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JULY 2022

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Upcoming Events

COMPANY-WIDE MEETING: JULY 18
Seat King and Electrex Inc. will be hosting their second-quarter company wide meetings on Monday, July 18th. Electrex team members will meet at 1:00 PM and Seat King team members will meet at 2:00 pm to review the achievements and challenges of the previous quarter. Please plan to attend.

VACATIONS
Stewardship is a core value at our organization. While we expect team members to steward company time, we know that the best team members are those who take time for meaningful family time and personal pursuits. Make sure you're requesting your accrued time to make memories this summer. 

4 C Highlight: Connection

We strive to live out the 4C’s - Character, Connection, Competence, and Commitment - through decisions that will produce those three forms of capital for our customers, our employees, our suppliers, and our community.

 

This month we wanted to talk about how we live out Connection in the workplace.

 

Our company has no heart, soul, or life of its own. Our office, assembly lines, and manufacturing space are filled with the type of principled team members who have the knowledge, beliefs, and innovation that make our companies what they are today.  It is up to each team member to look for opportunities to serve people in all situations.

 

Serving customers well and blessing team members results in a transformational culture that creates exponential returns to social capital creation.

 

To serve well, one must understand the importance of the vision to see what should be done, the humility to believe it can only be done through teamwork, and the courage to persevere until it is done.  

 

Do you look for opportunities to share your experience and help where you can? Do you accept constructive feedback? Do you trust others on the team?  These are a few questions that can help you look for opportunities to connect well with team members.

WORKING DEFINITION OF CONNECTION:

 

Being available to assist when needed, being trustworthy, and having a clear orientation towards service.

 

HOW DO OUR TEAM MEMBERS DEMONSTRATE CONNECTION?

Connection is demonstrated by team members who are oriented toward service and have the vision to see what needs to be done, humility to  say yes to any task, and the courage to persevere until the task is completed.

•        Communicate openly and honestly with your teammates.

•        Identify ways you can help someone else succeed.

•        Share your ideas to help make your organization a great place to work.  

 

Upcoming Events

COMPANY-WIDE MEETING: JULY 18
Seat King and Electrex Inc. will be hosting their second-quarter company wide meetings on Monday, July 18th. Electrex team members will meet at 1:00 PM and Seat King team members will meet at 2:00 pm to review the achievements and challenges of the previous quarter. Please plan to attend.

SUMMER VACATIONS
Stewardship is a core value at our organization. While we expect team members to steward the company's time, we know that the best team members are ones who take the opportunity for meaningful family time and personal pursuits. Make sure you're requesting your accrued time to make cherished memories this summer. 

 
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WELCOME

 

OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBERS

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CJ Mills

Controller

We are so excited to welcome CJ Mills to our Capital III Services team as our new Controller. As Controller, he’ll work with the accounting staff to communicate financials to Gary and managers of company departments.

 

CJ says he loves the tight-knit community feel at Capital III.

 

“There were a hundred of me at my previous job,” said CJ. “Here I have the opportunity to learn from Gary and implement processes to make things more efficient.”

 

He think his biggest challenge will be learning Syteline. While the platform is always changing, we think CJ is up for the challenge. Welcome to the team CJ.

 

Here are a few fun facts about CJ:

 

  • He and his wife Candace have and 18-month and eight-year-old son.  When he’s not working, he’s spending time with his family.

  • His wife works with homeless Veterans in Wichita. CJ says she has “passion for caring for people.”

  • He enjoyed riding motorcycles and spending time outdoors. His BIG dream is to explore the coasts on his motorcycle or play a PGA golf course.

  • His favorite food is pizza.

  • His family has a  humourous saying, “Why do it once, when you can do it twice,” if ever faced with starting a project again.

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Brandon Finkeldei

Solutions Architect

We are so excited to welcome Nicolas Lukone to our Electrex team as the Maintenance Facilities Supervisor. He’ll lead a dedicated team to ensure facilities and machines are in good working order at Electrex. He’s been on the job for a little over two weeks, so he’s still learning the ropes, but he says he’s excited to "figure out how everything works." Welcome to the team, Nicolas.

 

Here are a few fun facts about Aisha:

  • He is married, with three kiddos and an assortment of pets. He says simply, “They are my world,” and he is “happiest when I’m with my family.”

  • His favorite movie is the classic Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles.

  • If he could have any superpower, it would be super strength.

  • The Four C he resonates with most is Character because he feels “It’s the most important one.”
     

