For UCEC Credit Manager Laura Pinkston, financial organization and acumen have been a part of her professional life for nearly 25 years. She’s worked in financial positions including credit investigator, accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoicing and collections in a variety of settings such as finance companies and medical offices, as well as another control panel manufacturer.
Laura came to UCEC in 2007 as a receptionist. She then worked as the purchasing assistant, doing parts orders. Gradually, she facilitated job ordering as the backup for the purchasing manager. That skill led to more and more responsibility until now, as Credit Manager, Laura manages all of the invoicing for UCEC.
“I handle all the aspects of receivables and payables: money in and out,” Laura said. “This includes keeping track of accounts and problem solving.” When purchases are made (for parts, as one example), a purchase order is generated. When the product is received in the warehouse, it arrives with a packing slip. Then, the parts company sends an invoice for payment. Laura will match up the invoice with the packing slip and send payment to the vendor.
Laura also works with Diane Wolsing who handles payroll; Laura is trained as her backup. Laura also communicates with purchasing a good bit.
Challenges to her job include chasing down errors such as price differences. Also, getting in touch with other accounting departments can be a little tricky. Laura isn’t put off by these challenges, though; she simply keeps after it.
“I think persistence is key in this position,” Laura notes. “I’ve always enjoyed the credit side of things. I’m inclined to solve problems and work with the customers and vendors to find solutions.”
“There’s always something different to do with my job, and I like that,” Laura says. “I also enjoy the management team meetings and being able to offer ideas and suggestions for my department.”
Away from the office, Laura is married with two grown children, a son and a daughter. Her daughter’s two children offer lots of fun. Laura, an Arvada native, is also an avid reader.
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It took Denise Nation a few twists and turns to end up on the Wiring team at UCEC in 2016. Her first career track was in healthcare, but she had a feeling that wasn’t exactly what she was supposed to do. A chance to attend school for avionics electronics was intriguing; Denise says she always liked figuring out how things worked.
I think the members of the Wiring Team are all artisans. There’s a lot of creativity. It’s kind of one of those hidden heroes type of jobs. People don’t understand what they do, but our people put in a lot of effort.
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“To be quite honest, starting here a year ago felt like coming home,” John says. “I got here, and the slot was waiting for me. I came in, and within a few hours, I was handed my tools and I had a job to start. I felt like I belonged.”
I am continually amazed at our creative team members here at UCEC. Led by Operations Support Manager Zach Fothergill and Wireman Morgan Burris, the team just designed, fabricated and installed a brand-new UCEC logo in our headquarters lobby.
Max Nelson moved to Denver a few years ago for a change of scenery and a chance to start a new career. He found all that and more at UCEC, where he’s worked as a wireman on the Wiring side of the shop since December 2015.
When it comes to the UCEC team, we're not shy about telling the world that we make the best control panels, period. All of our departments continually push for improvements in technology and processes. We travel to tradeshows and search for the latest in new tech. We take classes in the newest UL standards. We never settle for "good enough."
We've had sustained high winds here in the Denver Metro area the last few days. And while we might prefer the calmer, more "lamb-like" performance of late March, we're keeping on with the work of panel craftsmanship inside the shop.
Editor's Note: Last year, we asked our CEO and President, Mark Inboden, eight questions. We decided to return again with five more questions about UCEC, leadership and the future of panel building.