FSI Highlight- Lorie Pearce

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Lorie Pearce has been with FSIoffice for 25 years! She is our Furniture Specifier and enjoys every minute of her job. Particularly, her favorite task is data entry. Lorie is a native North Carolinian and she lives in St. Pauls. She enjoys reading, window shopping, and eating out with family.

Just like Letisha (introduced in a previous highlight), Lorie is a cruise fanatic and really loves the Caribbean. She has traveled to Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Fittingly so, she really loves to eat Mexican food and her favorite restaurant is MiCasita’s! When Lorie isn’t soaking up the tropical sun or indulging in Mexican food, you can find her watching The Big Bang Theory with her Cairn Terrier, Daisy. At fourteen years old, Daisy battles diabetes and blindness, but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying life.

To get to know Lorie a little more, we asked her some fun questions.

1. If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?

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9 Life Changing Binder Clip Uses

Have you seen ideas that are so simple, yet ingenious? Do you say to yourself ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ Get ready to ask yourself that same question again. We have put together a list of 9 amazing uses for binder clips. These aren’t just office oriented, but ideas you can use around your home as well. Grab your binder clips and let’s start binding, clipping, hanging….well you get the idea. Enjoy! 

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Products Made in America!

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Please strive to put America first when making product selections. Working together can create jobs and put Americans to work. American Made Products are specially marked throughout our catalog. Here are a few to get you started.

buy usa iconBaumgartens Heavyweight Nylon American Flags

You will sure be proud to hang this high quality Baumgartens American Flag in your front yard or outside your office. Stitched flag included embroidered stars, sewn stripes, reinforced ends and brass grommets. Made of heavyweight nylon, flag is appropriate for outdoor or indoor use.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas under $100!

Are you searching for practical gifts for your dad, but on a tight budget? Worry no more! Here is a list that features Father’s Day gifts all under $100! Enjoy shopping!

 Weego Paris Jump Starter Batter Pack

Don’t leave your dad stranded on the side of the road. Weego jump-starts your car and conveniently fits in your pocket. Weego also charges your phone and has a USB connection to charge smartphones, laptops, tablets, and speakers. Worst case scenario, if your dad’s car and phone dies, Weego can charge both if he needs to call for help. Not only is it compact, but Weego automatically turns off to save energy when forgotten. So, no need to have your dad thumbing for a second car for a jump. Weego is there to his rescue!

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Samsill Carrying Case (Flap) for 10.1″ iPad, Tablet PC-Black

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Give your dad that professional look when he goes into the office with the Samsill Carrying Case for his tablet. Special zipper binder keeps your dad’s iPad, documents, notes and other essentials safe and protected with a professional appearance. Your dad can store his iPad in the quick-access front pocket that is equipped with magnetic Smart flap designed for iPad and other 10.1″ tablets. iPad wakes up when the Smart flap is open and sleeps when it is closed.

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3M Post-It Pop-Up Notes Gloss Desk Organizer

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Dad will be sure to smile when he opens this 3M Gloss Desk Organizer with his family photo already inside. Make your dad smile every time he grabs a Post-It. He may reach for a tissue next when he sees how blessed he is.

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Wounded Warrior Project Appointment Books and Planners

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Is your dad always forgetting family birthdays, anniversaries, or doctor appointments? Then give him this wonderful calendar pre-loaded with all the birthdays, anniversaries, and appointments to help remind him of those important days. Not only will you be helpful to him, but a portion of the proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project to help veteran fathers, as well.

Bluetooth 3.0 Speaker System

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Spread the joy and excitement of music on Father’s Day with the Bluetooth 3.0 Speaker System. These speakers deliver super bass sound with a universal stand for tablets. Although some dads say they can’t dance or don’t sing in the shower, we really know they dream of being in a rock band. Make that dream come true on Father’s Day and let him play the air guitar in private!

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Kensington Simply Portable Carrying Case for 17” KMW62568

Does your dad constantly complain about airport security when he travels for work? Well, we all probably do! Give your dad the Kensington Simply Portable Carrying Case with SureCheck design that allows quicker airport security processing without having to remove his notebook. He will be super comfortable with the plush padded handle and shoulder strap, too. Built-in strap attaches easily to his roller bag for easy airport travel.

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Genuine Joe 42-piece Drill Kit Set

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Give your dad the amazing Genuine Joe 42-piece Drill Kit Set that is organized and makes it easy to find what he is looking for. Use for maintenance and emergencies around the office or home office. Plus, whenever you need something fixed you know who to call.

