Meet the Tribe: Jamie SharpPosted 10/09/17
It’s difficult to count the number of hats worn by Jamie Sharp during her 16 years of working at The Ziegenfelder Company. She described a workplace that showcases coworkers who all pitch in to get the job done.
“When I started, there were just two ladies in the front office, an office manager and Mr. Lando, the owner,” said Jamie. “With the exception of payroll, I’ve done every other job there is. I’ve done accounts receivable, accounts payable, logistics for 4 years, and purchasing. When I first started, I had to fill up the pop machine. I even handled coupons and processing them. It was very small. You knew everyone in the plant. It didn’t matter if you were in the office or where you worked in the company. You knew everyone. You saw everyone.”
Many of the changes Jamie witnessed happened when the company grew in size. The Ziegenfelder Company kept its headquarters in Wheeling, West Virginia while company leaders chose to expand by building plants in Denver, Colorado and Chino California. Advice from Jamie could be applied at all three locations.
“Ask questions!” said Jamie. “If something doesn’t make sense, ask why that’s done. There may be a reason that the person is not aware of. At the same time, always look for fresh eyes because things change. Don’t just go change something. Ask first. Understand the whole process. If you understand the whole process, it makes your piece of what you do more rewarding.”
The most rewarding part of life can be seen in the pictures Jamie shared on Facebook and through email. Jamie’s family grew during her time working at The Ziegenfelder Company. Jamie has been married to her husband Kenny for 18 years. They have two daughters, Alyssa and Brooke.
“This year, our new venture involves our camper,” said Jamie. “We just bought it in the spring and used it to go to Bark Camp in Belmont County. We intend to take it on several trips next year.”
“I like crafts a lot,” said Jamie. “I usually shop for Halloween and Christmas decorations! That’s my time of the year!”