Employee Profile: Steinhafels Manager By Day, Country Star By Night!

We’re lucky at Steinhafels to be surrounded by wonderful coworkers with cool stories and various interests. When you have more than 800 people working for a company across 18 stores and two states, you’re bound to have some pretty interesting background stories!

While the main purpose of this blog is to share design trends, industry info, and community outreach… we also want to take the time to highlight employees who are making a difference, or have a unique story to tell.

One of those employees is Menomonee Falls-based Sales Manager Joell Powers. I recently learned that Joell lives a “double life” of sorts, and thought it would be cool to chat with her about that, and see how those worlds combine to make her an awesome Sales Manager.

Joell’s Double Life: Sales Manager By Day

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Country Star By Night!

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I always think it’s neat when people have interests outside of work that are vastly different from their work roles. While we spend 8+ hours a day at the office, in the warehouse, or in the store… it’s important to remember that we all have other skills and talents that make us a unique piece of the Steinhafels puzzle.

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Joell has been with Steinhafels for 4 years. She’s a Milwaukee native, and was recently promoted to Sales Manager. When she’s not working, you may see her onstage at a local festival or a local bar venue. She’s a singer for the local band Georgia Overdrive. They’ve already performed a few times at State Fair, and you have ONE MORE CHANCE TO SEE HER LIVE AT THE FAIR on Friday, August 11 at 11 a.m. at the Budweiser Pavilion Stage!!

Joell was kind enough to take a few minutes from her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her “double life.”

First off, briefly describe your role at Steinhafels.

As a sales manager, I focus on hiring new sales associates and coaching/training the staff to continue to reach for their goals. Overall, I help in any way possible to make our team stronger and help Steinhafels keep growing!

When did you begin singing/performing? What’s your vocal “specialty?”

The very first time I sang was actually at the State Fair, and I believe I was about 8 years old. It was at the Double K Ranch on karaoke night! I love to sing all types of music, but my main choice is country music. The band that I am currently with is Georgia Overdrive.

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By day you’re a retail manager, and night a country star! How are the two different? Similar?

Singing with a band is completely different from my job. I get to be silly and dance on stage and watch how people react to our performance. I did notice though that there are some similarities between singing and being a retail manager. My job is to make sure that people enjoy their experience, whether it’s listening to their favorite song, or getting delivery of their beautiful new living room set. As a singer, you are only as good as your band members. You must rely on them, and if we aren’t all on the same page, it will be a bad outcome. It’s the same thing with Steinhafels and working with the staff. We set goals and we work together to achieve them. I would be nothing without my band members or my sales associates!

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What do you like most about performing?

When I perform, I feel like I get to show a different side of me. I get to be a little kid again and just be goofy and dance. I remember dancing in my room singing in the mirror with my brush as my microphone. That’s all I’m really doing now, just with a real audience.

Are people surprised to learn you sing in a band?

So many people have come up to me and said, “I had no idea you could sing!” I laugh because it’s not something that I would ever bring up in conversation. I’m not just going to say, “Hey, did you know I can sing?” If I did, someone would probably say, “Sing something right now!” haha.

Is it cool to sing at State Fair?

Singing at the State Fair means the world to me. First off, it was the first place that I can remember ever singing in front of a crowd. Second, I’ve been going to the fair every year since I was little. My grandpa was part of the sheep shearing contests, and is actually in the Hall of Fame for it. You can see his name posted on a board in the sheep barn. (We are proud of that!) We’ve held family reunions there as well. Some might say that we are obsessed, but I just say we are passionate.

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Why should folks come out and see Georgia Overdrive at State Fair, and other local venues?

People need to come out to the State Fair because there is something there for everyone! You get to support local companies and farmers, eat great food, shop in the Expo Center, listen to all types of music, pet animals, go on rides… the options are endless! It’s a great time for all ages, and the best part is you get the enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin weather while doing all of that. Last thing I would say is to come out on Friday morning to see Georgia Overdrive perform at the Budweiser Pavilion. We’d love to see you, and hopefully get you out on the dance floor!

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I don’t know about you, but this post makes me want to get out of my desk chair and start dancing!

So… if you’re off Friday and looking for something to do, go ahead and get down to the Fair to see Joell let loose on stage. If not, you can check out the band’s future performance dates HERE.

Thanks Joell… for being a rockstar not only onstage, but also as a Steinhafels manager!

