Every month on the blog, we highlight an SFBFS staff member to give you a peek inside SFBFS’ operations and the people who make the organization run!
This month’s featured staff member is Ken Smith, Transportation Manager:
1. What’s your favorite thing about working at SFBFS?
The people who work here who believe in the “what, why and how”, of what we do. And, I think we all really try to make SFBFS a place where you want to come to work every day. I have described the environment as, relaxed focused energy. A light saber in the hands of a Jedi.
2. What does a typical workday at SFBFS look like for you?
A typical workday is being a part of my favorite thing at SFBFS; working with my team, partnering with other departments and leaders. And in everything we do, keeping a focus on how is this going to help us in our mission. I lead an incredible team in the Transportation Department at Food Bank Services. Professionals who believe in that “what, why and how”. Our daily objective is to safely and efficiently move our food donations from donors to Food Bank Services and to partner agencies. We work closely with our partners in Operations, Food Resources, and Agency Relations every day. And together, we make it happen and have a great time doing it. Even when it is really…really tough to get done.
3. What inspires you in supporting the SFBFS mission and culture?
I’m inspired by the way we as an organization and team members, really do live out our mission in our daily work. Everything we do truly has an impact on our mission. And it is really great to see it happen in person. To see how our work touches someone’s life.
4. What is your favorite pastime?
Pretty much anything with my wife. Even shopping; seriously, I have liked clothes and shoe shopping with her for as long as I can remember. We have a group of really close friends we always enjoy spending time with. I’m trying to play golf and really enjoy that now.
5. What is your favorite fruit or veggie and why?
Fruit: Bananas or strawberries in ice cream. Because “almost” anything is good with ice cream.
Veggies: What is this “veggie” you speak of? Not a big fan of the vegetable. But I’m starting to like roasted Brussels sprouts and some veggies wrapped in bacon. Because almost anything is good with bacon.