Employee Spotlight: The Clark Kent of Grid Connect

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 16, 2015 9:55:30 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Budd Justice, Employee Spotlight, General, Grid Connect, shipping

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Grid Connect-5734In a very special Employee Spotlight, we have chosen to spotlight Budd Justice for a second week with a very nice blog post, written by his partner-in-crime in the shipping department, Mary Miller.

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Clark Kent has met his match. The real “Superman” is alive and well and working at Grid Connect. He’s a behind-the-scenes superhero and his name is Budd Justice.

Budd heads up our shipping department, which, with our growing business is reason enough to be called superman. Budd does this at the impressive age of 82! He puts in a full day, usually standing for most of it. He inspires me every day with his stamina, wit, and attitude. His work ethic is amazing and he rarely complains. Most of his complaints are for more work! It is a demanding, strenuous job at times that Budd handles with care and diligence. Most days he is processing 40-50 shipments a day.

Being of an older generation, technology and innovation is not always welcomed. But, Budd manages to learn and master each new process and system that comes along. This old dog learns new tricks all the time. I think that keeps him young.

I have learned from working with Budd the following keys to staying young:

  • Always keep moving. Don’t give up on things, learn to adapt to your situation.
  • Don’t be afraid to learn and try new things.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Budd says: “The only people who don’t make mistakes are the people who don’t do anything.”
  • A cheerful tune/whistle is a good work companion.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Next time you receive a shipment from Grid Connect, you can know that is was carefully processed for you by a living, breathing superhero.

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Employee Spotlight: Budd Justice, Shipping

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 2, 2015 4:37:23 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Budd Justice, Employee Spotlight, General, Grid Connect, NET485, shipping

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Budd is the lifeblood of Grid Connect. Literally. Being the father of President, Mike Justice, engineer, Steve Justice and the grandfather of Vice President, Adam Justice, he is an important part of the community here.

Grid Connect-5734After Budd retired about 17 years ago, he started working with Mike at what was then called Synergetic Micro Systems. In 2003, when Grid Connect was spit out of Lantronix, Budd was a part of the team of five that worked for six months without pay to get the company off the ground. “It was the only time in my life I was ever unemployed.” Says Budd laughing, “But after that, the company grew in leaps and bounds. When Glenn and Mike developed the NET485 our order list exploded, and it’s been growing every year since.”

Before joining the Grid Connect team, Budd worked for 30 years at a chemical company. In that time he worked multiple jobs, including field engineer, salesman and product manager. Now he manages all of Grid Connect's orders, boxing and shipping every purchase that comes in. “We only hire a certain caliber of person here,” Budd said when asked about his job, “it makes the place have a great atmosphere.”

Budd loved volleyball when he was younger, and even played on the Illinois National team for seniors until he was 65.

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