Learning to ASPIRE

 6 7 Associate Kick Off

Associates from left to right: Campbell Reed, Ryan Padgett, Leticia Casas, Kelsey Shelton, Caroline Humphries, and Brandon Williamson. Not pictured: Emily Galishoff

The newly named ASPIRE Leadership Program (formerly the Associate Development Program) recently welcomed the Summer 2019 cohort with a luncheon and networking opportunity for seven new associates who are joining five different areas of the business:

  • Brandon Williamson, Manufacturing
    • Mentor: Darrin Smith
  • Campbell Reed, Finance
    • Mentor: Trey Butler
  • Caroline Humphries, Marketing
    • Mentor: Corey Beavers
  • Emily Galishoff, Design
    • Mentor: Mark Page
  • Kelsey Shelton, Customer Experience
    • Mentor: Regina Jones
  • Leticia Casas, Customer Experience
    • Mentor: Mitch Jones
  •  Ryan Padgett, Manufacturing
    • Mentor: Jason Owen

During the luncheon, FNA President Paul De Cock welcomed the new team members, giving them a brief overview of the business and advice on starting their careers with Mohawk.

“The ASPIRE program is a great example of how we’re working on our People & Talent Development priority,” Paul said. “As emerging leaders here at Mohawk, this group has a huge opportunity to learn from our existing talent and to help move our business forward by bringing new ideas and perspectives to the table.”

What is the ASPIRE Program?

ASPIRE associates are chosen from both college recruits and internal candidates with recent degrees who have the potential to be future leaders of the business. The group first participates in three weeks of initial training going on plant tours and hearing from subject matter experts to get a big picture view of Mohawk.

Then, they’ll spend the next 12-18 months in a facility under the guidance of a hiring manager and mentor on a business project or projects and detailed accomplishment record. The impact on business results from projects the associates work on ranges from 50 thousand to 1.15 million.

Associates on rug tour

 Associates during their visit to the Eden, NC manufacturing plant.

associates at solar flower

The new solar flower installed by Mohawk Sustainability at a school in Eden, NC.

associates final tour and presentations

The associates completed the first phase of the program after attending 43 tours and subject matter expert presentations. They will now move on to the next phase at their "home base" facilities throughout North Georgia. 

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