GC: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your life growing up?
KM: I grew up in Minnesota within the Gibbon/ Winthrop area on a farm with my family, and I am the youngest of three girls. I am very close with my family- my father and uncle farm together, and the majority of my family still live in the surrounding area. I enjoy spending time with my family and I have an 8-year-old son that keeps me very busy!
GC: Tell us a little about your family.
KM: I have a great family with my husband, Matt, and my intelligent, kind and active 8-year-old son, Lincoln. Since I remained in the Gibbon/Winthrop area, I love the idea that my son is able to go to the same school district that I did. We love the small town life with our family close by. My husband is a Project Manager for a national IT/Infrastructure company and has the luxury of working from home. We were fortunate enough to purchase the same house that my great grandmother lived in, and over the years have remodeled to make it our own home.
GC: How did you come to work at Guidecraft?
KM: I was working in the twin cities area and looking to move back to Winthrop and purchase my great-grandmother’s house. I saw an ad from Guidecraft in the paper and applied for a warehouse position for them, but with my background in computers I was offered a position within the EDI department instead.
GC: How would you describe your position?
KM: I am the Director of IT and Distribution. On a daily basis, I work closely with the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Department and our distribution staff. The EDI Department is the computer-to-computer exchange of business documents in a standard electronic format between business partners, so it’s easier to send information such as inventory feeds, purchase orders and invoices to our trading partners. I also manage all IT projects, technical issues and work on how we can improve the technology within Guidecraft.
GC: What is your favorite experience working at Guidecraft so far?
KM: I have been working at Guidecraft going on 10 years, so it is amazing seeing the growth within Guidecraft internationally and how we’ve progressed within my time here.
GC: What has been your proudest professional moment so far?
KM: I’m most proud of all of the changes and upgrades to Guidecraft’s technology to help our employees and business grow as a whole. We have implemented a significant amount of technology changes within our company. I am currently working with many of the Guidecraft staff on transitioning our company to a new cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System that will be accessible via the web. In addition, we have established a barcoding and wireless network system in the Minnesota warehouse, which has been a huge change as well.
GC: I hear that you are an EMT. Could you tell me a little about how you became one?
KM: I am a volunteer EMT in Winthrop, and also a casual EMT for Allina in New Ulm. I cherish the fact that I get to help others out in need. I also enjoy being an EMT as well as learning about the medical field. I have always like the science and medical fields, so this was my way to volunteer within my community and give back.
GC: What is some advice you would give someone who wants to go into a similar field?
KM: Always follow your dreams and think outside the box.