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Star of the Week’ Spotlight: Jim Schlegelmilch


Each week at Brooks Bell, we have a short meeting Friday morning with the entire team. During the meeting we get updates on tests and the company, and award a “Star of the Week.”

This week, our Star is project manager, Jim Schlegelmilch who went above and beyond to make sure client projects stayed on task and in the pipeline.

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“Jim really stepped it up last week while our other project manager, Bryan, was out. He took the reins on the Weekly Project Huddle and sat in on all of our client meetings, as well as helped get a test out the door.” – Barbara Maloney, Client Coordinator and previous Star of the Week

Where are you from and how did you end up in Raleigh at Brooks Bell?

I was born on Long Island, but grew up in Massachusetts. I grew tired of the New England winters and moved down to NC to finish college. I started working in Raleigh after graduation and about a year or so later, Greg (Ng) reached out to me to let me know they had a position open that fit my qualifications and I should consider interviewing for it. The rest is history.

Which of Brooks Bell’s core values resonates with you most and why?

I think the Core Value that resonates most with me is “Be Real.” It’s not easy to force yourself and your personality into a specific job and culture day in and day out. Brooks Bell does a great job hiring smart people and has built a great culture, and to know that the only expectation is to just be yourself and work hard makes it extremely easy to come in to work every day.

What are you reading?

Regretfully, I’m not really reading anything from within the industry right now, but I’m almost finished with The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and have recently started The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Can you provide any pointers to make Nerf guns shoot farther?

This is a tough one. You can take the gun apart and replace the springs with more tightly coiled ones; but other than that, it really depends on the ammo. The “whistler” darts tend to go much farther than the suction darts. For optimal distance – and stealth – a hand thrown dart achieves the best result.

How will you choose next week’s Star of the Week?

This is an easy one. The next Star of the Week will be someone who put in 100% all week and really showed his or her commitment to our Core Values. The hard part is, this describes pretty much every person on our team.

The Brooks Bell Star of the Week is a team member who has gone above and beyond typical expectations during the week. The award is designed to empower our team and ensure everyone’s hard work is appreciated and recognized.

The winner receives a large trophy they get to keep for the entire week, fully equipped with extra Nerf darts (extra protection for those impromptu Nerf wars). They also get the honor of selecting the following week’s winner.

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