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INTERNAL TRANSITION

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Aisha Barahona Technical Production Specialist

Aisha Barahona is transitioning into the Electrex office, at least some of the time, after almost a year of remote work. She came on board to help with a translation project for the Mexico team last July and has been filling the gaps on blueprints, processes, and presentations as needed. Aisha appreciates the flexibility as she also spends time as a caregiver to her mom.

 

She says the 4C she connects with the most is Commitment.

 

“When I first moved to Kansas I thought I would embrace retirement,” Aisha recalls. “But I met Cody and the team and got involved with the things that were happening in Mexico. I got roped in emotionally. Commitment really is the value that means the most. It’s how I work.”

 

Thanks for being a valuable member of the team, Aisha.

 

Here are a few fun facts about Aisha:

  • Aisha is married to Nico Barahona, an essential team member of Electrex. They have two kids: a daughter who has her associate's degree and is starting at Emporia State and a son who just got out of the military and is joining the national guard in Texas.

  • She loves music and dancing.

  • She moved from California in 2018 and loves the beach.

  • She was once featured in a national brochure for Avon which was a huge accomplishment for an individual representative.

  • Her favorite motto is “If you fail, just try again.”

  • Aisha raises parakeets.

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SEAT KING CELEBRATES

The Wichita Prayer breakfast is an annual gathering sponsored by LEAD Wichita to bring together community leaders from faith, government, business, and non-profits to reflect on work, stewardship, and a unifying vision for the broader community. Capital III sent over a dozen employees to hear speakers encourage "brotherly affection" and being "diligent in work." 

 

The event was held again at the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center— but because it grew in size, Doc was removed from the room. A long-time partner at Hutchinson Correctional Facility, Al Ewert, was one of the featured speakers at this year's event.

A couple of notable messages that resonated with our team members: 

  • What we are is more important than what we do.

  • The least of us will often be the greatest of us.

  • Prayer will always lead us to the mission, but the mission will not always lead us to prayer. We must be careful.

  • ​Leadership matters. Faith matters. Friends matter.

  • Leadership really matters- anybody can be great because everyone can serve.

 

Reflecting on the event, A.J. Schoen, who works closely with residents at Hutchinson Correctional Facility, said that this is an event he looks forward to ever year.
 

"It's my favorite seminar by far," A.J. Schoen said. "Everyone has influence. This seminar helps energized me and gives me tools to help mentor others to be leaders."

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

 

HELLO NICK

His team says he is...

INNOVATIVE | PERSISTENT | A TEAM PLAYER

Leo Velazquez is the jack of all trades and has served several roles at Electrex before taking his role as a buyer. His team says he is the person to go to if you need to “get things done.”

On a day-to-day basis, Leo deals with “thousands of part numbers any given week to keep production flowing both in the US and Mexico.”

Leo says Electrex helped put him on a path that he never imagined.

“Electrex was the first place I saw myself as doing something that I could make a career of. I didn’t have this in mind when I started, but I had the opportunity to grow,” Leo said. “In the role I’m in now as a Buyer, every day brings changes and challenges. It’s just like life.”

His team says he embraces those challenges with “a good attitude” and manages “the tyranny of the urgent with Grace.”

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Four facts about Nick...

FAVORITE THING

I love music. I've been to around 200 Live Shows. It's something fun for me and my kids to do. I love the energy.

FIRST JOB

My first job was a busboy at a Chinese Restaurant. The discipline was different, but I learned a little about customer service and how the world worked.

WHAT 4C do you
Identify with?

I think CHARACTER is my strongest suit. A lot of team members will ask me for help and I like to show up. No excuses.

Do you have a
hidden talent?

I like to play guitar. I started when I was younger and every so often, I pick it up. I need to play more.

COMPANY TOURS

LEADERSHIP LIBRARY

The Leadership Library was designed as a resource for team members to grow. Each month, a book from the library is highlighted. To reserve this book or recommend another book, please contact Lauren Young

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Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say & Do

By Paul David Tripp

Humans are hardwired for awe. 

Our hearts are always captured by something―that’s how God made us. But sin threatens to distract us from the glory of our Creator. In Paul David Tripps' Awe, he expores how all too often, we stand in awe of everything but God. 

Uncovering the lies we believe about all the earthly things that promise us peace, life, and contentment, Paul Tripp redirects our gaze to God’s awe-inducing glory―showing how such a vision has the potential to impact our every thought, word, and deed.

HOW DO YOU SERVE OUR TEAM?

