This month, we would like to introduce you to Daniel Salas from our Parts Sales Department in Kansas City, Missouri! Daniel has been a part of the Vander Haag’s team for just over 7 years now. Besides being a long-term employee, Daniel also finished in the top 3 in overall parts sales the past 3 years!
Daniel has worked in the Parts Sales Department during his entire time at Vander Haag’s. Prior to working at Vander Haag’s, his daily commute actually took him past the site where construction on our Kansas City site was under way. “I happened to drive by one day and saw that something was being built so I went home and searched the internet to see exactly what Vander Haags was. I had been looking for something a little closer to my home because I was driving 35 mins each way to work every day. Everything that I has just read about the company seemed like a place that I would be interested in. I put application in and met with Eric [Krikke] and was hired about a week later and haven't looked back since.”
Besides shortening up his previous commute, Daniel has also enjoyed the variety of things he gets to tackle each day in the parts department. “I don’t know if there is a ‘basic’ day. If there was one, it would consist of helping walk-in customers, taking incoming phone calls, and making outbound calls to follow up on previous quotes. Sometimes, I’m contacting customers we haven’t heard from in a while just to see how they’re doing.”
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports. “I really enjoy attending sporting events, but with no fans in the stands this year at Royals games that got cut out… but I like watching sports in general and the restart of sports on TV helped with that.”
Daniel is also newly engaged! He and his fiancée Julie plan to be married sometime in the spring of 2022.
Thanks for being a part of our team, Daniel! We’re fortunate and blessed to have you as a member of our team in Kansas City. All the best to you & your fiancée on your engagement!
We would like to introduce Joel Maassen from our Service team in Sioux Falls, SD! Joel has been with Vander Haag’s for nearly 5 years now and has worked as a Service Technician the entire time. Like many of our current team members, Joel was referred to Vander Haag’s by some former co-workers: “I learned about Vander Haag’s through Teague Camarigg and Kevin Lunstra. I worked with Kevin for several years at Sioux Falls Kenworth where we were both employed as mechanics. I knew Teague from church. They were both helpful in telling me about Vander Haag’s and holding the door open for me.”
Since joining the team at Vander Haag’s, Joel has proven to be a valuable resource in the Service Department. He has also achieved his ASE master tech certification. “I’m thankful for the opportunities and lessons to get that certification. For me, it’s not a destination of achievement, but rather a mile marker that shows where I’ve been.”
Joel says that one of the things he enjoys most about working at Vander Haag’s is “Seeing a satisfied customer utilizing a truck that I worked on and knowing that I – along with everyone at VHI – are vital cogs in an essential gear of our local and world economy which depends on trucks that aren’t broken down.” In fact, Joel recently noticed a Vander Haag’s customer just down the street from his home. The customer was struggling with a blown brake canister. Joel was able to help them diagnose the problem and took this photo!
Joel, we are glad to have you as a part of our team here at Vander Haag’s. Joel also shared some good advice for anyone beginning their career with our team: “Be observant. I believe that being observant is the key to staying safe and the engine for learning which drives loads of success.”
Thanks for being a part of our team, Joel!
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!