Dedicated, hard-working, cheerful and maybe just a little bit sarcastic….these are just a few words I’ve heard people use to describe Rachel. With nearly five years on the OSC team, Rachel has become a vital part of Office Sign Company and we feel so lucky to have her. Hear more from Rachel below!
Name: Rachel Hovelson-Olek
Position at OSC: Quality Control/Assembly
Tell us a little bit more about what this entails? I take the sign parts made in other departments and assemble them into the final product that gets shipped out the door. I also check over our signs and products to be sure they meet our quality standards.
Where did you go to college? I graduated from Concordia College with a degree in Fine Art.
Where did you start your career? I worked at a print/sign shop for 6 years before coming to OSC.
How long have you been with OSC? 5 years this summer
Favorite thing about your job at OSC? I like that I get to be one of the last set of hands on an order because that means I get to see our signs in their final state, and some of the signs we create are pretty awesome. The people I work with everyday are great too.
Favorite OSC tradition, event or work perk? I enjoy the work half a day, then go to a Redhawks baseball game for the afternoon event.
Favorite thing about Fargo / Moorhead? The size of the FM community is something I really like. It’s not too small and not too big, which allows it to maintain that Midwest friendly feel and you can still find something to do every weekend.
When I’m not at OSC you can find me….Playing outside with my toddler and my dog, or lounging on the couch with my hubby watching shows.
Favorite place to travel to? Anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, especially the Redwood forests.
Favorite restaurant in town? Blackbird Woodfire Pizza.
Favorite sports team? The only time I ever consistently watch sports is when the Olympics are going on, so I guess that would make team USA my favorite.
What advice would you give to younger people trying to get into your profession? Develop an eye for detail and learn how to communicate effectively. When you work in quality control, sometimes you have to be the bad guy and let people know when they aren’t meeting certain standards, but if you can communicate that without judgment and with a positive attitude it becomes easier for everyone involved.
Written by: Rachel Hovelson-Olek
Quality Control & Assembly at Office Sign Company