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PEOPLE DEPARTMENT

This is the continuation of a series where we get the opportunity to put a face to the crucial work that is performed in our company. Every job is critical to a well-functioning team.  

 

Each month we’ll be hearing from the men and women who serve our team in unique ways.

 

Josh Pearce leads the People Team as the Chief People Officer that serves Seat King, Electrex Inc., and Capital III. Josh helps set the tone for culture at the company and manages the team recruits and onboards employees. Josh helps administer the social and spiritual plans for the companies.

Let's hear directly from Josh, about how he serves our companies.

What makes your team a high-performance team? 

Our team trusts each other. We are not afraid to respectfully disagree, bring facts to bolster our arguments, and apply group intelligence to arrive at a consensus. We are all committed to a common goal, and we hold each other accountable to achieve results. We all strive to live out the Capital III culture - Honoring God, serving people, pursuing excellence, and stewarding resources. That kind of focused teamwork leads us to believe the best in each other, want the best for each other, and give our best to each other.

 

How has your team improved over the past year?

Like many other Capital III teams, there have been some changes - a natural thing for rapidly growing, successful companies. Even though team member changes create some short-term challenges, we each continue to grow in competencies and improve company processes. As each individual team member learns and grows, the team becomes that much more effective at working in and on the business.

 

What are the challenges for your team?

These are challenging times for each of us. Serving our internal and external customers while experiencing inflation, supply chain issues, and economic and social turmoil is not easy. In times like these, it is more important than ever to serve each other, rely on each other, and operate within the company culture. That foundation makes us stronger and will carry us through.

 

How can others best support you?

One of the biggest reasons this is a great place to work is because of the support and encouragement we provide to each other. Working every day to live up to our values creates a positive, fulfilling work environment. With that in place, there is nothing we can't accomplish together.

MARKETPLACE CHAPLAINS

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GENEROSITY RECIPIENT

HOPE RANCH FOR WOMEN

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Lauren Young  presents the Generosity Program gift to John Oelze in May.

Hope Ranch is another recipient of the Generosity Program for Quarter 1. Lauren met withe the Executive Director John Oelze to present him the $5,000 award that will be used to serve victims of human trafficking.

 

The donation from Capital III, Seat King, and Electrex will help empower women who have been exploited and abused. Hope Ranch serve this population through their faith-based equine-assisted therapy. They offer mentorship and a residential home so that women can heal at their own pace “from the physical, mental, and spiritual effects of exploitation.” 

Hope Ranch by the Numbers:

2,800,000 children live on the streets in the United States

33% of runaways are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving their homes 

25% of adult women have experienced sexual assault

 

IN THE COMMUNITY

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Capital III has recently learned about Camp David International, which is a camp with the expressed mission of serving the children of incarcerated individuals and children in foster care.

 

Camp David plans to serve 200 campers throughout the summer. In addition to typical summer camp activities, each camper will be gifted a handmade quilt, backpack, and more.

 

"It's an honor to partner with Camp David International and the work they are doing," Lauren Young said. "We're excited about the possibility of some of the residents' children being a part of this camp."

 

Another employee's quilting group helped spearhead a service project and call for quilts which were donated in early June. 

 

"It's amazing how many ways work and personal life intersect," Alana McWilliams said. "I was just excited for a child to know they would get something handmade, especially for them. It's just a bonus the quilt will potentially bless someone's family member we employ." 

 

Because of generous sponsors, campers are able to attend at no cost to the family. If you would like to sponsor a child, please contact Lauren Young.

 

Are you serving your community in unique and interesting ways? We'd love to hear about it and feature it in upcoming newsletters. Email us at connect@capitaliiii.com.

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SHARE YOUR
THOUGHTS

Is your team doing incredible things? Do you know someone you'd like to see featured in our employee spotlight? We want to hear from the team!

Email story ideas to connect@capitaliii.com.

 

COMPANY 
STORE

GROW WITH US

Have you recently learned another skill or completed a degree? Are you interested in another position? We are always looking to grow our team from within. Check out our job openings on career page. 

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REFERRAL PROGRAM

 

With the successful hire of your referral for a C3 Services, Electrex, or Seat King team member, you will receive $750 on the first paycheck after the new employee's first 30 days. At one year, you will receive another $750 with active employment.


To be eligible, please advise your referral to put your first and last name down on the application. Questions? Connect with Deidra K Vanderheiden, Talent Acquisition Recruiter at dvanderheiden@capitaliii.com or 620-899-0263.