Staff Management Salutes a Company Hero in Afghanistan

Carlos AfghanistanPictured: Carlos Rojas-Neira, Sargent of Company A Distribution Company of the 334th Brigade Support Battalion and Staff Management Safety Manager. Rachel Leist, Staff Management Senior Account Manager leads the care package initiative for Carlos and his fellow soldiers.

As part of the largest military deployment from Iowa since World War II, Carlos Rojas-Neira, Staff Management Safety Manager, was deployed to Afghanistan over Thanksgiving. Carlos will lead a team in Afghanistan as a Sergeant of Company A Distribution Company of the 334th Brigade Support Battalion.

Carlos joined the Staff Management team in 2001. As a 3rd Shift Account Supervisor at a Staff Management site in Iowa City, Carlos developed a strong team of line leaders and was instrumental in generating efficiency gains and cost savings for our client. In January of 2009, Carlos was promoted to Site Safety Manager. As the Site Safety Manager, Carlos worked tirelessly to ensure open communication and that our associates put “Safety First” – every day, every shift, every line. Carlos developed a highly responsive safety culture in which everyone’s contributions and involvement are valued and issues are proactively identified and addressed before they can lead to accidents. Carlos took a partnered approach to working with our client which quickly earned plant leaderships’ trust and admiration. Thanks to Carlos’ leadership, Staff Management has achieved and maintained our best safety record in site history.

Carlos will be deployed for a year. In his absence, Staff Management and the team at Carlos’ home site are coming together to send care packages overseas. Rachel Leist, Senior Account Manager, leads the care package initiative. She has organized the Staff Management team to donate food, personal care and other miscellaneous items that will make a big difference to Carlos and his fellow soldiers, especially during the holidays. Besides donating items, associates also wrote personal notes, made cooling headbands, crocheted prayer hearts and made small pillows. A nearby pre-school class drew pictures and wrote notes to Carlos thanking him for his service and for protecting them. Rachel just sent two 30 pound care packages as a result of the team’s efforts and corporate contributions and will continue to send a care package monthly for the duration of Carlos’ deployment.

The entire Staff Management | SMX team would like to thank Carlos for everything that he has done for our company and our country, and wish him a safe and happy holiday season. To help make the holidays a bit brighter for Carlos’ family in his absence, Staff Management is pleased to provide a gift for his family and presents for his 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son as a token of our appreciation for his service. Rachel Leist and Susan Murphy, Staff Management Operations Manager, are looking forward to making the holiday delivery to the Rojas-Neira household in person.

Happy Holidays Carlos!