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Celebrating The Women At 3-D

This International Women’s Day we would like to celebrate the industrious Women at 3-D!

We wouldn’t be the company we are today without the invaluable input from these team members.

Chelsey Kopp: Line Locating Technician Assistant

Chris Edwards: Administrative Support / Inventory Control

Jody Gibbons: Controller:  Accounting Clerk

Patricia Kozubski: HSE Coordinator

Lindsay Mayr: Vice President

THANK YOU!


3D-logo-redesign-bup33-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating company. For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of the Damage Prevention industry in Western Canada. Although the industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years, we have been very fortunate to have been at the leading edge of the evolution and still maintain the highest levels of quality, accuracy, consistency and customer satisfaction in our industry.

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Interview With 3-D’s Co-owner & Manager Lindsay Mayr

3-D has many amazing women who help run the company and we wrote a little Blog about them, but, today, we wanted to showcase Lindsay, the boss, who flawlessly manages the Office and is an inspiration to any female (this writer included) who wants to work their way up the ladder or wants to be an entrepreneur while being a Mother.  This International Women’s Day, Lindsay Mayr, our intrepid Manager and co-owner of 3-D,  did an interview on her lifestyle as a Lady Boss and Mother. 

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Do You have a fixed routine?

There is nothing I love more than an early morning. It is the perfect way to start my day off. I get up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to sit with my coffee, and, if it’s warm out, I’ll sit on my porch reveling in the complete silence (I live in the country) and the occasional animal sound in the distance. This is the only time I have for and to myself before my day begins. It is my routine…..half an hour of nothing with my coffee.

From then on its get ready, get my son ready, breakfast, day home drop-off, the stop at good ol’ Timmies on my drive into the office and it begins! Once I arrive at the office I just begin to take everything as it comes and tackle the highest priorities first and that is my routine!!

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The view during my morning coffee 🙂

 

What motivates you?

Prior to my son being born my motivation was that my husband and I were building our dream and that each and every day I had a purpose and a reason to get up and get going! Knowing that I had a business with a Team that counted on me daily to lead, guide and maintain our work relations with so many people and the never ending task of becoming better at what our company does. I felt strong and proud!

Post baby my motivation has turned in another direction and extended to include my son. I get up for him, I conquer every task and hardship I may experience for him, and continue to build and fight for our dream for I have a purpose behind why I do what I do…..my son. This is for him.

 

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

John Gault

 

What books can you recommend to other business owners?

Atlas Shrugged Audio book, great to listen to while working or even driving to work!

 

What are 3 skills you find most important in business?

  1. Determination
  2. Motivation
  3. Knowledge and first-hand experience in your business

Some may expect me to say Microsoft office or have some degree from some university or community college in Business- but not for me. I strongly believe that it has been my many years in this industry that has provided me with the hands on experience which has created my skillset for this position.

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Me working out in the field gaining hands on experience!

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What would your advice be to a budding female entrepreneur/professional?

  • Stay strong and focused – always remember your companies mission for some days you will ask yourself why you are doing this again and you must be reminded
  • Keep emotions out of what happens in the business- I mean it!
  • Knowledge and perseverance always prevails. Always.
  • You can’t help everyone on a personal level – keep boundaries
  • There will be times where you feel defeated, doubted or treated disrespectful by others and you must pick yourself up, remind yourself, or show them who you are and why you are the one in your position – Because nobody knows your job better than yourself.
  • Keep learning and researching new, innovative tech for the business and stay “up to date” with what is going on in your industry.

 

Who did you hire to help your company grow?

There is my “Professional Team”, as I like to call them. This Team consists of amazing Chartered Accountants and their assistants, a great Lawyer and our Benefits advisory group who also deals with our personal insurances for us business owners and our employees group benefits program. These are the key professionals who we always consult with inside our company when we need answers and to be guided in certain matters pertaining to our operations. A lot of them have become great friends over the years.

I would not be able to operate and continue to run the office/company smoothly without the individuals I have working next to me in the office. They are my backbone on the days I need to be reminded I have one; they are the support in the many different areas inside the business that make it operate; These individuals are here helping the business grow and succeed; they are excellent multi taskers and each come with a valuable skillset of their own which has been an added value to us all. I would be lost without them.

We also have an experienced, knowledgeable, work driven and focused Field Team. These are our frontline gents/ladies who are the image of our company. Battling the many seasons we are blessed to have in Western Canada, working hard and being the best at what they are there to do for our clients – Pipeline & Utility Locating. It is with these individuals and their experience that help our company maintain our growth, exceptional Service and the Quality we exceed daily.

