Sales Manager, Bob Jurhs, leads the way for United Foodservice Solutions’ brand evolution and expansion. Learn about Bob’s career journey and passion for company culture in this week’s Employee Spotlight.
What is your role at United Foodservice Solutions?
“I am responsible for maintaining and expanding existing customers, as well as reaching out to new customers.”
Before working at United Foodservice Solutions, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
“Before UFS I was in law enforcement for 11 years.”
How did you first learn about United Foodservice Solutions?
“I met Aaron (UFS President) at the police academy many years ago. When he asked if I wanted to come aboard, there was only one answer: absolutely. I was excited about coming to work for a good friend at a company that puts family first and rewards hard work.”
What do you like most about your job?
“Aaron and I worked a very stressful, mentally taxing job for many years together. It was hard for me to leave law enforcement; but coming over to UFS to work for Aaron, who ‘speaks my language’ has been nearly seamless. It has been the best move I could have possibly made for me and my family.”
What career lessons have you learned while at United Foodservice Solutions?
“The private sector is way different, and way better, than the public sector. Don’t get me wrong, I was proud to serve others in my previous life. However, life without red tape runs much more smoothly. Relationships are invaluable, and are the key to success in our industry. Success is directly proportional to work/effort.”
How has your career developed over the years?
“UFS is always willing to get me any training or equipment I need to do my job the best I can. I started in the parts department, moved to service and finally into sales. I have been given all the tools I need along the way to be successful.”
How has United Foodservice Solutions changed since you first started?
“We have grown a few positions and changed a few positions. Aaron has brought the business into the 21st century, so to speak. We had a fledgling in-house service department when I started that has now become the envy of the distributor network. This is due, mostly, to our OUTSTANDING service technicians, but also solid leadership from Aaron. When I started we had a haphazard website and no service software. Now our technicians use a web based service program, as opposed to hand writing service tickets. This is just a few of the many moves.”
What are your hopes for your industry?
“I hope the industry continues to thrive and grow. I’ve heard it said that our industry is ‘recession proof’. Regardless of the state of the economy, people continue to love fried chicken. I mean, can you blame them?”
What advice do you have for prospective candidates?
“Our workplace is better than yours, guaranteed. Seriously though, you won’t find a more flexible, helpful, caring company to work for. If you show up, do your work the best you can, care about customers and coworkers, you will be taken care of.”
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
“When I have time I like to hunt and fish and attend my kids’ various sporting events.”
How do you balance your career and family?
“I just do. I work when I need to, but it is never demanded of me (I mean outside business hours).”
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Bob. If you are interested in our culture and would like to join the team contact us today: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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