Employee Spotlight: Aimee Carter

Role: Senior Accounting Coordinator

Hometown: Southern California, USA

“My husband and I go to car-shows in Atlanta and Orlando
throughout the year for people passionate about Imported modified cars. He was
thrilled when I was offered a job at a Japanese company!”

Well into her eighth year working in the Nichiha Accounting
department, Aimee Carter is absolutely comfortable with the challenges of
manufacturing accounting and at home in the vibrant downtown culture of Macon,

Aimee came to Nichiha in 2011 after moving to Macon with her
husband, Andy. He works at Mercer University. They relocated to Macon after
graduating from the University of West Georgia. Aimee’s move to Macon wasn’t
her first big move.

In 2005, Aimee’s family moved to Georgia from Southern California.
It was her junior year of high school. She adjusted to the culture shock by
focusing on her passion for golf. She played all the way through college. After
graduation, Aimee transferred her athletic focus to weight lifting. Fitness
remains an important part of Aimee’s life - most days, you can find her at the
gym doing heavy lifting and high interval trainings.

Aimee and Andy moved into their home in 2010. Their house is built
to reflect the historic Macon homes from the 1930s. They are part of the
homeowners working to build up the downtown Macon community.

“We love Macon. We live in a house with the Historic Macon
Foundation. Our house helped enforce the vitalization project in our Downtown
area. We are proud to be a part of it.”

The dedication to progress that helped Aimee succeed as she’s
moved across the country, persevered in athletics and contributed to the
historic fiber of Macon have led her to positively impact her team at Nichiha.
She has developed a successful career at Nichiha by honing her skills in cost
accounting and manufacturing.

“I love the challenges Nichiha has provided me in manufacturing
accounting. I feel like if I keep pushing myself, I will fall more in love with
my work. The challenge is addicting and makes me want to continue to grow
especially with the new plant coming.”

Aimee continues to grow even more by pursuing an MBA at Mercer, to
then later transform into her CMA, Certified Managerial Accounting. She
recognized that Nichiha would benefit from her working to expand her expertise
in cost accounting. She’s committed to moving up in the company and supporting
others in their path as well. Aimee appreciates the uniqueness of the Nichiha
culture and enjoys working to create value for the company and her colleagues.

Remy Branch doesn't Hesitate to Take Initiative in her New Role.

Congratulations to the Golden Hard Hat Winner for January, Remy Branch!

It is a new year and time to celebrate our first  Golden Hard Hat winner for 2019, Remy Branch, Office Manager. Here is some recent feedback that exemplifies Remy’s achievement: When hired, Remy took on her current role and didn’t hesitate to take on responsibilities beyond her role that filled interim gaps in other departments.  Working closely with Sales and Accounting, she took on a sizeable project to improve the 2017 and 2018 Rebate Program which opened doors for new opportunity and improved processes. Remy is always assisting employees with a great attitude and friendly smile.  The Culture Committee has benefitted from her volunteerism and assistance with office projects and events.  The Management team has Remy to thank for her hard work on the Data Security and Effective Communication Testing. Through her hard work and support of office operations, she has made our headquarters a more functional and inviting place to work.

 Thank you, Remy and congratulations!

Casey Boyd isn't Afraid to get His Hands Dirty and Do What it Takes to Get the Job Done.

Congratulations to the Golden Hard Hat Winner for November, Casey Boyd!

The Macon Plant’s winner of the Golden Hat award is Casey Boyd.  Casey is responsible for maintaining and repairing all of our fork lifts while at the same time assisting the maintenance team as requested.  Casey also helps on regular basis with any special cleaning activities.  Casey’s willingness to take initiative and do whatever it takes to get the job done makes him a perfect candidate for the Macon's Golden Hat award.

 Thank you, Casey and congratulations!

Hayley Bernard Takes the Initiative to Enhance Logistics at Nichiha

Congratulations to the Golden Hard Hat Winner for October, Hayley Bernard!

Our most recent Golden Hard Hat winner, Hayley Bernard, Warehouse Associate, is a member of the Logistics department based in Macon. David Girard, her manager, describes Hayley’s overachievement like this: “She is the residential shipment scheduler and she purchases Tamlyn for the company.  Over the last few months, credit concerns and stock availability have made her scheduling job very dynamic, sometimes scheduling trucks to pick up the same day as the orders are released, changing carriers on short notice, and closely monitoring order status, regularly working with production and accounting teams to ship as soon as possible.  She also works with carriers to ensure that we are using the best option to deliver our product, which is more art than science,  taking prices, truck availability, and carrier performance into consideration.  If not for her efforts, our shipping performance would not be as strong as our results show.”

Thank you Hayley and congratulations!

Gabriel Acevedo Builds a Lasting Future by Connecting with Co-workers and Customers.

Congratulations to the Golden Hard Hat Winner for September, Gabriel Acevedo!

Thank you all for helping us to celebrate and recognize our most recent Golden Hard Hat winner, Gabriel Acevedo, Architectural/Structural Analyst. Here is some recent feedback that exemplifies Gabriel’s achievement. “He has been really helpful in teaching me and the rest of inside sales technical aspects as well as jumping in to assist whenever it is needed. For example, we had a lead come through the marketing email that no one had reached out to in regards to some installation questions and Gabriel stepped in and assisted him with everything he needed; he called the gentlemen several times and sent him a follow up email. He also is really great about building relationships with other coworkers outside his department, which I think is a crucial aspect of the Hard Hat winner.”

 Thank you Gabriel and congratulations!