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Jody, Darlene and I at the Nisku Office

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Patricia and I at the Kamloops Office

 

What is your biggest challenge right now?

My largest challenge, speaking openly and honestly, is returning from maternity leave and finding my “space” back in the business, and adjusting to others fulfilling duties that were once mine. Being absent for just over a year and having the new team members wonder who I am, what it is I do there, and trying to almost “prove” my existence with the ones who have not worked with me prior to leaving was tough, but it all just takes time. It has also been hard to adjust from once breathing and living only for the business and my work, to returning with family priorities being number one.

I’m sure many women feel this at some point in their career, but in order to grow you have to feel uncomfortable from time to time. When I begin to doubt myself, and my skillset in general, I always stop and physically say “I am a strong, beautiful, confident business woman. You can do this! You know this business!!”

I also try to not take anything work-related personally, and always strive for the best in my own eyes

 

What do you do in your downtime?

The second I leave work and drive the hour to pick my son up from his day home is when my downtime begins. My son takes over my priorities for the rest of my day and it’s play time for us. When I’m not outside enjoying nature with him, my husband and my two dogs there is nothing more that I enjoy than crocheting and having a cup of coffee. This is it……very simple and very relaxing and enjoyable. It is very hard for me to turn my mind off from each work day so my downtime is very important to me.

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You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and LinkedIn

 


 

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Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating since 1994.

3-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Line Locating company. For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of the Damage Prevention industry in Western Canada. Although the industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years, we have been very fortunate to have been at the leading edge of the evolution and still maintain the highest levels of quality, accuracy, consistency and customer satisfaction for line locating in our industry. When you call before you dig, call 3-D Line Locating Ltd.

 

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To All The Ladies

“Here’s to strong women.  May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

It’s International Women’s Day on March 8th, and, so, we looked around our own workplace and realized that we have the best and brightest women right here who help run 3-D and make it great!

Jody, our financial guru, keeps on top of all our AP/AR and monetary tasks. Darlene runs all the purchasing and One call process for our clients as well as being our bubbly receptionist. Trish runs the Kamloops office, tackles all our marketing & social media needs and recently just completed her Internal Auditor training for our HSE Program through BCCSA! Last, but not least, Lindsay is one of the co-owners of 3-D Line Locating and manages the entire office. There could not be a more wonderful and empowering boss to work for.  All of us have worked hard to get to where we are and never let the stigma of ‘women in the workplace’ get to us.

It takes everyone in a business to make it successful, and this dynamic and brilliant group of women definitely disprove any stigma regarding gender inequality. We really can have it all.

Here is a little more on all our leading ladies. Make sure to check back on Tuesday March 8th, International Women’s Day, for a more in depth interview with Lindsay, the co-owner and manager of 3-D Line Locating.


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Jody joined our 3-D team at the end of January 2014.  She came in for Lindsay just as she was getting ready to head off on maternity leave.  She has mastered her position as 3-D’s Accounts Payable/Receivable and Payroll Clerk.  There is never a decimal out of place or a penny unaccounted for.  Our accountants have made several remarks to us regarding her attention to detail and ensuring that the company’s files are maintained to the highest standard.

You’ll likely see Jody around the office looking for missing receipts, unaccounted for hours, questioning field tickets and confirming  the clients details so that nothing is left for the unknown, or holding up the work flow inside our company.

We often joke to not get on her bad side around the office or field, but I’ll let you in on a little secret, Jody is a very caring and appreciative person that wants to see everyone here succeed. She is always pleasant and her willingness to help anyone who may need the extra hand is what makes her such an amazing person, who we are so lucky to have working for us.

Since her time with 3-D, we have seen a significant decrease in field to office errors regarding paperwork and uncollected account receivables.  This being said 3-D could not have asked for or found a more perfectly suited person to have in this position.

Thank you, Jody for everything you do for the 3-D team.  It has never gone unrecognized.

5Q’s for Jody

Q: What is your favourite part about your job?

A: Everything!! I love all aspects of my job equally!

Q: What is the most incredible view you have ever seen?

A: Sunset setting across the Ocean.

Q: If you could live anywhere where would it be?

A: Texas

Q: What is your favourite thing to do on the weekend?

A: Relax, cook or bake

Q: What is something interesting about you that people may not know?

