For our next Meet the Member blog post we talk to Joel Onyshuk of Redzone Production Systems, members of Assemble’s Minneapolis location. Redzone exists to to unlock the power of the manufacturing plant floor workforce through mobile-social technology, combined with continuous improvement coaching. This frees the workforce to reach their potential and in turn the manufacturing plant’s potential. This creates a culture of improvement from the bottom up, resulting in top class efficiency and plant profitability.
Joel works for Redzone as an Enterprise Software Sales Executive, working closely with the mid-tier food and beverage companies in the Midwest. Born and raised in the Twin Cities (Skol Vikings!), Joel travels significantly for work, but always come back home appreciating the Minneapolis and St. Paul area more every time. It truly is a wonderful place to live. In a few years, his next career goal as a sales professional will be to work with a sales team as a Director or VP of Sales to coach them to success and build a reputation as a thought leader in the sales profession.
As much as I hate mornings and love staying up late, when I get up and out of my house by 7:30am my day is always more productive.
Minneapolis is truly a Midwest tech-boom location on the rise. Plus, the combination of young professionals, bustling music scene, trendy restaurants, and vibrant craft beer and upscale bar culture makes for a very exciting place to live. Pair all those things with the relatively high income opportunity meshed with lower cost of living makes Minneapolis a great place to live and work. My personal favorite place to eat is Parlour (known for the best burger in the region, and the number one entrée in Minneapolis in 2014. For drinks you have to go try Marvel (if you can find it!), a local speakeasy with many original cocktails and spins on classic originals.
Having a home away from home truly increases my productivity, and I say that as someone who previously wrote off co-working spaces as a waste of money and time. Getting out of my house and into a fun office atmosphere full of like-minded professionals, local coffee, bi-monthly happy hour networking sessions, and much more really has a huge value for me and truly increases my ability to consistently deliver results at work.
Working closely with the folks who make the food and beverages I eat and drink every day is an absolute blast. Watching my long-time favorite candy be made at Pearson’s Candy Company (those Salted Nut Rolls are to die for!) was a particular highlight. And knowing that I have helped deliver software and services that truly make their companies run more efficiently and deliver six-figure or even seven-figure savings year over year is truly rewarding.
Although I travel for work a lot (84 flights last year), I enjoy travel when I can get away from the daily grind and take a vacation. I’m always drawn to places with warm weather and great food!
Best advice? Well, there are a lot of options for that, but since we are in a professional co-working space I’ll choose, “Your net worth isn’t how much you own, but who you know.” It’s so true, and networking and building your personal brand cannot be more important in today’s day and age.
Learn more about Redzone at www.rzsoftware.com.