Profile of Team Member – Paige Popenhagen

“Building an exceptional company is the result of building exceptional teams with exceptional people.”
Team 1 Plastics, a plastic injection molding company for the mobility industry, has been and continues to be a successful company because of our exceptional team.  Today, we will introduce one of these exceptional people, Paige Popenhagen, as we continue a series of articles profiling our team members.

Name: Paige Popenhagen

Current Position: Administrative Support Technician

Date of Hire: 5/10/2021

What is your favorite story or memory during your time working at Team 1?
Like many other Team Members, Paige’s memory comes from one of Team 1 Plastics’ family-friendly parties.  Last fall, during their first picnic after the pandemic, Paige attended her first company-wide party.  The party itself was quite a surprise to her since she had “never worked at a place that has parties outside of work hours.  It was surprising to me in a good way, of course.”  Being a family-friendly atmosphere, she attended the party with her husband and even won a pair of Apple AirPods during a raffle.  Additionally, Paige was pleasantly surprised at how personable the owners were.  “I also have never worked at a place where the owners truly cared about their employees.  They made me feel valued.”

How has Team 1 helped your personal and/or professional development?
Paige has found that her position at Team 1 has helped her be more confident in the decisions she makes and to not put too much stress on herself.  “I am an overthinker and try to make sure things like emails are perfect.”  When she started this position as Administrative Support Technician, Paige found herself asking other Team Members to re-read her emails to be sure they sounded right.  Her supervisor would encourage her to “just send it” which helped her to not stress about every little detail.  “They trust that if I were to mess up, I would learn from my mistakes.  It is rewarding working for a company that trusts their employees.”

What is your favorite aspect of working at Team 1?
“It is a low-stress work environment.”  Previous to her employment at Team 1, Paige has worked in high-stress work environments: face-to-face with customers in both banking and fast food.  “It is a lot easier to function and get done what I need to get done.  I really enjoy being behind the scenes while still being able to help people and solve problems.”  Paige’s position provides support for Customer Service and Accounting, filling in the gaps where her help is most needed.

What do you want to share about your life outside of Team 1?
Paige is married and has a mini–Australian Shepherd named Willow.  Paige and her husband enjoy the outdoors with activities like hiking, traveling, kayaking, and hammocking.  Their home has a river wrapping all the way around, complete with a private dock – making kayaking that much easier for them.  “In my free time I like to spend time with friends, taking photos, and drawing,” Paige explains.  Having recently purchased an iPad, this has allowed her to learn a new type of digital drawing, which has proven to be completely different than pencil drawing.  A lot of Paige’s work focuses on details, and she enjoys drawing tattoos for others; hoping for those tattoo drawings to become a source of income in the future.

Do you have any advice and/or encouragement for future Team 1 team members?
“Team 1 is a great place to work.  They care about their employees and there is always room to grow here.  Show up, put in your hard work, and you will be successful here at Team 1.”

Now for a totally random question:
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Paige assures she is “not really a breakfast person,” but if she had to choose a cereal it would have to be General Mills’ Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

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