Employee Spotlight - Andrew Smiley
There are a lot of folks that work behind the scenes at Canal Junction that keep things running smoothly. Over the next few weeks I'm going to spotlight some of the stellar staff from Summer 2016.
First we have Andrew Smiley. Andrew has been with us since 2012 and has brought many skills to the table. He's a great mechanic and has a very good handle on operating machinery. When he first started here, his main focus was on feeding and watering the laying hens and packaging eggs. As time went on, he was involved in a multitude of projects from chores, building repairs and maintenance, tractor driver for many purposes, mechanic, truck driver, and so much more. We were all sad to see Andrew leave this fall, but are looking forward to having him here as his schedule allows during his travel breaks....and we're beginning a campaign to have him back at Canal Junction for summer 2017!!
Name: Andrew Smiley
Where are you in life (high school [grade], college, in between, not in school, etc): I graduated from Bob Jones University in 2016 with a degree in Christian Ministries. I currently travel around the country on an evangelistic team, performing music and hosting outreaches in churches.
Why did you apply to work at C/J: During my junior year of high school I needed money to pay for new golf clubs, and C/J was close to my house.
What has been the most challenging job here: After a bad storm in the summer of 2012, was the most challenging time that I have had on the farm. The days leading up to the storm the temperatures were in the 100’s. The storm went through and knocked out the power for around five days. So a combination of heat, no electricity, and cleaning up from the storm damage made it very challenging.
What do you enjoy the most about working here, or most enjoyable job here: The mission of the farm is something I am on board with. Providing natural goods to friends and families is a neat experience. Knowing the owners’ hearts for what they do, and working along side of them, makes it easier to come to work everyday.
Your goals and aspirations (career, etc.): I want to be involved in some sort of ministry spreading the Gospel to the lost world around us. One of my biggest interests is drag racing, and I have a burden for the people involved in this sport. Growing up around cars and mechanics, I want to use my experience to start a ministry to this crowd.
What motivates you: Knowing that my efforts are making a difference is a great motivation. Whether they are small mundane tasks or great accomplishments, seeing the end result keeps me going. Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, determined, easygoing. If you could live anywhere, where would it be: I don’t have a specific location where I would like to live, though I would prefer it be a warm climate, as long as I am near family and friends.
Motto or Personal Mantra: “Anything in life that is worth doing is worth overdoing” I don’t remember who said this, but it is great motivation. If we find something in life that matters, we should pursue it with all our effort.
I’m happiest when: I am happiest when I am spending time with family and friends. Being around the people I love are some of my best memories.
What do you fear the most: I fear failure the most. No matter what I do, I always want to be the best at it.
Favorite sports, pastimes, or hobbies: One of my favorite things to do is to work on cars with my dad. Spending time with him and accomplishing a task at the same time brings me great joy. I also enjoy watching the Buckeyes, Indians, Cavaliers, and NHRA drag racing.
Favorite meal or food: My favorite food would have to be a good burger. All of the different combinations and toppings you can add make it a food that is never gets old.