Courtney Repman, Purchasing Manager at AquaPhoenix, discusses her work, trip to India, and more.
Q: What is your role at APS?
As a Purchasing Manager, myself and my team, are in charge of all the buying of our purchased products both on the industrial side of the business as well as the educational side. So looking for new vendors, finding the products, finding alternative products that will work. Everything day in and day out related to that.
Q: What has been your favorite project?
Maybe not my favorite project, but most memorable, was the Salesforce implementation. That was the most unusual project for me to work on and out of my element. But it also was the most challenging and taught me a lot on the front-end order entry and how our Customer Service team works. So that was definitely most memorable, but probably not my favorite.
Q: What has been your most memorable/embarrassing moment at APS?
Most embarrassing is probably this right but most memorable would be my trip to India with Henry and Brandon. That was definitely a good AquaPhoenix moment. Visiting with one of our suppliers at the glass blowing factory was a really good highlight and also some of our personal trips to see the Golden Palace and the Pakistan border was pretty good.
Q: What advice would you give to a new hire?
For new hires, I would suggest coming in every day ready to have a good time but also being ready to work hard and do your best each and every day.
Q: If you could learn something new, what would it be?
If I could learn anything it would probably be a back handspring or something gymnastic-related because I have no coordination.
Q: What is something most people don't know about you?
Fun fact, I once won a free vacation to Las Vegas while sitting in traffic in Philadelphia only to find out I could not go because I was twenty and not twenty-one at the time. So it was pretty devastating.
Q: Any favorite line from a movie?
I hate dumb movies like this but from Ricky Bobby, "If you ain't first, you're last."
Q: Which AquaPhoenix Core Value Stands out to you?
My favorite core value here is to Employ Individuals with GAS. It's original, I think it's funny, and it plays a huge part in why we are successful here at AquaPhoenix.
Q: What is your favorite food?
My favorite food would be boardwalk fries with lots of vinegar or if you could pick candy it would be sour patch watermelon if that counts as a food.
Q: Do you have pets?
Yes, I have a golden doodle named Murphy who those of you who work here have probably seen him a few times and he is overdue for a visit. That's the only pet we have.