A: My love and passion for horses.

Darlene

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Darlene has been with 3-D for 3  years and you will know her as the Administrative Assistant.

She is the friendly face that greets you as you walk in our doors at our Nisku Head Office and the cheerful voice that picks up when you call.

Darlene has several tasks that she performs to  our Team. She is a fantastic multitasker when it comes to her role, for, she needs to be! She is the one who maintains our inventory stock as well as the one in charge of knowing where our equipment and supplies are at all times and when there is maintenance needed on anything she is the one who everyone calls. If she’s not in the shop unloading and receiving our supplies and equipment you can find her up front working on our field crews laptops making sure all updates are being updating for our programs and software subscriptions.

The other side of her position is receiving our AB One Calls for our clients and making sure they are sent to our field crews in a timely manner to be looked after from a field level.

There’s not much that Darlene doesn’t do around here for everyone. She is a wonderful asset to our 3-D Team and we have enjoyed the hard work and determination she brings with her every day. May I also say that she loves her job so much she even shows up half an hour early just about every day to make sure the gate is opened, lights are on and ready to  tackle the day—How lucky are we!!  

A huge applaud goes to Darlene! Thank you for all your hard work these past few years!

A few Q’s for Darlene

Q. Favorite part of the job.

A.  I like all of it!!

Q.  Favorite TV Show:

A.  “Big Bang Theory” and favorite all time Movie Classic is “Sound of Music”

Q.  Favorite thing to do on the weekend:

A.  Visit family, shop or cozy up on the couch and watch a good movie.

Q.  Most incredible view I have seen:

A.  I have sooo many!  I love our Rocky Mountains and driving through them.  And the Sunsets over the ocean in Australia, and the Tropical forest hikes I’ve been on there.

Patricia

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Patricia has worked for 3-D for many years, starting out in the field and now running our Kamloops office.

A creative streak a mile wide means Patricia helps up make all our marketing materials, newsletters and also runs all the social media for 3-D. Along with these duties, she has recently achieved her COR Internal Auditing Training!

A Few Q’s for Trish

Q. What is your favorite part of your job?

A. I love working downtown Kamloops. I can zip out and grab awesome coffee, lunch, groceries and go shopping after work.

Q. What is your favorite movie or T.V. series?

A. I have to many! Firefly/Serenity. LOTR. Studio Ghibli

Q. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

A.  If I’m not drawing or writing I am out hiking somewhere!

Q. If you could live anywhere where you live?

A.  New Zealand.

Q.  What is the most beautiful view you have ever seen?

A.  In Australia I got up at 4 am and went and sat on the beach and watched the sunrise. People were jogging or fishing in the surf as the clouds rolled back and beams of light burst through sporadically lighting up patches of beach, it was amazing.

Lindsay

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 Lindsay is one half of the dynamic-duo who own 3-D Line Locating.  She began work at 3-D in 2004 and worked in the field for about 2 years before moving into the office.  In 2011, Lindsay and Mike bought the company and became the owners of 3-D Line Locating! For over 10 yrs Lindsay has helped run the company, and is still our go-to girl for anything we have questions about.

5 Q’s for Lindsay

Q: What is your favorite movie or T.V. series?

A: HEARTLAND

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

A: Hanging out with my husband, son and animals in and around the yard. In the evenings CROCHET 😉

Q: If you could live anywhere where would it be?

A: The Mountains…..more than likely British Columbia

Q: What is your Favorite Christmas festivity?? (Music, food, etc)

A: I am in love with the Christmas Music! Good Old Bing Crosby, Lawrence Welk, Bony M the classics!! I start to listen to them in the middle of November EVERY SINGLE YEAR up until Ukrainian Christmas in January! Not to mention I begin to watch ELF months before Christmas and Griswalds Family Vacation.- All of these combined get me in the Christmas Spirit.

Q: What is something interesting about you that some people may not know?

A: My dream for over 10 years now has been to have a miniature animal farm. On this farm I would have: miniature donkeys, pygmy goats, ponies and a calf and some chickens for eggs…..maybe even a mini pig!!

 


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Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating since 1994.

3-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Line Locating company. For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of the Damage Prevention industry in Western Canada. Although the industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years, we have been very fortunate to have been at the leading edge of the evolution and still maintain the highest levels of quality, accuracy, consistency and customer satisfaction for line locating in our industry. When you call before you dig, call 3-D Line Locating Ltd.

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