Paula Hunter joined TKXS as an intern in 2005 and has been “supporting people” ever since.
1. Describe your role at TKXS.
In my 14 years here, I feel as if I’ve had nearly every possible role! At a very high level, what I’ve always done is support our people, our business and our clients. For years, I've been the customer operations manager, and now, I'm transitioning into a new opportunity in human resources and am really loving it!
2. What drew you to this business?
I grew up on a farm in eastern North Carolina. I always wanted to work in agriculture, but I also wanted to work in an office environment. I majored in ag business at NC State, and my very first job out of school was right here. It was like I’d already accomplished a lifelong dream – agriculture and air conditioning! Seriously, I joined the company as an intern, and in the interview process, I knew immediately that this is where I wanted to be. I’ve grown up with this company. I’ve gotten married, bought my first home, and started a family, all while working here. I’ve never wanted to be anywhere else. This place is like family.
3. What advice do you wish you’d been given early in your career?
John Maxwell, a bestselling author, coach and speaker, says, Find your vision, and let it guide you in all that you do … Draw on your natural gifts and desires. I think if I’d heard that earlier in my career, I might have understood much sooner that my natural gift is supporting people. That’s what I’m good at and what I enjoy. I wish I’d realized that sooner.
4. What do you want people to know about TKXS?
TKXS is a place where you can learn and grow – and when I say that, I’m not just talking about our employees. I’m talking about our customers, as well. When we understand each other, not just professionally, but personally, we have unlimited opportunities for reaching our potential together.
5. If we had a billboard outside our offices, what would it say?
Work hard, team up, be awesome. It’s a message that’s relevant to our employees and our clients. We work hard to make things better, and we enjoy doing it.
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