Kathryn Wilbur

Posts By: Kathryn Wilbur

Integrity and Dedication

Submitted by: Carl Muhlecke, IT Consultant and Operations and Training Flight Chief, MSgt, USAF (retired) I joined the Air Force at 18 years old to follow in my Uncle’s footsteps. Throughout my career, I was lucky enough to have some amazing jobs and missions which I would like to take a minute to talk about. My first job as an Aerospace Physiology Technician was to train pilots on how to eject, parachute, and survive if needed. This role called upon me to put my fear of heights aside and attend the Army Parachute course. This challenge was my first opportunity …

Everyone can be Lucky or Unlucky

Submitted by: Chris Ruhter, Lead Business Analyst – Mobile App Development, United States Marines (retired) There was a firefight a few hundred meters off during the night my artillery unit, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, left Baghdad. It was around the end of April or very early May 2003 when we got the orders to pull out. The Army was coming in and some of the Marine units who had fought and secured the city were going to start going back to Kuwait. In typical military fashion, we were first told we might get sent home soon, which started numerous rumors …

Serving People in Need

Submitted by: Kateri Flood, Store Manager, U.S. Army I am currently a Sergeant on Army Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR). I decided to join the Alabama National Guard (NG) after Hurricane Katrina because I wanted to serve the people of our nation in their time of need. I enlisted in June 2006 as a Private First-Class Logistic Supply Specialist. I was called to active duty for the Operations Enduring Freedom in October 2009. After returning from Afghanistan, I was selected for a change of duty as a Human Resources Sergeant. I was awarded HR Sergeant MOS by exceeding standards in August …

Soldier for Life

Submitted by: Vernon Ervin, Senior General Manager, U.S. Army My name is Vernon Ervin. I served in the U.S. Army for 5 years and achieved the rank of Sergeant in 2.5 yrs. in service. My initial responsibilities as a squad leader and SQT NCO taught me a number of transferable skills that I currently use today, such as: team building, setting expectations and achieving goals in a specific time frame, delegation, perpetual coaching, accountability, focus, tenacity, evaluation and re-direction, and most importantly, loyalty and commitment. The military helped me develop a tremendous amount of confidence in myself and my abilities. …

Diwali – Festival of Lights

Submitted by: Yogamaya (Maya) Sanekommu, Director of Information Services Delivery Diwali or Deepawali also known as the “Festival of Lights” is one of the most popular festivals in the Indian Sub-Continent.  Deepawali literally means a “row of lamps” and is celebrated not just by Hindus, but also by Jains, and Sikhs. Hindus follow a lunar calendar and Diwali is celebrated in the month of “Kartika” that typically overlaps October and November. This year Diwali is being celebrated all over the world on November 7th. There are several mythological stories and historical events associated with the celebration of Diwali. These stories …

Big City Innovation

The TMX Finance Family of Companies was recently recognized at the internationally acclaimed annual Yext conference in NYC, which featured keynote presenters like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Hannah Fry, and David Blaine. Amongst an impressive pool of national and international companies like Taco Bell, Denny’s, Suntrust, and Capital One, our Marketing team was nominated for the “Innovative Brand of the Year Award” given to teams who are recognized as early adopters of new technology, advocates for new fields in the Yext platform, and mavericks who leverage advanced features in creative ways to future-proof their digital brand experience. As of today, …

I’m Human, Just Like Everybody Else

Submitted by: James Placek, Vice President Authorized Appraiser I have had the privilege of living with my sister-in-law, Bridget Jones, since 2004. Bridget has Down syndrome, which makes her not only special, but extraordinary. She is full of love and cheer. Guess what? She is more like me and you than you know. Instead of me telling you everything about her, let’s hear directly from Bridget! “Hey everybody, my name is Bridget Jones. I’m 43 years old. Many people don’t understand what I’m all about- why I’m special. I’m human just like everybody else. Most people know that I am famous …

Cancer Won’t Stop Me

Submitted by: Nikki Burns, General Manager I had my first mammogram 2-14-18. I giggled to myself on the way there thinking that now I was officially old since I needed this done. It stopped being funny when I was called back for more images and told I needed a biopsy. 2 days after my biopsy, my results were in and I was asked to come to the doctor’s office. No one gets called to the office for good results. My boyfriend came with me. I didn’t ask him to come, he just told me he was going. He knows me …

Survivor, Not Victim

Submitted by: Misty Spooner, General Manager *Content may be upsetting to some. Please read with caution. Domestic Violence used to be a topic that no one wanted to talk about or face. Thankfully, over the years it is now getting the attention it deserves. My story began when I started dating a guy whom I had previously dated in high school in October of 2004. Prior to dating him, I had lost my first husband to suicide and I was not emotionally stable or ready to be in another relationship, especially the kind I was about to find myself in. …

Building a Presence in the Hispanic Community

Submitted by: Erik Roldan, General Manager My name is Erik Roldan and my family is from Colombia. I learned to speak Spanish when my grandparents came to live with us when I was 5.  My grandmother did not speak any English so it forced me to learn Spanish at a young age in order to communicate with my grandmother. She provided a big Hispanic influence in my household, between cooking, listening to music, and always watching Spanish television. On September 15, 2018, several TMX Finance® Family of Companies team members volunteered for the Latin American Association’s (LAA) Hispanic Heritage Night …

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