OC News: April 2019

By Emily Potter on May 1, 2019 @ 8:00AM CDT

Dress for Success

On Tuesday, March 26th, we sponsored a table and attended a luncheon for the Dress for Success NWA organization.

Single Parent Scholarship Fund

On Thursday, April 18th, eight representatives attended the Annual Corporate Luncheon benefiting the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County. Outdoor Cap sponsored a table to help enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education.

Saving GraceButterflies & Blooms

On Thursday, April 25th from 11:30 to 1:00, ten representatives attended the Saving Grace Butterflies & Blooms luncheon. There were over 1,200 attendees, and Outdoor Cap sponsored a table.

Bentonville Community Scholarship

Each year, Outdoor Cap awards a scholarship to a Bentonville High School or Bentonville West High School senior. This year, we selected Caroline Knight who will be attending the University of Washington to study Meteorology.

In addition to her academic achievements, Caroline impressed us with the following essay included in her scholarship application. Please join us in congratulating her!

20190422_192957I have been blessed to live my entire life in Bentonville. I am even more fortunate to be a third generation BHS graduate. However, my life hasn’t been without challenges as I was bullied in junior high and diagnosed with dyslexia in high school, a challenge I struggle with daily. Despite these difficulties, I have been lucky to have teachers who have accommodated my needs and encouraged me to take advantage of opportunities to be a mentor to others, to serve in our community and to aspire to a career in meteorology.

I never thought of myself as a leader, especially around my closest friends, who had such big personalities. However, being bullied in eighth grade really made me feel horrible about myself. Fortunately, my poor self-image also inspired me to strive to excel at competitive dance with the dream of one day being a part of the BHS varsity dance team. But, when I tried out my sophomore year, I didn’t make it, even though my friends did. I felt depressed and alone as never before, and I resolved to never feel that way again. I set a goal to work my hardest to get in position to make the team as a junior.

My hard work was rewarded as I made the squad as a junior. In fact, my coach told me she could tell I had worked harder than anyone to make the team. However, making the squad was just the beginning as the pressure to succeed made me doubt myself. But, I persevered and was rewarded, along with the entire team, with a state championship. Then, as a senior, my leadership was recognized by being selected as a co-captain. This was especially gratifying as it enabled me to mentor younger dancers who experienced the same pressure and doubt as I had, and, as with the prior year, we repeated as state champions.

While dance was primarily about me, even within the team context, it also gave me the opportunity to be involved with community-focused activities, such as second Street Pantry and the Bentonville Church of Christ Community Care Day. In each instance, while serving others, I was reminded of how fortunate I have been to have never known what it’s like to be without, as well as how important it is to help others whose circumstances are more challenging than mine.

My fascination with weather began as little girl when I was terrified by storms. However, in the fifth grade a tornado hit a home in our neighborhood and I knew I wanted to be a meteorologist. After that, I was consumed with The Weather Channel and liked doing my own weather research. Recently, I’ve interned with KNWA meteorologist, Dan Skoff, to learn what goes on behind the scenes, as well as in front of the camera. Last summer, I spent time at the National Weather Service in Tulsa, where I was able to witness hands-on research and application of meteorological science in real-life situations. All of which has made me very excited about studying meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.

I have spent 18 years growing up in Bentonville. I am looking forward to my upcoming venture in a new city and state and sharing my knowledge of the weather with others so they may better understand what is happening and how to respond. Who knows, I may even be able to calm the nerves of another youngster fearful of storms.

Employment

With locations in Arkansas, California, and Texas, we currently employ 419 people, but that number is always changing. Check out all of our employment updates for the month including new hires and open positions.

Promotions

We’re always working to help our team members grow in their current positions as well as advance to new roles and take on additional responsibilities. We’re proud to say two employees received promotions in April.

Kurt Evans

Kurt has accepted the position of Senior National Account Manager.

Michelle Mumford-Brown

Michelle has transitioned to the role of Production Design Lead in the Product Design department.

New Hires

Outdoor Cap is constantly growing, and our team members very quickly become our family. Check out our newest additions for the month of April.

Carl Cantrell

Carl has taken on the job of Material Handler/Lift Driver in our Pick Pack department.

Dayana Carbajal

Dayana has transitioned to the role of Customer Care Specialist on our Customer Care Team.

Clifton Craddick

Clifton has accepted the position of Assistant Sales Manager in Non-Retail Sales.

Samantha Farnsworth

Samantha has joined the Marketing Team as our new Staff Photographer as Dan Snow focuses more on JUNK’s photography needs.

Adam Hammock

Adam has joined our Embroidery team as a Machine Operator.

Juan Hernandez

Juan has joined our Embroidery team as a Machine Operator.

Stephanie Higgins

Stephanie has taken on the job of Patch Operator in our Domestic Patch department.

Elma Jimenez

Elma has taken on the job of Patch Operator in our Domestic Patch department.

Justina Miller

Justina has now taken on the job of Account Lead on the Custom Sales Team.

Joseph Turpin

Joseph has joined our Embroidery team as a Machine Operator.

Hannah Watkins

Hannah joins the Embroidery team as Quality Control/Trimmer.

Tenure

20 Years

  • Susan Easley
  • Valerie Hughey

Retirement

  • Kent Nordquist

Open Positions

As of today (May 1, 2018), we’re currently working to fill the position listed below; please see our career page for more information. 

  • Human Resources/Accounting Assistant
  • Embroidery Machine Operator (1st & 3rd Shifts)
  • Material Handler
  • Print/Press Operator – JUNK
  • Production Sewer – JUNK (Days & Nights)
  • Sewing Assistant – JUNK (Temporary)

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter

Emily is the Content Marketer for Outdoor Cap Co. She holds an M.A. in AD & PR from the University of Alabama and a B.B.A in Marketing. Emily is an avid Crimson Tide football fan. She has a golden retriever named Opie Winston, and a cat named Tide.

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