Today we caught up with Sandy Bruns, senior commodity manager with VSG. Get to know Sandy and her background with our Supply Chain team. She has proven to be a valuable asset to our company, and her understanding of our day-to-day business cements that fact. It's employees like Sandy that make Rotary Lift what is is today. Take a few minutes to meet Sandy, one of Rotary’s Force Behind the Lift.
Q: How long have you been with Rotary Lift?
Sandy: Going on 12 years.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
Sandy: The thing I enjoy most about my job is the people. The people at Rotary Lift are hard-working people who genuinely care about the quality of work they produce. People on all levels at Rotary take great pride in their work and I am very happy to be a part of this team.
Q: What is your background with your current position?
Sandy: I have been in the Supply Chain now for nearly 20 years. I began my career working for tier one automotive suppliers. I studied business and economics at Indiana University, obtained my MBA from Indiana Wesleyan, and obtained the CPSM designation from the Institute of Supply Management.
Q: What is one thing about working in commodities that people may not know?
Sandy: Understanding the supply chain involves more than just knowing our immediate suppliers. We have to understand the layers of supply within our supply chain. There are so many dynamics in a variety of markets that can ultimately affect our business and we have to understand those dynamics and be prepared to respond.
Q: What are the biggest challenges of your job?
Sandy: My position in the supply chain is ever changing. There are new and different challenges every day. On any given day, I could go from negotiating thousands of tons of steel to scurrying to get parts to meet a spike in production.
Q: During your work career or personal life what are you most proud of?
Sandy: I am most proud of my children and their accomplishments. My daughter Anna is 16 and is currently studying in Australia and my son Will is 15 and has turned out to be quite the basketball player.
Q: What is one fun fact about you that people may not know?
Sandy: For 5 years I enjoyed going to prison once a week. I was an economics instructor and I had a great time with my students. I guess you could say I had a very “captive” audience!
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
Sandy: I enjoy cooking and, of course eating!
Q: Are you more of a music fan or a sports fan?
Sandy: I am a sports fan, my children are involved. I enjoy high school girl’s tennis and freshman basketball.
Q: If you purchased one Rotary Lift product what would it be?
Sandy: I would buy a Shockwave™ two-post lift. Why? Because of the speed.