Meet the Tribe: Patricia BillupsPosted 08/29/17
Since The Ziegenfelder Company bought the Denver plant in 2014, Patricia Billups has worked in the freezer. She’s held each position in the department during her three years as a member of the Zieggy Tribe.
“I started at the bottom and worked my way up,” said Patricia, who is now the Freezer Supervisor. “The jobs in the freezer are not hard. You come in here, we train you, and you do what needs done. It’s really attitude. Anybody can do it with the right attitude. And if you can deal with the cold.”
Patricia’s positive attitude quickly kicked into high gear to assure everyone that battling the cold is no problem for the freezer crew.
“We’ll dress you from head to toe,” said Patricia. “You decide what you need to keep you warm. It just depends on how warm you want to be. In the stack room, it’s 30 degrees. And in the freezers, it’s minus 20 degrees. So most people like the stack room because it’s not as cold. But in the freezer, it’s cold and you put on layers.”
Fellow members of the Zieggy Tribe recognized Patricia’s dedication to her job in 2016 by nominating her for the RefrigiWear’s Warehousemen of the Year Award. As Freezer Lead at that time, she won the honor based upon important values such as leadership, productivity, ingenuity and attitude.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Patricia moved to the Denver area with her family when her father was transferred to a new location because of his job. Patricia was one of seven children while growing up. She has a daughter, three grandchildren, and one great grandson. Outside of work, you’ll find Patricia doing the same thing every Friday.
“I work a lot but I love my Friday because I love to dance,” said Patricia. “I take Fridays and go dancing. I like it all especially Hip Hop and R&B. I go to a club, get my exercise dancing one day a week.”