Play Hard, Work Harder
“I’ve been going to this boxing gym…”, Rick explains.
The next thing I heard, there was a company event and we’re all heading to the gym on Wednesday! Having not done any real exercise in months, I was dreading the approaching gym day. Then the time finally arrived. Being perpetually early as I like to be, I found myself dressed out waiting for Rick to lead me there. I didn’t need that, but I wanted him too. I needed to be led there, to be shown this was a place ran by a human and not some tyrannical gym ninja that wanted me to dance to La Macarena. We wrapped up our knuckles and started running around the bags. I was winded in minutes. I was unable to finish all of the exercises, but I didn’t quit.
At the end, I felt nauseated. I had pushed myself a little too far. As a found myself hugging the cold cynderblock wall, catching my breath, I looked over to find Rick. Pounding his bag with right and left hooks, he seemed unphased by the regimen. I thought to myself, I want to be more like him.
Leaders in any field are a somewhat common thing. Good leaders are more rare. Great leaders are as mythical as a unicorn, although they do exist. Then there’s Rick, Derek, and John. A near perfect trifecta of experience, wisdom, practicality, and vision. Together, they make up the management team that guides the helm of our business. They understand what work-life balance actually is. I am surprised nearly everyday by their compassion and understanding, especially with someone who’s as eccentric as myself.
My name is Jonah Youngblood. I work with technology and I’m going back to the gym. Thanks for leading the way Pinnacle. I had to walk through the metaphorical door, but it sure helped having someone there to show me where and how to find it. When you’re browsing through your automotive job listing, look for what they give back. Do they spend time training? Do they care about your success? I’m not sure about the others, but I know Pinnacle does.
From left to right:John Hornbeck – CFO, Brittany Hipple – Regional Recruiter, Jayne Roque – AP/AR Manager, Emily Hussin – HR Specialist, Carl Gardner – Corporate Sales Director, Jason Hamilton (lower) – Regional Director, Rachel Holland – Director of Finance, Rick Sorrells – CEO, Jonah Youngblood – IT Manager
Like the Sorrells but with more tech…