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Tidbit Thursday – Do It Yourself (DIY) Doorknob Necklace Display with the Spot Shot™ Roller

Do It Yourself – Doorknobs Necklace Display Using Spot Shot™ Roller

Simply put we can’t have enough jewelry, whether we prefer necklaces, bracelets or rings. However, in order to follow the latest jewelry fashion keeping our jewelry boxes organized can become quite the problem. No one wants to rummage and sift through a jewelry box to find that one specific piece of jewelry that often times once it’s found its tangled with many knots. The solution is a nice and tidy organizer that will look great in any room and won’t take up too much space.

If you finally want your jewelry organized and get a nice decor piece at the same time, then follow the instructions below to learn what you need and how you can make your own Doorknobs Necklace Display.


Items Needed:


Project Instructions:

Step 1 - Remove Cap

Step 1 – Remove Cap from Wood Stain bottle.

Step 2 Attach the Spot Shot - Precision Roller

Step 2 – Attach the Spot Shot™- Precision Roller 

Step 3 Squeeze Onto Untreated Wood

Step 3 – Squeeze Onto Untreated Wood

Step 4 - Saturate Roller With Stain and Apply

Step 4 – Saturate Roller With Stain and Apply

Step 5 - Allow For Wood To Dry

Step 5 – Allow For Wood To Dry

Step 6 - Insert Doorknobs

Step 6 – Insert Doorknobs

Step 7 - Completed.

Step 7 – Completed.


Spot Shot™ Roller

This Doorknob Necklace Display was completed with the MILSPRAY™ Spot Shot™ Roller, which is available for purchase online at HomeDepot.com.

Benefits:

Quick and easy paint touch-up
Patented roller technology
Storage cap for convenient paint storage – no need to store old paint cans for touch-up

Includes: 1 bottle, 1 roller attachment and paint storage cap

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Winning With Women Wednesday: Purposeful Leadership – The Importance of Being a Mentor

 

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Last week we interviewed Aixa Lopez, an Industrial Engineer and Marketing Professional with twenty-three (23) years of experience in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, supply-chain, public works, construction, business development, and marketing. Recently, Aixa has written an article based on her personal professional experience on why it is important to be a mentor and wanted to share it with our audience.


Since the beginning of my career, I’ve had mentors. I never asked for one, but, fortunately, my supervisors always decided to give me advice on how to improve certain aspects of my professional life. I guess they felt that I was open to it and it was worth the effort.

I will never forget the day I had my first professional interview at a manufacturing company in Puerto Rico. I had to meet with five (5) different managers. They were interviewing recent college graduates for Production Supervisory positions they had available. The company was undergoing a re-engineering process and they wanted to hire junior engineers to help streamline processes and maximize productivity. I was selected by a very refined, yet extremely straight-forward Cuban-American manager. He said to me, “I chose you because although you seem extremely shy, you also seem to have great potential“. That was the beginning of a mentoring process that at that moment I did not see coming.

I was assigned to work the third shift (10:00 pm to 6:00 am). However, every morning after my shift ended, he wanted me to stay around for meetings and conference calls with the company headquarters located in the United States.  His goal was for me to practice my English language skills, work on my confidence, and learn more about the business. Every time we had one of those conference calls I felt like I was about to die. I had headaches, dizziness, and stomach pains.

Once, he said to me even when I was doing a terrific job balancing production lines and implementing productivity measuring tools, nobody knew who I was. He indicated that it was extremely important for me to network with the other managers. That suggestion caused me a lot of stress. I could not understand why I needed to talk to anyone else. I was doing my job well, production output was good, I was even implementing tools to measure production efficiency; so to me, this was mean and unnecessary. However, pushing myself to follow his recommendation helped me in becoming promoted very quickly to the first shift and also to be in consideration for a new position as master production planner helping the company to successfully implement a plant-wide supply-chain system.

Like him, I’ve had many supervisors and colleagues who have provided mentoring advice. It has not been in a formal fashion where you meet purposely to discuss a working plan, yet it has been consciously done. It is very difficult to provide advice when none has been requested; however if you have the opportunity to mentor someone, do not let that opportunity pass. Mentoring is a two-way street and it benefits both the mentor and the mentee.

Here are some key points on how to become a mentor:

  1. Observe and Listen. Observing how people perform and what they say is a good way to identify potential in someone. Usually, people who are introverts also have great performance. These types of people usually associate success with end-results. What they don’t realize is the importance of verbal communication and networking. If you see someone that seems slightly introverted: talk to that person, ask about her/his interests, let her/him know that if they need information or guidance, you are more than willing to help.
  2. Suggest extra-tasks. Most of the things I have done in my professional life and have been outside of my comfort zone, have been assigned to me as extraordinary tasks. I had no choice but to take on those responsibilities. My supervisors would say: “I need you to do this” or “you will be involved in or leading this project“.  They also highlighted that if I had questions or needed any support, not to hesitate to ask for it. They reinforced their confidence in my abilities to get the job done. Actually, one time, one of them said to me “I have more faith in you than you have in yourself. Go and get that job done!“. It was such an eye opener for me that I’ve never forgotten that moment. 
  3. Performance reviews are a great tool to provide honest and well-intentioned feedback. Utilize performance reviews not only to go over end-results and new goals but also to discuss potential projects, areas of improvement, and how you can help that person make progress. You can also discuss and suggest other areas of work, lateral career moves, social activities, and potential professional organizations.

