Tasha Barker was recognized in the President’s Report 2016 for WITCC as the WITCC co-Alumni of the Year. Tasha is the General Manager of Electric Innovations, part of the Thompson Electric family.
A 1993 graduate of East High, Tasha Barker began working at Gateway Computers advancing up through customer service, sales, finance, manufacturing, global products and finally the Gateway Country Stores until 1999. She then devoted two years to Christian ministry and working at Belle of Sioux City. While working full time and raising her son, Barker began her non-traditional, post-secondary education at WITCC in 2002.
“I had enrolled to be a part of the inaugural Online Certificate of Nursing Program. Upon completion of my LPN exam, I proceeded into the Associates Degree of Nursing Program. It was a very proud moment for all of my family, as I was the first person in my family to obtain a college diploma.” said Barker.
Her experience and advanced education allowed her to move up in her career with the casino. She spent the next six years as the Compliance and Regulatory Manager for The Argosy Casino during which time she continued her education through the WITCC extension program with Bellevue University. She completed her BS in Healthcare Management and is working to complete her MBA program there as well.
During her time at the casino, Barker says she was fortunate to have worked with many non-profit organizations and had the pleasure of joining the Foundation Board at WITCC in 2012. While on this board, she was introduced to the President and CEO of TEC Corp, Skip Perley. In 2013, she made a career decision and accepted a position to work with Skip Perley at Electric Innovations.
“Today I serve as the General Manager for Electric Innovations. I am currently the President of the Foundation Board at WITCC. I am a board member for the Foundation at Unity Point and am a long-standing Community Impact Volunteer for the United Way of Siouxland. I am the proud mother of two boys. My oldest son is a busy young man who lives and works in Sioux City, while my youngest son is at home with me in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. My personal interests include anything that involves family, friends and lots of laughter,” said Barker.
Congratulations to Tasha for being recognized by WITCC.
The Partner for Agribusiness is a quarterly publication for Austin Mutual Insurance Company. Thompson Specialty Service was featured in the Winter 2016 publication talking about the Dangerous Power of Arc Flash.
Kent Voigt, Senior Risk Consultant, for Austin Mutual Insurance saw the Thompson Specialty Services presentation at the Ag Cooperative Safety Directors of Iowa in Story City, IA and asked if we would be interested in presenting our presentation to their Risk Consultants in Omaha. As part of this agreement they also asked if Thompson Specialty Services would like to be interviewed for an article in their The Partner, that is mailed to their agricultural customers quarterly.
Kent Grange was interviewed for the article. You can see the article at the link below.
Information on Thompson Specialty Services is available here.
Thompson’s Service Vans were all decked out for the Christmas parades in Yankton, SD and Le Mars, IA this past week.
In Yankton, Barrie Larson (PM) his wife Tona and their kids, Ryker & Cooper, Shannon Vornhagen (PM) and son, Colton, Joey Nickles (Apprentice), Brice Sayler (Apprentice), his wife, Kristen and their kids, Corbin & Quinn and Frank Acosta (Service Electrician) all participated in the parade. They walked by the Thompson van and handed out candy to kids along the parade route and help spread the Thompson holiday cheer.
In Le Mars, Ed Anderson not only decked out the Thompson’s service van, he also pulled the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce float promoting Ice Cream Day’s in Le Mars. Christine Rasmussen, a friend of Ed’s, also helped in handing out candy and spreading the holiday cheer.
It’s great to see so many of Thompson Electric’s employees participating in their local community events. Thanks for making the Holidays a little more special.
This past week Gene McNaughton of Elite Consulting was brought in as a sales consultant for Thompson Electric, Thompson Specialty Services and Electric Innovations. For over 25 years, Gene has passionately pursued the answers to questions like, “What difference does your difference make?”
The day-long session provided several ways to improve the way you communicate with new and existing clients. From the tone of your voice to the knowledge you have about a product or situation. Knowledge is power and the way you communicate this knowledge to your client is critical. Overall, the training session was very beneficial from helping give the inexperienced person keys on being successful in sales, to giving the experienced person a reminder on best sales practices.
At the end of the day, we all had the opportunity to use what we learned to break a 12” x 12” x 1” board in half by focusing and concentrating on the task at hand. Everybody used this information and broke their board. Many also used the board to symbolically “break through” to a new approach, energy, or even a personal goal.
In order to fulfill our pillar of “Employee Engagement and Excellence” we know we must continually provide opportunity to learn and grow. Last Wednesday, we did both and had a great time doing it.
FleX – Future Leaders Excelling Program – Is a one of a kind program created to accelerate the learning of leadership skills, project management skills and other day to day skills needed to successfully navigate in today’s work environment. The program was developed by Thompson Electric, with the intent to fill the needs of the future more efficiently.
The FleX Training Program will be a nine-month training program that will meet bi-weekly on Thursday’s for two hours. During this time these individuals will learn all aspects of business, leadership skills, and project management techniques, while working in real life situations. They will also encounter real life scenario’s set up to help them understand and learn firsthand on how to work and negotiate with a variety of people.
Overall, we feel that the FleX Training Program will lead to higher customer satisfaction, more innovation, lower costs and faster growth. Thompson Electric views this as an investment into our future
These individuals will be participating in the first ever FleX Program. Nick Hoffman, Dillan Malloy, Brice Sayler and Tyler Walsh. After the inaugural program, achieves the success that we anticipate, we plan to continue and expand the program.
The FleX Program started on September 8th and will end on May 18th, 2017, Graduation Day…