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Employee Spotlight: Ashley Cook

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Ashley has been a familiar smiling face at our Crozet store for several years now. You may even have seen her as you’ve been browsing the aisles shopping, since her office is located downstairs right in view of customers. She is a great asset to us and great at what she does, so get to know her a bit better in her spotlight interview below!

What do you like most about your job at BRBS? “What I like most about my job is there’s always something to do and it is never the same thing.  Each day brings new perspective and it keeps me on my toes.”

Describe your journey at BRBS. “My journey at Blue Ridge started in June of 2012, as the Inventory Control Specialist and Accounts Payable Clerk. In the Spring of 2018, I added Account Receivables and Office Assistant.”

Describe “a day in the life” of your job. What do you do in a typical day? “A day in the life of my job can be very interesting, so I hit the ground running.  Answering phones, taking payments, receiving trucks, billing out special orders to our customers, pay our bills, and whatever else is thrown my way. I am always up for a challenge and I am ready to help.”

What are a few of your favorite hobbies outside of work? “A few of my favorite hobbies include photography and reading.”

What is your favorite movie, TV show, or book? Favorite musician or music genre? “I enjoy reading any book by Nicholas Sparks. I am a hopeless romantic underneath it all. The most recent book I have read is “The Memories of Butterflies” by Grace Greene. I enjoy all kinds of music from country to gospel to rap to hip-hop and of course, Disney songs–shuffling my playlist might surprise you. TV shows include Grey’s Anatomy, Criminals Minds and Chicago Med, Fire and PD.”

Where is your favorite place to visit or vacation to take? “My favorite vacation spot is Emerald Isle, NC. I have many wonderful memories there, my home away from home.”

Describe your family. “I am a proud mother of a teenager; his name is Ryan. He enjoys UVA soccer and Duke Basketball. We also have a cat named Storm whom we rescued from the molding bin here at BRBS.”

What is your biggest goal for the next 5 to 10 years at BRBS? “My biggest goal would be to strive to make Blue Ridge an even better company while being helpful and supportive to my family (customers and employees) here at BRBS.”

Name 3 words you would use to describe what BRBS means to you. “Family-Oriented, Supportive, and Unique.”

What is at the very top of your bucket list? “The VERY first thing on my bucket list is to visit South Africa and photograph the great white sharks.”

What is a random fact that most people don’t know about you? “I still own cassette tapes and I HATE glitter.”

What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself since working at BRBS? “I have learned that you can’t take everything to heart and you can only do your very best and leave the rest for another day.”

If you could go back to when you first started your job, what is one piece of advice you would give your past self? “There are good days and bad days, but this isn’t where you will be for the rest of your life, so relax and enjoy the little things.”

What is your favorite quote or motto in life? Motto: Your smile is worth a thousand words!  Quote: “If you want to know what someone fears losing; watch what they photograph.” -Anonymous

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