Meet Joel Egland! Joel has been with Vander Haag’s since 2009 and serves as a Service Technician at our store location in Spencer, Iowa.
Joel has been working as a Service Tech during his entire 11 years with Vander Haag’s. He was originally referred to Vander Haag’s through Jim Behrens (Service Department Lead). “He kept bugging me to apply, so I finally thought ‘What have I got to lose?’, so I checked it out. And I’ve been here ever since.”
Joel enjoys a lot of different aspects of his job, but he especially enjoys the variety he gets to see each day: diagnosing engine problems, electrical diagnostics, A/C repair… the list goes on and on. Joel says he especially enjoys the culture here at Vander Haag’s: “It’s a very family-oriented business… Everyone really works well together as a team.” Throughout the day, you’ll often find Joel helping out a co-worker in the Parts Department, Salvage, or Whole Units.
Outside of work, Joel enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 kids on their farm just outside of Spencer. “Being on a farm can be a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun. We love it there.”
With 11 years of Vander Haag’s Service Technician experience under his belt, Joel has some good advice: “Always be humble and be willing to learn. You always can learn something new if you’re willing to listen and work hard.”
Thanks for all you do for Vander Haag’s and our customer, Joel! We are glad to have you on our team!
This month, we’re happy to introduce one of our team members from our location in Winamac, Indana! Kendall Sadler has been with Vander Haags for over four years and currently leads our team in Shipping & Receiving there.
Kendall originally applied at Vander Haag’s through Indeed.com although he had a little additional insight into Vander Haag’s through a family connection: “My father-in-law is the local Snap-On tools salesman in Winamac and the surrounding area.” After interviewing, Kendall was offered a full time role in Parts Sales. During his onboarding, he spent some time in the Shipping & Receiving Department and decided to make that his full time role. “I enjoy what I do on a day-to-day basis… getting things done and everything shipped out. I take a lot of pride in trying to get everything shipped safely and cost effectively.”
During his time in Shipping & Receiving, Kendall has excelled at taking personal ownership for some of the challenges they faced. He was big factor in helping that department make some improvements and achieve their shipping goals the past several years. Even with all the improvements, Kendall said the part of the job he enjoys the most is the people he works with. “I like working with the team we have around me here. Everybody has each other’s back.”
Like many of our jobs at Vander Haag’s, Shipping & Receiving can be very fast paced. “Don’t expect every day to be the same. It’s fast-paced and I learn new things every day as long as you’re willing to put the time in.”
Kendall keeps busy outside of work as well. He coaches freshman basketball at Winamac High School, enjoys golfing, vacationing, and mowing, and cheers on his Purdue Boilermakers.
Thanks for all you do getting parts shipped to all our customers & VHI locations, Kendall! We’re glad to have you on our team!
Meet Daniel Sargent! Daniel is a Yard Technician on the Salvage team at our store location in Council Bluffs, Iowa! He has been a part of the Vander Haag’s family for nearly 12 years now, initially starting as an intern during his time at Iowa Western Community College and working in a full time capacity since graduating there.
Daniel has spent his entire time in the Salvage department in Council Bluffs, but has done a number of different jobs during the course of his 12 years: dismantling, pulling parts in the yard, and for the past three years, he has been running equipment and pulling parts. Every day looks a little different – from moving trucks in and out of the shop to loading/unloading customers and vendors to checking parts list and maintaining the yard, Daniel gets involved in a lot of different things throughout the course of his day.
He says that the most enjoyable part of his job are his co-workers. “I like the guys I work with, we all make a pretty good team.” Daniel is an important part of that team, too. He’s been in the Salvage department in Council Bluffs longer than anyone else on the team!
Beyond the team in the Salvage department, Daniel says he enjoys the culture that he feels at Vander Haags. “I like working for a family owned business who truly appreciates their employees.” Well, Daniel, we appreciate you being a part of our family! Congratulations on your many years of service & we wish you many more!