Employee Spotlight – Craig Slobodian
Craig Slobodian, CE Corporate Sales Manager – Regina, 26 years
Craig started working for Redhead Equipment 26 years ago as the Assistant Controller focusing on accounting, payroll, and some human resources duties. The company was much smaller back then, under 100 employees and the position covered a lot of ground. He then became the Regional Sales Manager for southern Saskatchewan, and has since become the Corporate Sales Manager for Construction Equipment.
When Craig talks about life in sales he says the day to day can be unpredictable: “we get surprises daily, customers get new jobs, have breakdowns and changes, we’re busy every day and things can change drastically by the end of the day.” One of the bigger challenges of his role is being able to adapt under pressure with ever-changing customer needs. “Some people need to have a plan, however the group we have in sales seem to work pretty well in panic mode and are able to adapt in pressure situations,” Craig stated regarding the challenges the sales team faces.
The daily challenges are all worthwhile though, knowing our equipment and service is satisfactory to our customers, and how we partake in their business success. Craig says, “there is satisfaction knowing our equipment was a part of something great like the recent by-pass construction.”
Our tagline ‘Whatever It Takes’ is demonstrated daily and Craig remembers a time when he and a colleague made a part out of a hockey puck for a customer when they couldn’t find the part they needed in time for the fix.
We asked Craig why he has stayed with Redhead for so many years and he said it’s a family culture, “The staff and customers feel like family, lots of friendships are made, its way more than a business.”
Redhead Equipment is celebrating 70 Years, why do you think the company has been around so long?
“We’re different because we’re a big company that still functions like a little company. The personal touch and feel we use when working with customers, we’re very creative.”
There is a lot of turnover in other businesses and we don’t see a lot of that here, Redhead has created longevity, there is plenty of growth and development with employees, and customer relationships have also developed over time. Our customers have built trust with the company and that has a lot to do with the longevity of the company.
What does Redhead mean to you?
It’s more than a job, feels like family, and having an employer that gives back at the level they do with Gary’s leadership, it’s a very respectable company and a great place to work.
Do you have any advice for employees new to Redhead Equipment?
There is a ton of experience here in these walls, rely on your team and learn from them. Build relationships and lean on others for support.
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If you have an hour of spare time, what do you find yourself doing?
Sometimes I play video games, however I’m usually spending time with the family and kids.