Employee Spotlight: Mackenze MundenTuesday, February 5th, 2013
At Apex Facility Resources, we believe that our greatest strength is our people. We are proud of our dedicated team of unique and talented employees, who enact Apex values to deliver the right workspace every day.
One Apex team member is featured in the Smarter Workspace blog each month. Read on to meet Mackenze Munden, Asset Specialist, and learn more about your workspace transition partner.
Mackenze, what is your role at Apex and how long have you been with the company?
I’ve been at Apex for nearly five years. I started out with an onsite crew for one of Apex’s biggest clients, doing moves/adds/changes (MAC), and made my way to the Apex warehouse where I am now.
As an asset specialist, I work closely with the warehouse and operations team to fulfill client requests for their workplace assets. This ranges from pulling a pallet stocked with crayons off the warehouse racks, so they could be delivered to the client, to prepping medical equipment (incubators, hospital beds, etc.) for a move to the client’s facility.
How do you keep track of all this stuff?
I use Apex’s SnapTracker tool to know what the client has stored in the warehouse, and where to find it. It’s a really easy tool to use on my end and on the client’s end. Makes my work much easier and much faster to do.
Sounds like a lot of work. How do you de-stress?
I go fishing nearly every weekend. I don’t watch a lot of TV. I don’t watch movies. I don’t go out too often. The one thing I absolutely love in my life is fishing.
I got hooked when I was younger. Over the years, I’ve learned to fish from the shore, in rivers and in boats. A few years ago, I bought a drift boat — you know, just a little thing that floats around. Now my buddy and I drag that thing over to the Olympic Peninsula nearly every weekend. We’ll float down a river and fish all day, rain or shine.
What species of fish do you like to catch?
Definitely steelhead. They’re tough to catch, which turns fishing into a game, and at times you really have to fight with them to catch them. Sometimes, I’ll wait all day to catch something — literally all day — and then a steelhead will come along and take a bite. Totally worth all those hours I spend waiting for my catch.
So, is there a trick to catching steelhead?
Yes. You have to go fishing during steelhead season and head to the rivers they’re hanging out in. This may sound really silly, but a couple of years ago, I learned about custom casting rods that are made for particular fish species and for particular rivers to account for river widths, depths and river flow. It’s crazy — there’s a fishing rod for every single fish species and every river you can think of. I’ve collected a few, and they’re great. I’m not sure if the rods have helped or if I’ve just become a better fisherman from fishing so much, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have the rods around.
When it’s freezing and pouring outside, what lures you out to the river to fish?
The serenity. The nature. There’s no one around you. There’s no cell reception. The nature surrounding these rivers brings you a peace of mind unlike any other environment, and I absolutely love it. When I fish, I get to relax and recharge. I get to hone a skill and pursue a passion I have, without disruptions. It makes such a huge difference in my life, and when Monday rolls around, I’m recharged and ready to help people.