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Lorell Free-Standing Coat Rack

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Does your dad just sling his suit-jacket over his office chair? He will be hanging in style with the Lorell Free-Standing Coat Rack made of chrome. Freestanding, three-hook coat rack fits any office decor. This coat rack offers a sturdy tubular base and double hooks at the top.

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Verbatim Bluetooth Wireless Folding Mobile Keyboard

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Wireless, Bluetooth mobile keyboard provides a quick and easy way to compose email and other documents with your iPad/iPhone. Designed especially to work with your dads Bluetooth-enabled iPad/iPhone (iOS 4 or higher), this thin-profile keyboard features an ultra-compact design that folds for maximum portability and easy storage in the included carrying case. The iPad/iPhone keyboard has a built-in media console allowing your dad to play, pause, and control his iTunes with the touch of a button. The keyboard also includes two AAA batteries and an iPhone stand for even greater freedom and mobility.

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FSI Highlight- Stephen Parker

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Here at FSIoffice we begin our new month by introducing you to Stephen Parker. Stephen began his career at FSIoffice in December of 2013. Stephen obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in History and a minor in Marketing from Pensacola Christian College. Also, he earned his MBA from Appalachian State.  He is our Purchasing Analyst with responsibilities including forecasting and buying stocked items to sourcing bid requests. His favorite part of his job is breaking down complex problems into manageable pieces and solving them. His background ranges from construction work to sales.

Stephen is the second oldest of eight children and grew up in Starksboro, Vermont. He has been married to his lovely wife, Kellie for four years and they recently bought their first home. Currently, they are looking to fill their home with a German Shepard. If you’re ever looking for a good book to read Stephen is your guy for recommendations. During his downtime, Stephen enjoys a good book from one of his many favorite authors; Michael Lewis, Stephen Ambrose, Larry Corriea, and JRR Tolkien.

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FSI Highlight- Letitia Gordon

Please welcome our newest customer service representative, Letitia Gordon – fondly known by everyone as Tish. Tish began her career at FSIoffice in 1999. For six years, she worked in the returns department and then moved up to order processing. During her nine years in order processing, Letitia met her husband and they have four beautiful children together. FSIoffice is Tish’s forever home because she plans to retire from here. She loves that FSIoffice is a Christian and family-oriented company.

If you ever want any tips for going on a cruise, Tish is your expert.  Surprisingly so, Tish has been on 15 Carnival cruises and is planning number 16! She has cruised all over the Caribbean from Mexico to Puerto Rico. Aside from sailing the sea, Tish loves to spend time with her family and friends.

We asked some fun and silly questions to get to know her a little more and here are her answers.

  1. Who is your celebrity crush?

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FSI Highlight – Gretchen Huffer

This week we’re excited to introduce you to one of our newer customer service representatives, Gretchen Huffer. Gretchen joined us a year and a half ago and quickly became a bright and cheerful face around FSI. Whether she’s helping a customer over the phone, decorating the department for Christmas or baking a killer dessert for the bake off, her enthusiasm is unmatched. In fact, check out her masterpiece from our “Christmas Cubes” competition last December.

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Gretchen grew up in the Concord/Midland area and currently lives in Mt. Holly with her husband Kyle and their two dogs Blue (a Catahoula) and Rambo (a yorkie). When she’s at work, Gretchen spends her time answering calls, emails, online chats, inputting orders and researching products-basically whatever it takes to take care of our customers. Customer Service is definitely one of our most lively departments-there’s always laughter to be heard on their side of the building-something Gretchen appreciates.

“The best part would be hearing the satisfaction and appreciation from customers for even the smallest things and all of the laughter that goes on in our department!”

When she’s not at the office, Gretchen enjoys trips with her husband to the bea
ch or Virginia. She also coaches gymnastics and judges competitions. Something most people don’t know about her, she used to be a competitive gymnast herself and was nationally ranked! She also has a twin brother!

Gretchen’s favorite foods are pickles and pasta (hopefully not togetherJ) and Beauty and the Beast and Mamma Mia are her top movie picks. When asked who she would trade places with for one day, it was an easy answer, “Betty White. I absolutely love her carefree and spunky personality.” Nice choice.

For a final, fun question-“What would you buy if you won the lottery?” Gretchen replied, “There are just so many things I would do. I would definitely pay off our house, give portions to our church and parents and then invest and save as best we can for the future.” A winning answer for sure.

If you work at FSI, you’re bound to know Gretchen by now and if you’re an FSI customer, you’ve probably talked, emailed or chatted with her at some point. Hopefully today’s FSI Highlight gave you a little better window into her world. Not only is she talented at what she does, quick to respond and always ready to help, but Gretchen also brings character and excitement to our office and we’re grateful to have her here.