In 2012, The Container Store experienced the sudden passing of a long-time and much-loved Distribution Center employee, Poncho Martinez, due to a car accident. To honor his memory, we established the Poncho Martinez “Air of Excitement” Award, because he always went above and beyond to live this Foundation Principle and inspire others to do the same! Each quarter, our Distribution Center employees vote on one team member that has best exemplified “Air of Excitement” by bringing the most enthusiasm and energy to their team.
Our most recent “Air of Excitement” award winner was one-year employee Lisa C. in the Special Processing Department. She was honored with the award in front of her peers and given a t-shirt, baseball cap, and other goodies as a thank-you.
What happened next is what makes Lisa so incredibly special – she chose to write a very heartfelt thank-you to her entire team, because she feels that it’s THEM who inspire HER every day – not the other way around. Read her sweet words below:
“It was such a blessing when I met employee Casie P., who recruited me to work at The Container Store. From the moment I walked in to apply, I was greeted by the Distribution Center Admin Team, who made the best first impression on me, because they were full of smiles as I walked in the door, and then very kind and caring as they helped me apply for a position. I knew that I really wanted to work at The Container Store that day when I realized that I didn’t want to leave after I had finished applying!
It was such a blessing that I was hired, and assigned to work in the Special Processing department. I like to call it the “Special People” department because each team member is so special to me. I want to thank the Special Processing team for letting “me be me” – which means that I can be myself and am accepted.
I had the opportunity recently to volunteer for overtime in the Inbound department – which is the team that unloads all of the large trucks that arrive at our warehouse. When they said they needed volunteers, I said “yes” without thinking twice – and then later realized that the job involved unloading 18-wheeler trucks. Working with this group was INCREDIBLE – this team unloads an average of 20-25 trucks per day, and it can be extremely hot inside the trailers. This is very hard and demanding work! I had no prior experience unloading trucks, but this team welcomed me with open arms, believed in me, and taught me what to do. Even though we were all working very hard, everyone continued to smile, to help me, and to say hello to each other as new people arrived, which inspired me to do the same! A big thanks to Inbound for what they do for our company. (And thanks for showing me the “10 feet” mark – which is a line painted on the inside of every truck trailer that shows you that you’re only 10 feet away from being done unloading – it’s a welcome sign that helped keep me going!)
I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank everyone I work with – from my Managers, to the Distribution Center Admins, and everyone in the Special Processing and Inbound departments. I feel like everyone here at The Container Store is my family and I can’t imagine working anywhere else!”
Lisa C., Distribution Center Special Processing, 1-Year