So...now that you've gotten familiar with a few of our products, we think it's time you get familiar with us! This blog posting is all about the employees here at GSS; Katie, Kellie, Alex and Courtney. The four of us girls run a tight ship here at GSS...or so we like to think! Here is just a small introduction, written by each of us, that sums up what we do here. Call on any given day and we are the ones who will help you with all of your gun storage needs. Can't wait to hear from you!
Katie Stephey- Marketing
Well, I’m told that I’m the Marketing specialist. Being part of a start-up business, everyone does a little bit of everything so titles are practically irrelevant. I’ve been with GSS since the beginning so I’ve done a little bit of everything – sales, packaging, shipping, bookkeeping, etc. Now that there are several more on staff, I am able to focus where my strengths are – marketing, advertising, graphic design, social media, and PR. Something we all have a hand in is customer service and product development. Kevin, the owner/inventor and my dad, always runs new product ideas by the staff because we each have a different outlook, whether it be how to sell it, how to package it or how to ship it. We make a pretty dynamic team.
Favorite part about working at GSS: My favorite thing about working at GSS is working with family and helping my dad out especially after all of the things he has done to help me in my life. I also appreciate the fact that I’ve seen the business grow from the beginning and know that my work everyday effects what will happen the next day. Every employee needs to know that the work they do matters and that they aren’t just a number.
Favorite thing to do when the boss isn't looking: If I have a minute or two while the boss is out I will love on my cat (the white one shown below), or get my Pinterest on.
Favorite GSS product: My favorite product is the Rifle Rods. Where to begin… The Rifle Rods are such a consistent and refined product. They do the job they say they will do with such simplicity. Since I design the packaging, the fact that this product hasn’t changed in a long time means I haven’t had to redesign the packaging in a long time. Less work for me!
Kellie Kinsella- Account Manager
As a daughter of the owner and inventor, I came on to the GSS team after graduating from Augustana College in the Spring of 2010. Having been so close with my family growing up, joining the family business was a no brainer. Since starting here, I've held pretty much every position, from product packager to account manager. One of the great things about our company is everyone starts from the same position and has opportunities to move up to positions where their skills can be best utilized. That being said, if you have a question, I'm the one with the answers. Currently, I oversee Kikstand accounts and all bookkeeping duties. While I say these are my main responsibilities, that doesn't mean I don't tap into others throughout the day when needed. When a teammate needs help I'm always a holler away. It's one of the perks that comes along with working for a small family business like Gun Storage Solutions!
Favorite part about working at GSS: I love that at GSS we are such a tight knit. Being a small company requires a particular type of team atmosphere. I've certainly found that here.
Favorite things to do when the boss isn't looking: Use the company credit card to online shop! Just kidding...probably take an 'animal break'. Our animals give me the energy I need to get through the day! Everyone should have animals at work.
Favorite GSS product: Rifle Rods. Without a doubt. They may take a little more time to explain, but the result is the most dramatic out of our product line.
Alexandra Kelly- Dealer Relations
My journey at GSS started right around a year ago...since then I've seen two promotions and a business take off right before my eyes! Don't get me wrong, GSS had their fair share of customers when I started, but we have seen so much growth in the past year it truly is amazing. I have been privileged enough to work with our dealers the past few months, and I have been enjoying every minute of it. We have a great dealer program set up here at GSS and we have formed some great relationships because of it. We currently have over 150 dealers across the United States and 2 overseas dealers! Maybe in a later blog post I'll tell you folks allll about it. But if you just can't wait, please don't hesitate to call me up! If it sounds like a 12 year old girl has answered the phone, that's me! Or so I've been told a time or twenty...
Favorite part about working at GSS: The people...you can't beat working with people you really like and communicate well with! It's such a laid back atmosphere, but we still get the job done.
Favorite thing to do when the boss isn't looking: Watching animal videos and/or playing with the GSS Employee Support Team... (see below)
Favorite GSS product: The Kikstands. Mainly because I have seen how valuable they are to people. The kind of attention they have gotten, and the amount of orders we have had for this product is really amazing!
Courtney Simpsen- Shipping & Production
I have worked at Gun Storage Solutions since September of 2011. I am the production manager and handle all shipping procedures. If you order through our website or over the phone, your products are in good (my) hands. Order fulfillments and confirmations, tracking inventory, updating and regulating raw materials and supplies are some of my daily responsibilities. The GSS Team is a very hardworking group, but also fun and great people to work with!
Favorite part about working at GSS: Free lunches! Where else could I work and have the boss cook me lunch?
Favorite thing to do when the boss isn’t looking: Watch the kitties play/fight when they are frisky in the mornings.
Favorite GSS product: The Original Handgun Hangers. They are one of our most popular products and the easiest to ship out!
Dottie, Little, and Mini- Employee Support Team
Well, what can we say? We are basically the glue that holds this place together. Sure, we may take naps for 7 of the 8 hours out of the work day, but who's counting? There's still food in the bowl and water in the dish, we must be earning our pay!
Favorite part about working at GSS: The plethora of napping spaces
Favorite thing to do when the boss isn't looking: For me, Dottie, definitely getting in the trash. As for the cats, I catch them clawing up the furniture an awful lot...
Favorite GSS product: Whatever paper the products come wrapped in. It's great to nap on.
Thanks for taking a little time out of your day to learn a bit about us. We know here that it's always nice to be able to put a face with a name, or even just have a small look behind the scenes. Now that you know who we are and what each of us do, you can ask for us by name next time you need assistance with a GSS purchase or question!