Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supply Chain Management & Operations Support)
You might be asking what S.H.I.E.L.D. really mean, and what does this team really do. Well, at Kahiki, S.H.I.E.L.D. means:
Supply-of raw materials and finished goods
Heijunka-a method of planning production to meet consumer demand
Inventory-have the right stuff at the right place at the right time
ERP-Enterprise Resource Planning
Logistics-Coordinating a lot of moving parts
Distribution-delivering the right product, in full, without errors
In English, this means that we source great tasting raw materials, schedule the production of our great tasting products, and then deliver them to our customers. Each of our team members is a vital piece to ensuring our fantastic products are available for customers to enjoy. Whether it be ordering raw materials, checking inventory, providing excellent customer service or providing analytics to the production team each member of our team strives for excellence in all we do.
Jonathan Velderrain - Kiritsu Sukejūra
Hello! I'm Jonathan Velderrain and I am the Kiritsu Sukejūra which means "Discipline Scheduler".
I am responsible for the procurement of all raw materials and production scheduling to ensure we produce our delicious products in a timely manner. This position has been very enjoyable for me because everyday holds new and exciting challenges.
I joined Kahiki in July 2011 and have met and work with many wonderful people that have enriched my life.
When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cycling my way around town, refining my grill master skills and watching sports.
My favorite Kahiki product is our Yum Yum Stix and Pork Potstickers.
Michelle Sharrieff - Kanji
Hi, I’m Michelle Sharrieff, my job title is Kanji, and what it is that you may wonder. Well according to Google “it’s the adopted logographic Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese writing system”. I coordinate the general data input for operations and maintenance to assist them in running efficiently by receiving, analyzing, processing and proofreading. I also utilize knowledge of systems or procedures.
When I’m not at work, I love to spend time with family and friends also love travelling (I’m always having the wheels turning in my head to where to go next!) Love being adventurous by trying different, exciting new things which are great educational and cultural experiences. Hey, “Life is short. Take the trip. Buy the shoes. Eat the cake!” (or Yum Yum Stix) ;-)
Priscilla Goldsberry - Spesbona Damselfly
Hi, I’m Priscilla Goldsberry, Kahiki’s first Spesbona Damselfly! Spesbona in Latin and means “good hope”. Also I don’t have wings but I have been known to hover every once in a while to ensure things are done, you know, “on time and in full”. Just like the species, I too have adapted right into my new role as Supply Chain Coordinator/Customer Service. What is so important you ask about my job? I believe that communication plays a huge role and is the ultimate key in building trust and overall customer satisfaction. My goal is keeping those informed and in a positive timely manner. By putting forth that extra effort, being honest or even that “calming voice” on the other end I know how much more appreciated and valuable I will become as professional relationships are made.
When I’m not busy keeping things running smoothly here I am at home playing referee when my two new Labradors and my overly creative girls! On a daily basis, I have one building new homes in our basement for all her dolls and the other is whipping up dinners after watching yet another recorded cooking show. My husband’s hobby is “blowing smoke”, fitting right! I work hard and take pride in my family and am happy to have become one of the newest Kahikians.
FYI - My favorite Kahiki dishes so far are- Szechuan Pepper Steak and Orange Chicken!
Kory Zook - The Sentry
I am Kory Zook and I am the guy that keeps track of the inventory. Whether it be going in, being used, or shipping out it’s my job to make sure we used as much or have as much as we say we do. I work closely with both warehouse and production to help maintain a smooth flow of product throughout our company. Oft times this requires a fair bit of inquisition to ascertain the true nature of the events that had transpired to lead to the current inventory conundrum but we work together to set things straight. Incidentally, I recently found my thesaurus so I got that going for me which is nice.
Outside of my inventory investigations in the land of Kahiki, I spend a good deal of my free time roving through the wonderful worlds of the silver screen. In my studies at The Ohio State University, along with my degree in logistics management, I also received a minor in film studies. As of yet, this combination of degrees has not proven particularly useful but I enjoyed my time getting them which is all that matters to me.