Strong Female Leaders Call ASHCOR Home
This International Women’s Day we are celebrating the strong, hard-working and intelligent women of ASHCOR. Jessie King, ASHCOR President; Katie Belz; Financial Controller, Treasa Bonnell, Procurement and Inventory Manager; Jordan Triplett, Accounting Manager; and Haylie Curry, Sales Manager; all bring essential assets to ASHCOR and we could not continue to build a successful organization without their contributions.
Our female team members give a look into what daily life is like as a working woman, specifically in a field that is predominantly male. Haylie considers meeting customers and others within the industry to be a highlight of her job, and finding solutions to their challenges gives her great satisfaction. At ASHCOR she has been respected and welcomed into the industry, and she finds working with men to be efficient thanks to their direct nature.
“I see advancements being made for other women working in similar industries,” says Haylie. “It is refreshing to see far more female roles in engineering and procurement than I expected to see.”
To Jordan, being a strong, working woman means that she can be self-reliant. She believes this comes with having security in who you are as a person, your goals and what you want in your life. As she recently began a new role within ASHCOR, she is open to learning everything about her new position and feels supported by her coworkers daily.
“There will be challenges entering any new job, no matter if it is in a predominantly male field or not,” says Triplett. “It is important to be adaptable and an eager learner.”
Katie has spent many years in this industry and she, like many women, has experienced instances when male customers questioned her decision-making because of her gender. She has used these instances to motivate her, and she continues to offer top-notch customer service no matter the circumstance.
“I am fortunate enough to work for people who will support my decisions and who trust my judgment,” says Katie. “I learned over time that being confident about my decision-making skills and not doubting myself is a trait that others pick up on and respect.”
Katie wants to help all women achieve this confidence in the workplace, and believes all women and men can come together to pour this mindset into others and create a culture of strong working women.
Treasa also feels the support of the ASHCOR team and is motivated to continue to work diligently to move the company forward. She emphasizes that she is surrounded by respectable men and women who she can count on, and they have her back as well. Treasa plans to continue growing with ASHCOR and do her best to show that as a woman, you can work just as hard as a man, if not harder.
Jessie, the President and Co-Owner of ASHCOR, stays current on information pertaining to every department within her field. This is her favorite part of her job because it is challenging and allows her to understand and prioritize department needs. It also helps when it comes to recognizing, encouraging and facilitating employee ideas and working with her team to implement finalized concepts.
“I have found that my colleagues are wonderful people and truly want to see their female counterparts succeed,” says Jessie. “I have been blessed to work alongside and receive mentorship from many wonderful people. My advice to other women? When you encounter people who only see you as a female, ignore them. Determination and conquering self-doubt are keys to success, not matter what challenges you face.”
Jessie plans to continue working toward achieving a more balanced ratio of females and males on the ASHCOR team and provide opportunities for growth within the company. ASHCOR celebrates their female employees today and every day – the team would not be complete without the key assets each member brings to the table.