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Employee Spotlight – Pem Hobbs

Welcome to the Employee Spotlight

Mahoney Environmental is in its second week of our new feature called the ‘Employee Spotlight’. It’s our way to reflect on and draw positive attention to the most important assets  of Mahoney – its employees! A functioning business cannot function without a solid team in place, and we are extra proud of that team.

Twice monthly, an employee at Mahoney will be nominated and featured in this ‘spotlight’.

This week, Pem Hobbs, Regional Account Manager for North Carolina is interviewed.

Thanks for your time, Pem!

What is your role at the company? How long have you been with Mahoney, and what position did you start at?

P: North Carolina RAM. May 1st will mark year 4 with Mahoney.

How do you balance your career at Mahoney with family life?

P: Dedicate Friday nights to family pizza/movie night. And try to find an afternoon/evening with my wife to have a few cocktails at one of our favorite spots. 

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Mahoney, whose job would you want?

P: Jack Reeves. I admire and value his experience in sales in our industry.

What do you like most about Mahoney?

P: Traveling the state of North Carolina

What is on your wish list for the next five years at ME?

P: I want to help grow the Carolinas to the second largest market for ME behind Joliet.

What has been your favorite project that you worked on here at Mahoney?

P: Bojangles was the most rewarding but the US Foods push is second. It was early on in my career at Mahoney but I learned a lot about the company during that 2 month period. 

What drew you to Mahoney when you initially started? And how has the company changed since then?

P: The family owned background with the desire to grow the company through people. John Mahoney put a premium on the individuals to represent his company, that stands out!

Before working at Mahoney, what was the most interesting or unusual job you had?

P: One summer I worked at a firework store and loaded up on fireworks throughout the summer to shoot ALL of them off in one night! 

Share your proudest moment since coming on board at Mahoney?

P: Bojangles agreeing to terms with Mahoney.

Miscellaneous Questions (non-job related)

Do you have a favorite or inspirational quote to share?

P: “The most important thing in life, is to enjoy life.” – My Grandfather, Pem Hobbs

Best vacation you have been on?

P: It’s a tie, my honeymoon to Mexico or Bonnaroo 2011

If you could change careers right now, what would you choose?

P: Chicago Cubs radio play by play announcer

If you could interview one person in the world (dead or alive), who would it be, and why?

P: My Grandfather, Pemberton William Hobbs. There is a lot I wish I could talk to him about now.  

Choose your Mr. Men/Little Miss, to best describe your work personality? Your home life personailty?

P: At home I am referred to as “Captain Dad.” Because of my love for the Captain America movies and willingness to help do everything possible around the house and handle the kids when my wife is sick or out of town.

Motto or personal mantra?

P: “Be present, not perfect” – Joe Maddon

If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring (assuming basics are provided for you)?

P: My banjo, a radio with an endless battery life to listen to Cubs games and a bottomless keg of my favorite beer Hop Drop n’ Roll IPA.

People would be surprised if they knew what about you?

P: I’m a nerd for Star Wars and Marvel Superhero movies

Finally….three words that best describe you?

P: “Go Cubs Go”


Thanks Pem! We appreciate your contribution to this interview AND especially to all you do for Mahoney Environmental!

Want to nominate someone? Email the Director of Marketing directly to submit your nominations: [email protected]. Please title the email “Employee Spotlight Nomination”.

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