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Food Truck Thursday: Pig Tailz Owner Excited For Steinhafels Visit!

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in the food truck events at Steinhafels Corporate so far this Summer!

We’ve gone from BBQ to Burgers… and now, Tacos & Nachos. Pig Tailz MKE will be rolling in this Thursday, August 3 with all sorts of goodies on the go! Their slogan is Street Food by Street Chefs, because they enjoy cooking food that is both delicious and fast. As co-owner Jordan Stewart tells us, “What good is a food truck on the go, if it is not operating with both speed and precision?”  

The truck will be here from 11-1:30pm!!! 

Stewart says he is excited for this opportunity. He explains, “It allows us to connect with a different population of people who have never had the opportunity to taste our food. Pig Tailz may not be the super expensive food truck you are use to seeing, but our cooking skills and passion for food can be appreciated in every bite.  Between the two owners, there are over 30 years of food service experience. After taking a look at our menu, it will become clear that we enjoy creating food that is both delicious and always uniquely different.”

(All pictures courtesy of Facebook)

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Check out our special menu (Warning–Your mouth may start watering!!)

Mexican Steak Pita ($8.00)— Marinated Steak, lettuce, queso fresco cheese and pico served on a warm tortilla and drizzled with a Pig Tailz Chipotle sauce.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos (2 for $5.00)— Buffalo chicken, lettuce, shredded cheese and drizzled with ranch. Served flour on tortillas.

Braised Pork Tacos (2 for $5.00)—Braised Pork, BBQ sauce and southern coleslaw served on flour tortillas.

Steak Tacos (2 for $6.00)— Marinated steak, chimichurri sauce, queso fresco cheese and red onions served on flour tortillas.

D.T.E. Nachos ($7.00)—  Braised Pork, nacho cheese, giardiniera peppers, and a drizzle of BBQ sauce. Served on Tortilla Chips.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos ($7.00)— Buffalo Chicken, nacho cheese, giardiniera peppers, and a drizzle of ranch.  Served on Tortilla Chips.

The Rodeo ($5.00)— Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog topped with braised pork, BBQ sauce and grilled red peppers and onions.

El Chapo ($5.00)— Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog topped with pico, queso fresco cheese and drizzled with sriracha mayo.

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As usual, cash and credit card will be accepted.

A friendly reminder… This is not a company-sponsored event. Please punch in/out as you would normally do for your lunch break. Pig Tailz has been made aware that service needs to be as speedy as possible!

Folks on Facebook are raving about PigTailz! Check out what people are saying:

– “Best steak tacos of my life. First time having them was last night at 2am, might go back today for more!”

– “Yesterday you guys catered a car show my club held and not only was the food great but the service was AMAZING, the people working the tent all had great personalities, were helpful, and knew how to put food together in a way that resembled art. Also, I heard nobody complain about the food, prices, or portions. Keep up the good work!”

– “Outstanding tacos. Flavor explosion. Will definitely eat here again.”

– “Tried the pork, steak and buffalo chicken tacos… so awesome. Will definitely have it again when we come back to the Milwaukee area!!!”

See you outside on Thursday!

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UPDATE: Generosity Overflowing!!!

UPDATE:  The Back 2 School Bash was a great success!! Thanks to the generosity of Steinhafels employees and other community members, more than 200 kids received grade-appropriate backpacks, and had fun-filled weekend including music, roller skating, and games. Two kids also won bikes donated by Dreambikes!

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Wow… Steinhafels employees are super awesome :)

A few weeks ago some employees on the Waukesha Sales Team started their annual Back to School Drive.  The supplies will be distributed to inner city children at the 4th Annual Ms. Cynthia’s Back to School Bash.  What started as a grassroots effort has grown into a yearly event.

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As usual, employees have stepped up and donated pencils, markers, backpacks, etc.  Our employees have always been compassionate about the community, and are always willing to give back.

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But this year feels extra special.  In light of the recent events in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park Neighborhood, it seems more important than ever that we come together and support the children and families in our city.

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As you can see in these pictures, the backpacks are starting to overflow!!  Just imagine the looks on these kids’ faces when they open up their new bookbags full of awesome supplies (some of the big kids even get earbuds for their computers!)

The best part–it’s not too late to give!!  Katie and Cheri have more backpacks to fill, and if anyone wants to give money they can put it in the envelope on Katie’s desk in the store office.

