Meet Sierra, our Revenue Conservation Specialist

Sierra is our Revenue Conservation Specialist but is also known for being a beach bum and jokester extraordinaire! They get a zest for life that’s as boundless as the ocean waves.

When they are not busy building sandcastles and cracking jokes, you can find them indulging in other passions like reading, listening to live music and collecting salt and pepper shakers.

If Sierra could have any superpower, it would be shapeshifting! Imagine all the crazy adventures they could have as different creatures or people. Talk about the ultimate party trick?!

Shapeshifter or not, Sierra is a great asset to the Blades of Green team. Here’s a quote on why they enjoys working at Blades of Green:

I am so excited to watch us grow and flourish! Seeing a small local business grow and getting to be a part of all of the exciting new things we are always rolling out is truly the best part of working here.

So there you have it – a glimpse into the life of our beach-loving, joke-cracking, salt & pepper shaker collector! Please join us in wishing them the best of luck on fixing up their new home.

Meet Kelsey S., one of our talented Client Experience Reps

When Kelsey isn’t busy attending to our client’s needs, you can find her soaking up the sun in Ocean City, MD.

Drawing and doodling are her creative outlets, but nothing beats hanging out with her fantastic friends, beloved family, and adorable dogs.

She’s all about making people’s day brighter and has a knack for making people laugh!

If Kelsey could have any superpower, it would be time travel. Imagine all the incredible eras she could explore and the historical figures she could make laugh.

But for now, she’s focused on a different adventure, buying her own home. We are grateful she works with us to achieve this goal.

People’s Choice Fred of the Year

What does it mean to be selected as Blades of Green’s People’s Choice Fred of the Year? This title is a huge honor because each individual at our company votes for the winner. We recognize a team member that has made a huge impact on their team, not based on sales or production numbers, but based on how they exude our company values. The People’s Choice goes above and beyond for their teammates, company, and clients, helps out in any area needed, and they take ownership of their work.

What does it mean to be a Fred? Mark Sanborn, motivational speaker, and leadership expert, tells a story of a postman named Fred who transformed the way he viewed customer service and what it meant to go above and beyond. Fred, a seemingly ordinary USPS carrier, exemplified all of the positive factors that go into exceptional customer service. Blades of Green adopted The Fred Factor in 2014, which outlines what it means to be a “Fred” with four simple, but truly impactful principles:

  1. Everyone makes a difference.
  2. Success is built on relationships.
  3. You must continually create value for others, and it doesn’t have to cost a penny.
  4. You can reinvent yourself regularly.

Simply put, a “Fred” is someone who goes above and beyond the normal call of duty, regardless of recognition or reward.

Congratulations to our very own James Banashek for being chosen as our People’s Choice Fred of the Year for 2022.

Here are some things our team had to say about James:

James always has a beaming smile on his face and lights up the room. He always takes a moment to ask how you are doing and genuinely care about your response. He has helped almost every department at one point or another. James is very deserving of this award!

James always pops in to say hello to me and I love our little chats.  Even when he is extremely busy, he always takes time to attend the communication committee meetings and provides very valuable input!

James lives and breathes the BOG way. His positive attitude is authentic and contagious with his colleagues, as well as our clients. Thank you for constantly setting a good example for our newer team members and always going out of your way to help out others!

No matter what James is going through, you can always count on him to give his best for our people and our clients. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow in his role over the course of the last several years. One thing is for sure, if he puts his mind to something, he will make it happen. We are lucky to have him on our team.

12 Tips for a successful interview

A job interview provides the opportunity to showcase your unique personality, skills and potential.
Being prepared for a job interview can help you feel more confident and present yourself in the best possible light, increasing your chances of landing the job. Whether it’s researching the company, practicing responses to common interview questions, or preparing a list of questions to ask the interviewer, taking the time to prepare for a job interview can make all the difference.

1. Come to an interview prepared – research what the company does, who you are interviewing with, and some history about the company. Take time to visit their website, social media pages, Glassdoor, etc. 

2. Dress to impress! It is important no matter what position you are interviewing for.

3. Bring a portfolio, or at the very least, a pad of paper to write on and a pen. 

4. Prepare questions! Always ask questions! Feel free to write them down ahead of time and bring them to the interview. Questions not only help you show interest in the position and company but are a good way for you to find out more that you may not be able to gather through the company’s website or social media.

5. Practice! It may seem silly, but practice makes perfect! There are so many online resources that provide sample questions. The company may not ask you those exact questions, but having an answer prepared for that question may be applicable to another question the interviewer might ask you.

6. Interviews are nerve-wracking, we know! But don’t let the interviewer know. Never apologize for an answer and never say, “I don’t know” or “I am so nervous”. The interviewer wants to see that you can perform under pressure. Have confidence! You can do this! Don’t be afraid to take time to gather your thoughts before you give an answer to a question. You don’t get bonus points for getting through the interview the quickest!

7. Bring a copy of your resume. In most circumstances, you won’t need it, but in the event that you are prepared for it when the interviewer doesn’t have it, it will give you extra “brownie points”. Also, it is a great resource to refer back to during the interview and can help jog your memory when and if, you get stuck on a question that is asked. 

8. Read the information/instructions that the interviewer gives you carefully. 

9. Sometimes companies might want to see the projects that you have worked on that showcase any applicable skills. Be ready and prepared to refer to that or offer that information at the interview.

10. Be early, but not too early! In fact, it might even be a good idea to map out the location the night before to make sure you know exactly where you are going and ensure that you leave your house with ample time to get to the interview at least 10 minutes before it is scheduled. 

11. Do you know what you are looking for in an employer? An interview is a great opportunity to ensure that you are also getting out what you want from an employer, as well. Take in the environment, the personality of those you are meeting with and anyone that you have ancillary interactions with. They all matter and will tell you a lot about the company. 

12. Always send a handwritten note or email afterward to thank the interviewer(s) for their time. It is a great touch and will certainly set you apart from other candidates that they might be interviewing.