a basketball in my hand from day 1. I played basketball four years at Menlo College and made all-conference my senior year. Before Menlo, I played 4 years of hoop at Jesuit High School in Sacramento with fellow Caltronics employees Kyle Harvey, Rod Hawkins, Dan Reilly Jr., Marquese Smith, and Adam Wager. We are currently in the process of having Mr. Reilly sponsor a Caltronics basketball team. Stay tuned.

What do you love to do in your spare time?

The relationships we make in life is what it is all about. I enjoy spending time with friends and family as much as possible along with staying active with sports.

What might a co-worker be surprised to know about you?

Well, I heard we have a lot of golfers here at team Caltronics. I actually was in a competitive golf league during ages 10-12. There were prizes for the top players along with challenges through out the 18 holes of play. I was pretty good back then. But, in this day and age, make sure you are ready to yell FORE when I hit the ball!