 

Being a mentor is a great privilege but also a huge responsibility. You can really have an impact on people’s careers and on the performance of the organization. I am convinced that employees feel more accountable and productive when they know and feel the organization cares about them.

I will always remember when I was a production supervisor and I had to convince people to work overtime. I always helped my employees on whatever they needed. I was always available to talk to them. Therefore, whenever the company needed them to work extra time, they always said that because I had been there for them, they were going to be there for me. I truly believe in leading by example.

As leaders, we need to have a commitment to continuous improvement. Sometimes we want the glamour of a job position and the money associated with it but we don’t want the greater purpose that goes with it.

Mentors are life-long friends, people that end up knowing you and being part of your success and your journey. My mentors are people that I truly feel grateful for and will forever be connected to.

Pass your knowledge to others. Teach and share your experiences. Connect with others on a deeper level. That’s part of being a leader. Go for it!


 

Aixa LopezAixa is an Industrial Engineer and Marketing Professional with twenty-three (23) years of experience in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, supply-chain, public works, construction, business development, and marketing. She enjoys writing about topics related to leadership, performance, and continuous improvement and how to apply industrial engineering concepts to regular life.

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Tech Tuesday: Australian Capital Government Wants to Be 100% Renewable by 2025

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has set a 100% renewable energy target for 2020. Image: Nick-D, Wikimedia Commons.

It’s Tech Tuesday and the government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is looking to try and reach 100% renewable energy generation by 2025.

This goal was announced by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister, Andrew Barr over the weekend at the ACT Labor Party Conference.

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MILSPRAY™ to Exhibit Scorpion Energy Hunter™ at the Joint Service Power Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio

Brian Feser, President & CEO

Brian Feser, President & CEO

MILSPRAY‘s Chief Executive Officer and President is Brian Feser. Feser is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with 28 years of service. He previously served as Vice President of International Business Operations for Textron Systems. Before being promoted, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Textron Marine & Land Systems and concurrently served as the Director of Afghanistan Operations.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He holds a Certificate in Communications and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as a Certification in Law Enforcement from the University of Virginia. Brian is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He also earned his certificate in Executive Protection from ASIS.

Peder Cox, VP of Business Development

Peder Cox, VP of Business Development

Mr. Cox has over 40 years of both national and international experience in the field of Logistics and Transportation Management. He is a retired U.S. Army officer with a broad span of experience in all areas of logistics management, from the strategic to tactical levels, command and control, United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and Logistics Support and also Security Operations.

Previously he worked for 2 years for Ecolog International as their head of Business Development and Program Support and for 12 years for DynCorp International in all areas ranging from establishing global support operations to running their international recruiting operations and for the last 4 years as a Director of Business Development.

He attended the United States Military Academy and currently holds a B.S., in History from Campbell University and an M.A. in History from the University of Alabama.

Contact:

Peder Cox
VP, Business Development
Cell Phone: (US) +1-215-813-7300
Cell Phone: (SA) +27-72-3589723
Office Phone: 732-886-2223
pedercox@milspray.com

Joe Gerschutz

Joseoh Gerschutz, Director of Engineering

Joseph Gerschutz is MILSPRAY’s Director of Engineering. Gerschutz has been with the company since 2011, specializing in alternative energy systems for military and commercial applications. His work at MILSPRAY includes product development and program management of hybrid renewable energy systems, energy storage systems, and electric vehicle development. With over 10 years of professional experience, his previous work includes developing fuel cell vehicles in a partnership between General Motors and the U.S. Army, as well as work on other major automotive OEM research and development teams.

Joseph received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton, and holds a Master of Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Contact:
Joseph Gerschutz
Director of Engineering
Office Phone: 732-886-2223
Fax: 732- 886-2250
josephgerschutz@milspray.com


Brian Feser, MILSPRAY’s CEO & President along with team members, Peder Cox and Joseph Gerschutz will be exhibiting our renewable energy system the Scorpion Energy Hunter™ at the Joint Service Power Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio from August 24-27, 2015. 

Scorpion Energy Hunter

Renewable energy sources are transforming our military’s dependence on fossil fuels and inspiring new technologies for clean energy that effectively reduces our impact on the environment.

Most renewable energy systems are developed with a precise location in mind and then designed for optimal harvesting potential for that specific location. That works well for buildings or traditional brick and mortar structures on a military base, but it presents a serious challenge for Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) and Main Operating Bases (MOBs).

To learn more about our Scorpion Energy Hunter™: Click Here

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Follow Friday: Celebrating Those Who Care

It’s Follow Friday and today we want to share with you organizations who are currently on the ground and are making a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

Top 3 Follow Friday Twitter Accounts

  1. @Refugees – This is the official account of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They provide vital aid and protection to the forcibly displaced around the world.
  2. @UNICEF – This is the official account for UNICEF. They promote the rights and wellbeing of every child in 190 countries and territories, with a special focus on reaching those in greatest need.
  3. @Voices4Refugees – The “Voices for Refugees” initiative created by the UNHCR to team up with people in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and around the world to keep the hopes of refugees alive.

We want to know if you have any organizations that should be added to this list. Be sure to add them in the comments box below.

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