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You can also show your support by coming out to the event!!  Ms. Cynthia’s Back to School Bash is Saturday August 27 from 11am-7pm, in the 2500 block of North 38th Street in Milwaukee.

Check out the original blog HERE

The new look of “Corporate” healthcare at Steinhafels

Steinhafels is proud to be a family-owned business known for providing quality home furnishings, mattresses, and home decor to families in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.  However, did you know Steinhafels is also at the forefront of new trends in Corporate Health and Wellness–thanks to our new on-site contracted physician!

Let’s take a step back for a minute and look at how the company’s healthcare plan has evolved through the years.  Steinhafels has had a Wellness Program for almost a decade–well before many other companies.  The Wellness Program includes perks like an on-site gym, in-house fitness programs, an on-site nurse, and group fitness challenges.

While the main focus is on the well-being of employees, Human Resources Manager Andrea Kokott explains having a Wellness Program also makes good business sense.  “If we can give really good quality care, and catch issues early, and have good preventative and wellness, we can maintain a really good benefit-level plan, without increasing cost to the employees.”

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With today’s sky-rocketing healthcare costs, everyone is feeling the pinch–both employers and their employees.  As patients, it can be frustrating when we have to wait days for a basic care appointment, and weeks to months for specialized care.  It makes you stop and think… there has to be a DIFFERENT way!

Steinhafels was determined to find that different way.  We contracted a Family Practice Physician who can see our medical plan participants and their dependents on-site.  We’re not saying this is necessarily better for everyone.  Some employees have specialized doctors, and we understand that.  But for many employees, it just makes sense!  We cut out the middle-man.  No more searching for a doctor in your healthcare plan.  No more waiting weeks to months for an appointment.

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As we mentioned, employees can see the doctor on-site in her consultation room, at our Corporate Center in Waukesha.  Patients can schedule an appointment and see a doctor right away… with no co-pay!!

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Sounds too good to be true, right?  As Kokott explains, it’s all about supplying the quality of care that our workers deserve.  “When people are ill and they just go to a walk-in urgent care, you have no history there, that person has never seen you before.  They don’t know you, you don’t know them.  You have no idea how much time they’re going to spend with you, if they are really going to do a thorough evaluation, or if it will be in and out.”

Steinhafels contracts with Dr. Jean Ibric.  Dr. Ibric is not a Steinhafels employee, but she says being here feels like she’s part of the family.  She also admits it’s a nice departure from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream medical business.  “It really lets me practice medicine the way I was trained to.  It lets doctors practice medicine the way they want to and the way they were trained to.”

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Dr. Ibric says she has wanted to be a doctor since she was in high school.  She explains, “I like to listen.  I can blend the love I have of science and biology and the human side of the science.  I’ve always loved both of those.”

Dr. Ibric has lived in the Milwaukee area for 25 years, and is married with 4 boys, ranging in age from 15 to 22!  She grew up in the Chicago area, and went to college and medical school at the University of Arizona.  She was an OB/GYN  for 7 years, did Family Practice for 10 years, and has been practicing corporate medicine for about 2 1/2 years.  She says she took the Steinhafels contract because she believes in the model.  “The dedication to the Wellness and concern for employees.  The care they show for the employees.  It’s a step beyond the money savings.”

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Dr. Ibric’s consultation room is designed to be very comfortable, private, and efficient.  Whether an employee has a simple earache, or goes in for a full medical exam, Dr. Ibric says no issue is too big or too small.  She says she would rather see patients than have them delay treatment.  “It will make for people being more productive.  If we take care of the issue they’ll have quicker attention, be back to work sooner.  It’s more preventative than traditional medicine.”

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At the end of the day, let’s admit it–no one LOVES going to the doctor.  We have been programmed to dread the office visit, dread the exam, and especially dread the co-pay or extra charges resulting from the visit.  Having an on-site doctor as part of our company’s medical plan takes away some of that anxiety, and hopefully makes employees feel even more comfortable coming to work.

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We encourage any employees who haven’t checked out Dr. Ibric’s office yet to come in and say hello!  To contact Dr. Ibric for an appointment, please call 262-278-4980 (Monday-Friday between 8:00am -5:00pm.)  She is also working on an online scheduling system.

Click HERE for an online gallery of pictures!