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Today marks a milestone for one of our ASI employees. Jeanmarie Yososoegito, the senior member support specialist, has been working at ASI for 20 years! We sat down recently with Jeanmarie to get an inside look at her journey. Find out why she calls herself the “GPS of ASI” and what she has to say about hitting the 20-year mark.
Q: What is your title and job description?
JY: Senior member support specialist. Right now I am currently the receptionist which means I do a little bit of everything. I answer the calls that come in, redirect people that are lost, take the deliveries, direct candidates and visitors. Plus, internally I have employees that need to know where payroll is, human resources, so I’m the “GPS of ASI.”
Q: What was your position when you first started?
JY: I was hired for Central Files. We had a room where every member had their own file and everything was hand-filed. It was an extension of the mail room, so I used to open up the mail as well.
Q: What do you like about your position?
JY: Meeting and greeting people. I always gravitated toward helping individuals. When I left Central Files I went to process the distributor membership applications. I was able to instruct and educate our members on how to get their ASI number and get involved in the industry. I’ve always liked sharing the knowledge and pointing individuals in the right direction.
Q: What don’t you like about your position?
JY: I guess the one drawback is the freedom of movement. We really can’t leave that desk unattended. We have to rely on someone to be there for us to leave at the end of the day.
Q: How has ASI changed over the years?
JY: ASI is such a fabulous company to work for. I choose to work here because it’s family-oriented. I like that. I remember when we were a small company. We used to be at a different location and we had about 100 people. Back then we were under four different locations. In 2001 we moved here all under one roof.
Just to let you know how family-oriented ASI is, I actually started in the beginning of January, January 2nd. I didn’t have coverage for my kids, so ASI gave me the two-week leeway of getting coverage for my kids before I started full-time. And that’s why January 17th is considered my anniversary, because of the flexibility they gave me for getting coverage for my kids.
Q: What is your best memory?
JY: One of my best memories is when I was working at Central Files with Mike and Jeanette. Mike was planning on getting married and I thought he and Jeannette already were because the two of them just spoke like a married couple, bickering back and forth. I guess when I realized they weren’t a couple, WOW!
This comes full circle because I remember when Mike was celebrating a milestone there was always a fabulous gift of acknowledgment, and it was back then that I said, ‘I’m going to be one of those people.’ I was really proud when I hit the 15-year mark and now I’m even prouder that I’m hitting the 20-year mark. It’s been fabulous. I enjoy coming to work every day and I enjoy helping people, and I would say ‘thank you’ to ASI for giving me the opportunity.
Q: What are a few perks of working at ASI:
JY: There is so much! I love the blood drives and I participate in them faithfully. Our health care, the fitness program. I would put them pretty high on the list. A lot of times when I tell people we have a fitness coach that comes once a week they just look at me in disbelief.
Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?
JY: Now that I am a grandmother of two, a lot of my spare time is with my grandchildren. That’s one of the reasons I like the fitness program, because when I’m running after the six- and two-year-old you have to be quick!
Q: If your story here were to be made into a movie, who would you want to play you?
JY: Sandra Bullock. I’ve liked her from when she played Annie in Speed. In fact it’s still my favorite movie. I like how she was thrown into a situation and it didn’t matter how much she had to sweat, she persevered and trumped through it. I would want someone to say that we can throw anything at Jeanmarie and she would be able to take it and run with it.
— Interview by Lauren Medina
Enjoy a few more images of Jeanmarie!