Stephen is a twin-neck bottle. At least he thinks he is. Wait, maybe he’s not. No, no, he definitely is. Like the dualities of his self-proclaimed bottle likeness, Stephen has a bit of a split personality. Not the kind that makes you double check your locks at night but the type with a wide enough array of interests and effervescent energy that it gives you reason enough to worry.
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The many faces of Stephen
In his own words, Stephen is a hard working mischief-maker who plays basketball and golf when he’s not mountain biking or kayaking through life. In the evenings he often hides out in a closet in the safety of his own home, nerding out with comic books. He keeps these liaisons under wraps for fear that his much-cooler wife will one day find out and make fun of him for all eternity. I may or may not have used artistic liberties in this description. Moving on…
At CPS he’s known as a Sales Representative, but that’s only one of his many hats. He’s a marathon runner, a cliff jumper, an amateur gymnast (using his young daughter as a prop, did I mention he’s a doting father of two?) and most surprising of all, a ghost hunter.
A supernatural calling
“We’ve purposely stayed at places that were haunted and tried to see ghosts. I went to the Geyser Grand in Oregon. We’ve gone to a few graveyards that have had hauntings,” he explained. So, the next time you get Stephen’s voicemail he may be busy with another customer, but chances are he’s actually hunting down lost souls.
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Stephen could hardly keep it together, struggling through bouts of laughter while telling this story. “We went to one place where your car was supposed to roll up hill, and I went with Morgan (CPS Graphic Designer). And Morgan brought flour and sprinkled it on the bumper to see if we could see handprints. Cause it was supposed to be ghosts who were pushing your car up this hill. And we really did go up hill.” Wow, so two crazy and obviously bored CPS employees actually had a paranormal encounter?
“Yeah, but it wasn’t really a steep hill, so it could have been how it looked that we were actually rolling down hill. But it did, it looked like we were going uphill.” Sure it did Stephen, sure it did. Please, let this be reason enough to keep buying containers from Stephen. That is, unless you’re ready to be bombarded by ads for yet another ghost-chasing reality TV show.
The “Tarzan Boy” of Sales
Enough with the side activities, let’s get to business! A film of Stephen’s life could be set to the brilliantly 80’s tune of “Tarzan Boy”, his favorite song since elementary school. For some reason I imagine him keeping beat with the song, singing along unintelligibly until the epic Tarzan call, “oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,” where he no doubt sung at the top of his young lungs with notable fervor. Fervor he would one day transfer to his career in Sales.
“I love making sure that the customer stays happy,” Stephen said, thriving on building solid business partnerships based on trust. “Whether that’s [trust] through finding really great solutions to their issues, and also being proactive and making sure that we’re stocking what they need, or hey, just so you know, I negotiated some better freight rates. Just little things like that. I really enjoy being able to find a great solution and building, really building their trust, so they feel like they can trust me with their business. That’s what I love most about Sales.”
More than the sum of his parts
So, maybe the twin-neck choice seemed a little peculiar in the beginning, but in Stephen’s unique case, it seems to work for him. A few pranks here and there (popping out of boxes in the warehouse and scaring coworkers into expletive-strewn panics) paired with a steadfast competitive spirit (he would rather beat coworker Derek Call’s best marathon time than see his underdog Utah Jazz take a NBA Championship) and a love for the packaging industry makes Stephen one of CPS’ brightest shining (wannabe) stars.
Shout outs for Stephen! Post a comment if you’re a customer of Stephen’s; or if your house is haunted and you need his help to return to normalcy!